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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Let The Cat Out… Talbot Humane Introduces Bark Week

Talbot Humane (160 x 121)Talbot Humane is playing on the Discovery Channel’s popular “Shark Week” by introducing its own “Bark Week” celebration October 14-18, leading up to the 4th annual Bark in the Bark festival on October 19 at Idlewild Park in Easton.

Bark Week features a series of community events at Easton and St. Michaels businesses, showcasing and in support of Talbot Humane’s adoptable dogs.

Promotions will run Monday through Friday during Bark Week at Marcoritaville in St. Michaels and at The BBQ Joint in Easton, Wednesday at Rise Up Coffee in Easton, and Friday at the Village Shoppe in St. Michaels. Donation jars will welcome contributions at all locations.

Marcoritaville offers half-price burgers at lunchtime throughout Bark Week. Dogs from Talbot Humane visit on Monday from noon to 2 p.m., tempting diners both to adopt and to donate. Chef Mark will match the week’s donation jar contributions made at Marcoritaville.

Adoptable dogs visit The BBQ Joint on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The eatery will offer homemade dog biscuits in support of Talbot Humane all week long. “We hear those doggie biscuits are delicious!” said Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, Talbot Humane’s executive director.

She encourages everyone to come out and get their morning cup of joe at Rise Up Coffee in Easton on Wednesday from 7 to 11 a.m. The dogs visit from 10 to 11, and Talbot Humane’s mascot, SNAPS, will stop by to greet the coffee crowd.

Bark Week concludes on Friday with a visit to the Village Shoppe in St. Michaels from noon to 6 p.m. by volunteer Pete Howell with his dog, adopted from Talbot Humane. “Be prepared to have Pete talk you into adopting,” warned Crankshaw-Quimby, “or at least coming out for Bark in the Park the next day.”

Crankshaw-Quimby thanked all four businesses for their support of Bark Week. “The Bark Week events are building excitement for Bark in the Park on Saturday,” she explained. “Having these businesses take part in the effort shows how committed our whole community is to the work Talbot Humane does for the animals of Talbot County.”

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer, call Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107 or visit www.talbothumane.org.

Talbot Humane Society New Year Open House

Saturday, January 9
Talbot County Humane Society, Easton
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

410-822-0107

Come visit all of the furry creatures at the open house. Join the celebration and enjoy refreshments, race paintings, raffles and giveaways.

Unconditional Love at the Talbot Humane Society

MYNT12-16 Talbot Humane (400 x 270)By Sandra Zunino

The Talbot Humane Society (THS) has been striving to provide the ethical treatment of animals in Talbot County since 1932. A private non-profit organization, THS is independent of other animal welfare organizations, relying heavily on donations to carry out its mission.

Through a contract with Talbot County, THS provides animal control services such as protecting animals from cruelty and neglect as well as retrieving stray animals. Any retrieved animal is housed for seven days to allow the owner an opportunity to collect a lost pet. THS evaluates the health and temperament of the animal during that time, moving it to the adoption facility if it goes unclaimed.

According to THS Director Brian Metcalf, the onsite adoption center can house about 50 cats and 20 dogs ideally, but currently has almost 150 cats. While some cats are placed in foster homes, there are not enough foster homes to handle the current numbers.

Due to the economy, more animals are being dropped off at shelters nationwide because people can no longer afford to provide them adequate care, says Brian. Simultaneously, adoptions have slowed and THS faces challenges financially because fewer people have the disposable income for donations.

Fortunately, THS has more than 200 dedicated volunteers to lend assistance. “Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” says Brian. “Without them, we couldn’t exist.”

Many THS programs are available to curb cat and dog populations as well as help owners provide responsible care. Thanks to various participating veterinarians, through the low-cost spay and neuter program, THS subsidizes spay and neuter surgeries for pets of low-income Talbot County residents. “Additionally, we provide spay and neuter service for approximately 1,000 animals each year,” says Brian.

Through the Pet Pantry Program, THS provides pet food to community residents who are experiencing financial difficulties so their animals will not go without. “So far this year we have provided 4,500 pounds of pet food to people in our community,” says Brian.

With THS’s Shiloh fund, life-threatening accident and medical emergency expenses beyond normal care of shelter animals are covered. “If a dog is hit by an automobile and was running at large in the community,” Brian explains, “we will take that animal to a veterinarian for treatment.”

Brian came to THS last October, relocating from Wenatchee, Washington where he was a Humane Society executive director. Since his arrival, he implemented the Chastity Lonely Hearts Club in honor of a dog that had been in THS’s care. With this new program, any animal in the shelter for more than 120 days becomes a club member allowing the adoption fees to be waived. According to Brian, animals sheltered for extended periods can suffer kennel stress, rendering them unadoptable. By waiving adoption fees, Brian hopes to save animals from that life-threatening condition.

Brian says he hopes to create a culture of team, family and mutual accountability at THS. The team, consisting of volunteers, staff, donors, adopters, sponsors and business partners as well as the THS critters, will be part of the THS family. “We are going to hold annual family reunions and invite every member of our family to attend and share their happy stories,” says Brian.

On December 19, THS will hold an Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. providing face painting for children, refreshments, raffles and giveaways. Most importantly, more than 100 cats will be offered for a special $25 adoption fee. The special will continue through December.

For more information call 410-822-0107 or visit www.talbothumane.org. THS accepts non-monetary donations such as pet food and supplies.