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Humane Society kicks off holiday adoption program

December 07, 2010

HAGERSTOWN — The Humane Society of Washington County is embarking on the fourth annual Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Promotion Campaign as part of its ongoing effort to stimulate the adoption of shelter animals during the holiday season.<br />Officials said this time of year is especially meaningful and the shelter places special emphasis on finding permanent homes for all the animals at the facility.<br />“At this time of the year, so many people go to pet stores instead of looking at their local shelter to find their family pet,” said Paul Miller, the shelter’s executive director. <br />“We want those individuals to be aware that the Humane Society has numerous wonderful animals in need of good homes. What better gift to give at the holidays than to give a shelter animal a second chance at a lifelong loving home?”<br />Officials said community awareness is often the key to success for a nonprofit organization. The involvement of a large cross section of Washington County residents in the campaign has proven to be an essential element in getting shelter animals adopted during the holiday season.<br />Local schools and business establishments are already involved. Students from Springfield Middle School, Cascade Elementary School, E. Russell Hicks School, Northern Middle School, Boonsboro Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and Winter Street Elementary School, as well as the Board of Education, Premium Outlets, Long & Foster Realtor on Dual Highway and L&L Pawsabilities are collecting items for the animals.<br />Throughout December and into January the items collected will be placed into stockings for the animals that have been adopted. Each animal will go home with their own filled stocking. Animals that are still looking for their permanent homes will receive items in stockings that are outside of their enclosures.<br />The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown.  Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about program

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