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Humane Society took in 5,773 animals in last year

August 08, 2010

Having completed its fiscal year June 30, Humane Society of Washington County statistics show that 5,773 animals were received at the facility, an increase over the previous year by 432 animals, a 9 percent increase.

The increase represents the most animals accepted by the shelter in the past eight years.

The largest category within the numbers to increase was owner-surrendered animals, which increased by 66 percent to a total of 1,292 owned animals.

With intake on the rise, the shelter is finding itself in need of the following items: Pedigree Dog and Puppy food, Yesterday's News Cat litter, Tidy Cat/Generic clay litter and Purina Cat Chow. It also needs cat and dog toys, especially kongs for dogs.

"All donations are greatly appreciated," said Paul Miller, executive director of the shelter.

"With no indication that the economy will soon improve, we can only anticipate that we will see a continuing increase in incoming animals.

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"This will mean that the continuing support from our community will be greatly appreciated"

Anyone interested in donating to the shelter is welcome to drop off items during office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown.

Call 301-733-2060 or go to http://www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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