Humane society benefits from efforts over holiday

January 08, 2012
  • Meghan Waters led the collection effort at the board of education's central office.
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The Humane Society of Washington County received donations for its Home 4 the Holidays adoption promotion campaign from Washington County Public Schools and local businesses this holiday season.

Students at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Western Heights Middle School’s Tri M organization, Cascade Elementary School, Clear Spring Elementary School, Smithsburg High School and the board of education collected items and monetary donations.

 At Western Heights Middle School, student Kayla headed the Tri M organization’s “Santa Paws” efforts to collect items for the fourth year, with assistance from adviser Heather McEndree.  

 At the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Shandra Eyler collected items with help from student Esther and Principal Michael Thorsen.  

 At Cascade Elementary, Vicky Stouffer headed the collection, as did Kris Stotler at Clear Spring Elementary School.

 Students Danielle and Dylan took the lead at Smithsburg High School, and Meghan Waters once again spearheaded the board of education’s main office’s efforts to collect items for the animals.

 Second-grade students in Mrs. Brooks’, Mrs. Orth’s and Mrs. Durham’s classes at Fountaindale Elementary School researched community issues, designed and implemented their own solutions, and developed the Giving Tree that resulted in a large donation for the shelter.

Local businesses were also involved in helping this holiday season.  

Central Dawgma and the Dawg Wash on Pennsylvania Avenue, Waffle House No. 1274 on Crayton Boulevard, Hearty Pet at Premium Outlets and Meritus Medical Center’s Patient Services department obtained donations for the shelter this holiday.   

“These donations mean so much to the animals and staff,” said Paul Miller, the shelter’s executive director. “Community awareness is often the key to success for a nonprofit organization.”

“The involvement of a large cross-section of Washington County residents in our Home 4 the Holidays campaign has shown to be the essential element in our animals finding permanent, loving homes this holiday season.”

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 its own stocking filled with goodies.

The humane society wants to thank everyone who helped with the Home 4 the Holidays adoption promotion. The staff anticipates a record number of animals finding loving homes this holiday season.

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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