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creates a supportive environment that values animals for their role in human & social well-being, addresses overpopulation & mistreatment of animals, & reduces reliance on institutional sheltering

The Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) in Rockville, Maryland, is a non-profit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization that has provided animal sheltering services for Montgomery County since 1958. As an open admission shelter (one that accepts every animal), we handled about 8,700 animals in 2009 and service the animal-related needs of approximately 100,000 people yearly.

We provide an extensive foster program, a reduced-cost spay-neuter program, educational programs on responsible animal care for adults and children, bereavement seminars for pet owners experiencing a loss, a Safe Haven Program for domestic violence victims who own pets, and many more lifesaving programs. Our volunteer coordinator helps provide job skills for over 200 people.

Since our founding in 1958, we are celebrating the saving of almost a half million lives!

1. Adoption provides an animal with a second chance at a happy and safe life.

2. All pets should be spayed or neutered to help curb pet overpopulation.

3. Educating the public on animal welfare, compassion and treatment is one of our top priorities.

4. Caring for an animal is a commitment for the animal's entire life.