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MCPAW Supports Homeless Animals - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Jul 26,2018
Filed Under Pets , Community,

Callie’s surgery was funded by MCPAW. Photo contributed

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By Alyssa Gabidoulline/The Almanac

DERWOOD, MD - In March of 2014, a non-profit called MCPAW helped countless members of our community move into a brand-new home — the rebuilt Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Ever since, the Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being, or MCPAW, has been the fundraising partner for the shelter.

The funds raised support a multitude of programs that help keep the animals healthy and happy. Five such programs are highlighted by Executive Director Chris Shaughness: “One of the biggest programs that has an impact for the animal shelter” is the Veterinary Medical Fund. This program is crucial to the well-being of the animals, as “the shelter only has a limited budget that they can treat the animals with, so anything over and above that budget — we fund.” In the recent past, this has included funding the amputation of a stray cat’s leg and fixing a stray dog’s torn ligament in her knee.

Other programs include the enrichment program that provides cat scratch boxes and toys for dogs, the pet food pantry, and the Spay It Forward program that funds spay and neuters of community cats. MCPAW also provides grants to doctors of special needs animals to incentivize their sometimes-costly adoption.

Kalman Stein, chairman of MCPAW, hopes to bring awareness to animal-related issues in the county. He sees MCPAW in “a more expanded role in terms of helping [to] educate people in general” and “getting out more into the community to talk about animal issues.” He is talking about issues such as the trap-neuter-release program that protects feral cats from being euthanized.

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