Animal Welfare League

of Queen Anne's County

Queenstown, MD 21658
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Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne's County

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Along with caring for the animals lessons, advice, funny tidbits pop-up and we would like to share this with you.

Friday, 20 December 2019 19:26

If I could go back in time, I would still take Grandpa Ron home.I would still let him share my bed. I would still let him curl up on my chest every single night, purring right in my face.I would still put him in a handsome collar with a bell and a bow tie. I would still get him a cute little old man sweater to wear on colder days.I would still take him on a walk in a stroller I found in the shed at work, because I wanted the new sights and smells to distract him from the fact that he had to wear a diaper he hated toward the end.I would still love him with absolutely everything I have, because he was my perfect little lion and he deserved only the best.I won’t sugar coat it; I’m devastated. I cried until my head ached and passed out from pure emotional exhaustion for most of the day. But I also believe that the more intense the grief, the more worthwhile the experience that came before it.Rest in peace, my little lion. I love you.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 21:47

That’s one of the first things I ask potential adopters when they meet these three sweet boys. Garbanzo Bean, Grayson, and Ernie have one big thing in common (aside from their residence in our adoption managers office) - all three have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as FIV or feline AIDS. That particular name makes FIV sound pretty scary; it might leave you picturing a sickly cat that needs daily medication but will probably pass away pretty quickly no matter what you do.I’m happy to report that couldn’t be more wrong.

An FIV diagnosis simply means that these boys have a below-average immune system. If they get sick, they could be a little sicker and they could be sick longer. However, on a regular basis they’re happy and healthy cats, not on any special medications, and they have a life expectancy pretty comparable to a non-FIV carrying cat (it’s possible that they could have a couple of years shaved off at the very end, but there’s no reason to panic - they’ll live a long and fulfilled life.)

The key with FIV is prevention. Regular vet visits are necessary for any pet, but they are especially crucial for keeping your FIV+ kitties in tip-top shape. Also, keeping these cats indoors only is a must to limit their exposure to viruses and bacteria.All in all, when you adopt an FIV+ cat, you’re guaranteed a lifetimes worth of love and happiness, just the same as if you adopted a cat that tested negative.

So swing by and see these boys sometime soon; they adore visitors.

Thursday, 03 October 2019 16:42

What a handsome man, huh? His name is Grandpa Ron and I took him into my home for fospice not too long ago. For those of you who don’t know, fospice is a blend of fostering and hospice - a chance for us to provide end-of-life care for old and/or terminally ill shelter animals. Grandpa, for instance, is a super senior at 17 years old and has some medical issues that need to be monitored. Having him in a home setting maximizes his comfort (he rarely leaves my bed) as well as gives me the opportunity to keep a better eye on him.Fospice care does set you up to be heartbroken. But so does loving any living thing - it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it, right? Until that moment comes, I get to enjoy all the mornings I wake up with him curled up on my chest, all the Eskimo kisses, all the loud purrs. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Friday, 29 March 2019 13:50

We recently had the opportunity to meet some of our county police! They came to visit the shelter, and were more than happy to spend some one-on-one time with our adoptable animals. Here at AWL, we are overjoyed when we're able to build these kinds of positive relationships with the community. We'd like to take this time to say THANK YOU to the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office for everything that they do!

Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:43

The Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County is taking a lot of pride recently in becoming a useful resource to our community. We want Queen Anne’s County to know that even though we depend on them, they can depend on us to give back! We are trying to grow as an organization and take progressive steps forward, and we can’t do that without your help.

We have our Feeding Furry Families Food Pantry Program up and running. This is simply a food pantry where everyone is welcome. We often get donations of dog and cat food that we can’t use for various reasons, so we decided to create a program where people of the community can come in and get quality food for their pets for free! Please visit our Facebook or reach out to us for more information.    

We’ve also received a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture that’s allowed us to offer free spays and neuters to Queen Anne’s County residents! This is income based, but it’s really quick and easy to apply, so please spay and neuter your fur-babies! There’s no better time!

We are also holding rabies and microchip clinics multiple times a year. As of right now, we have one scheduled every month for the summer of 2019. At these clinics we offer low cost rabies vaccines and microchipping (with free registration!) to our community members, because we know vetting can get expensive.

We have plenty of other ideas to give back to the community that we are in the process of making a reality. AWL wants to be seen as a resource that our community members can rely on. You’re more than welcome to give us a call, shoot us an email, or even stop by the shelter during operating hours and we will do everything we can to assist you!


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