Visit a Pet Shelter Month at the MD SPCA

September is National Visit a Pet Shelter Month so there’s only a few days left! Stop by the MD SPCA and let them help you find a pet that’s right for you. Flower, a five-month-old Bloodhound mix, is just one of the puppies, kittens, dogs and cats seeking a home.

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Saturday is World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day

September 28 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part World Rabies Day. All over the world people take part in local, regional and national events, held to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies.

Please help us spread the word and make sure you are current on you pet’s rabies shots!

Donate your Old Car to the MDSPCA

Vehicle Donations are always welcome at the MD SPCA. Help them save more homeless pets by generously donating your unwanted vehicle.

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Pork and Cats

Fat is generally beneficial to cats, but the fat globules in pork are larger
than the fat globules in other meats, and can clog the small blood vessels of a
cat. Avoid any pork products, especially bacon, which contains the hazardous
preservative, sodium nitrate

MD SPCA Staff Picks!

To help more pets find homes, each month Maryland SPCA staff members will select and highlight a special dog or cat in their adoption center as the Staff Pick of the Month.

Check back at the beginning of every month for a new list!

Canine Influenza Update

Recently, up to six cases of Canine Influenza have been reported in Montgomery County, two of which resulted in fatalities. While there have thus far been no confirmed cases in Baltimore County, there have been situations which raised suspicion for the disease.

Canine Influenza is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory system of dogs. Infection with the virus can result in a cough, nasal discharge, fever, pneumonia, or in some cases, death. Canine Influenza is spread between dogs through direct contact, aerosolized nasal secretions, and contact with contaminated objects or people. Infected dogs can shed the virus for two days prior to showing any signs of illness, or shed the virus without becoming ill at all. Even if a dog looks healthy, it is still possible for them to pass the virus to other dogs.

Treatment is aimed at controlling secondary bacterial infections and providing supportive care. There is currently an influenza vaccine available, which requires two doses given two weeks apart and then boosters annually. Immunity to the virus is predicted two weeks after the second dose. It is important to note that the vaccine is designed to prevent severe illness, not infection with the virus. It is still possible for vaccinated dogs to spread the virus to others and possibly to show symptoms of illness.

What you can do:
◾Monitor your dog for respiratory signs, such as cough or nasal discharge. If you notice any respiratory signs in your dog, contact your veterinarian immediately.
◾Separate your dog from other dogs at the first sign of respiratory symptoms.
◾Be aware of who your dog’s “friends” are, and whether they are at higher risk for the carrying virus (example: a new playmate recently adopted from the shelter).
◾Consider vaccinating your dog, especially if they are at higher risk for the virus.
◾Dogs that we recommend vaccinating:◾Dogs that travel often, especially those participating in agility, dog shows, and other events that place them in close proximity with other dogs
◾Dogs in the same household as or in frequent contact with higher risk dogs
◾Dogs in households that foster shelter dogs
◾Immunosuppressed dogs, such as those on long-term prednisone
◾Puppies and senior dogs

The doctors and staff at Paradise Animal Hospital are concerned about the recent outbreak of influenza and how it may impact your dog. We have the vaccine in stock, and are offering to vaccinate healthy dogs without an examination fee, provided they have been seen by the hospital within the past year and are not due for other vaccines.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Paradise Animal Hospital at (410) 744-4224.

MD SPCA Headquaters

Visitors to the Maryland SPCA often ask about the Italianate-style mansion that sits on the MD SPCA’s property. The Headquarters House is the centerpiece of the estate known as “Evergreen on the Falls.” The estate was purchased by Henry and Caroline Snyder in February 1862. By the summer of 1863, they had improved the property with extensive plantings and the lovely mansion.

Tragically, Henry Snyder was able to enjoy the home for only two years before he died of small pox in 1864 at the age of 38. Mrs. Snyder, unable to care for both her family and the estate, returned to her family farm. She sold the property in 1870 to David Carroll, owner of the Mt. Vernon Milling Company, who purchased it for his son, Albert. The estate remained in the Carroll family for the next 35 years, during which time kennels for hunting dogs and stables for carriage and riding horses were added to the property.

The MD SPCA purchased the estate in July 1926. It has served the MD SPCA well as a headquarters over the years, even surviving a fire in 1971. Though damaged, the house was restored and, on August 23, 1975, it was declared a National Historical Site.

Help the MD SPCA Find a Home for Fred

Hi! My name is Fred and I am a “Swinging Tap Dancer”. Looking for a fun-loving dog who is comfortable going on long walks or just lying around the house? Want a dog with energy, but who won’t wear you out? Then I’m your dog. Please come visit me at the Maryland SPCA! I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

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The MD SPCA Hours of Operation

Morton Gorn Center for Animal Adoption at the Maryland SPCA

To Adopt a Pet

  • Monday and Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday through Friday: noon to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pet visiting hours end 15 minutes prior to closing.

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