Humane Society staff helps local woman with her sick dog

December 22, 2011
  • From left, Tootlebug, Shirley Shoemaker, Paul Smith and humane society employee Cathy Jacques.
Submitted photo

The Humane Society of Washington County recently helped a local dog named Tootlebug when it became sick. On Dec. 21, Tootlebug came to the shelter with its owner to say thank you for the help. They came with two big pizzas and a cake for the staff.

Owned by Shirley Shoemaker, Tootlebug became sick in early December. Shoemaker came to the shelter to see if the staff could help with some of the medical costs. The shelter provided Shoemaker with a voucher for the HELP program and Tootlebug was diagnosed with diabetes. The dog is now on insulin and is apparently feeling much better.

"You saved my Tootlebug's life," Shoemaker said. "She was so sick and you all helped her. We can't thank you enough."

 The staff at the shelter thought Tootlebug knew just the right way to say thank you and they enjoyed the tasty treats.

The shelter has programs designed for the needs of the community. Washington County residents are welcome to call or go online at www.hsw to inquire about the HELP program, AID program, SNIP and SNAP Spay and Neuter programs, Silver Lining and Animal Health Voucher.

The Animal Health Voucher program was established in response to the recent canine parvovirus outbreak in the community. Established to help pet owners negatively impacted by the economic downturn, the program has been extended to include cats and will provide for rabies vaccinations in both species. The vouchers are worth up to $75, and a voucher is required for each cat and dog. The vouchers will cover the cost of a visit to a veterinarian's office for a cat/dog, and for the vaccination that includes the canine parvo virus, distemper and Bordetella for dogs, the two series FVRCP vaccinations for felines and rabies for both dogs and cats.

The certificates will be issued to individuals meeting the program's criteria.

The humane society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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