November 1, 2016
Dear Noel,
November is upon us. With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, people often start to think about ways they can help serve others. Below is a story about how your donations helped Sam survive a serious health scare.
H.E.L.P. When It's Needed Most 
“He was abused before I got him. He’d had broken ribs. There’s a scar on his head where he was hit with a board that had a nail in it.”
Kristi was talking about Sam, a Jack Russell Terrier and Pit Bull mix. She gained custody of Sam and removed him from the horrific situation he’d been in.
Something was still off. Sam wasn’t walking or moving normally. Kristi could tell he was in pain, and it was getting worse.
She felt stuck. Living on a fixed income, Kristi had little money to spare, but she knew Sam needed medical attention!
Fortunately, Kristi’s mom told her about the H.E.L.P. program offered by the HSWC for Washington County residents experiencing economic hardship. The program assists with veterinary costs, temporary boarding of pets, and more in an effort to help people retain ownership of their pet in emergency situations.
Kristi took advantage of the H.E.L.P. program and received a $100 voucher for Sam to go to the vet.
Dr. Mack at Park Circle Animal Hospital treated Sam and diagnosed him with Lyme disease. She warned Kristi that it was potentially life-threatening. Sam was quickly placed on medication.
The doctor told Kristi that the H.E.L.P. voucher saved Sam’s life. He wouldn’t have made it much longer without medical care.
In this case, the voucher covered bloodwork, 30 days of antibiotics, and 10 days of pain medication for Sam.
Kristi was grateful to the veterinarian for working with her financially, knowing she needed a little extra help. “That much care shouldn’t have come from a $100 voucher.”
Sam is now happy and healthy! And Kristi finally has peace of mind.
“You are an amazing contribution to the community. I am so thankful.”
The HSWC recognizes there are wonderful pet owners out there that cannot always afford what’s necessary for their animal. That’s why we participate with several public assistance programs like H.E.L.P. We want pets to be able to stay with their families who love them, and we’ll do our best to keep it that way.
The availability of public assistance programs, like H.E.L.P., is completely dependent on grants and donations. If you'd like to contribute to funds like these, click here.
Sharrett Subaru Adoption Event & Pet Photo Fundraiser! 
On Saturday, November 19th from 11 am - 4 pm, meet us at Sharrett Subaru in Hagerstown for a day of adoptions and holiday fun!
This year marks our 3rd year participating in this great adoption event! Animals will be available with discounted adoption fees and they can go home with you the same day!
You are also welcome to bring your pet to have its holiday picture taken. In fact, the whole family can jump in for a perfect holiday family portrait!
See you there!
Upcoming Events 
November 5th
PetSmart Adoption Event @ Hagerstown PetSmart
11 am - 4 pm
November 11th - 13th
PetSmart Mega Adoption Weekend
Friday 5 - 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
November 19th
Adoption Event & Photo Fundraiser @ Sharrett Subaru
December 3rd
Photos with Santa @ HSWC
January 14th
14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

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Humane Society of Washington County
13011 Maugansville Rd
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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