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Main Shelter Information: 240.773.5960

Hit a HOME RUN for Adoption!


Montgomery County Humane Society competes in
2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

Community support needed to save more lives

ROCKVILLE, MD -- The weekend of August 3-4-5 kicks off the Montgomery County Humane Society’s Home Run Adoption Challenge, as MCHS competes in the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Pet lovers who adopt a dog or cat this year during the months of August, September or October will not only give a loving home to a homeless pet, they will ultimately help MCHS save more lives.

MCHS is one of 50 shelters around the country -- and the only one in the DC region -- that made it through the online qualifying heat earlier this year.

The nationwide competition runs August, September & October and challenges the 50 qualifying animal shelters and their communities to get a much larger number of animals adopted or returned to their owners than last year. The goal is for each competing shelter to find homes for at least 300 more cats and dogs than during the same period in 2011. Everyone, especially the animals, wins every time there’s an adoption, and the most successful shelters will earn grant funding to help carry out their missions helping more animals.

The Challenge is an entertaining and innovative way to connect hundreds of delightful, loving cats and dogs at the shelter or in foster care with new families. “With community support, MCHS will not only save hundreds of animals and bring joy to many adopting families, we’ll also have a shot at earning grant funding to help cover our increasing costs of veterinary care, fostering, training and enrichment, supplies, and other needs of shelter animals,” said Cris Bombaugh, MCHS president and CEO.


The MCHS Home Run Adoption Challenge kicks off with adoption specials and festivities at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Rockville, August 3-4-5. Patrons will enjoy food, music, and baseball-themed activities to celebrate new homes for every adopted cat and dog. The theme song “Take Me Home from the Shelter,” an adaptation of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” will cheer pet lovers when they adopt their next pet dog or cat throughout the campaign. Every adoption is a Home Run, and our adopters are our All-Stars!

Hours will be extended as follows:
Friday, August 3 noon-7 pm
Saturday, August 4 11 am-7 pm
Sunday, August 5 11 am-5 pm


Prospective adopters should come prepared. Here’s a list of what to bring with you and what to expect:

- Please bring a government issued ID and proof of address if your current address is not on your ID.
- If you rent your home, bring proof of your landlord’s approval to have a pet.
- Collars, leashes, and cat carriers will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own if you like.
- With support from Newman’s Own Foundation, adoption fees will be waived Aug. 3-4-5 except for the County license required for Montgomery County residents. The license fee must be paid by check or money order.
- We encourage you to bring all family members to choose your new pet.
- You will fill out an adoption application and meet with staff to help ensure a good match.


It’s going to take a groundswell of effort throughout the community to help MCHS meet the Challenge. If you’d like to volunteer as a greeter, photographer, or social media messenger during the kick-off weekend, or if you can help solicit donated services throughout the Challenge, please email David Poole, volunteer coordinator, to sign up.


MCHS helps lost, relinquished and abused animals in need every day. As the operator of the open admission shelter for Montgomery County, MCHS turns no animal away, regardless of age, health, condition or temperament, including most wildlife and farm animals.

MCHS adopted out approximately 2,800 animals and reunited over a thousand more with their owners in FY12. More than 150 foster homes house animals on a temporary basis, and MCHS also works with nearly 200 private rescues locally, regionally and nationally, to move hundreds more animals a step closer to a perma­nent home. Field service drivers are dispatched to help animals in distress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Outreach and education programs extend to community organizations and children, teens and adults to help them learn how to prevent abuse and promote responsible pet ownership.


About the Montgomery County Humane Society:

The Montgomery County Humane Society in Rockville, MD, is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that has provided animal sheltering services for Montgomery County since 1958. As an open admission shelter that never turns an animal away, MCHS receives funds to operate the Montgomery County Animal Shelter under a grant from the Montgomery County Government and from private donations. The only full-service animal shelter in the county, MCHS handled more than 8,200 animals in FY2012. Programs and services include adoption, foster care, lost and found, rescue, education, and volunteering. Visit our website to learn more, or call 240.773.5960, option 4. Hours to visit with the animals are weekdays, noon-7pm, and weekends, noon-5pm; closed Wednesdays.


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