The Humane Society of Kent County Maryland, Inc is a private, charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization, locally or nationally. Though we do provide Animal Control services for Kent County, we are not a County agency. Only a third of our budget is funded by the County; the rest comes from fees for service and private donations from generous citizens.
HSKC Programs & Services
- Animal Sheltering and Adoption
- Animal Control
- Pet Therapy
- Humane Education
- Spay/Neuter Discount Programs
- Private Euthanasia
- Lost & Found
- Dog Licensing
HSKC operates an open admission animal shelter and welcomes every animal in need that we can legally accept. As an open admission shelter, we take in many animals who may not be immediate candidates for adoption. Whenever possible, our staff and foster parents work with these animals to rehabilitate them and qualify them for adoption to good homes. There is no set limit to the length of time an animal can remain a candidate for adoption. As long as we have space, and the pet appears to be able to maintain good physical and emotional health in our kennel environment (or foster home), the pet will remain in our program.
Every animal, however long it remains in our adoptions program, is guaranteed a clean, safe, comfortable space, nutritious food and fresh water, medical supervision and, when needed, care and supplies, as well as interaction with volunteers who groom, exercise, and socialize with them.
We do our best to move young puppies and kittens and other special-needs animals into foster care, where they remain until they are ready for adoption. We also work with breed-specific groups to find homes for some animals, in order to maintain space within our own shelter. We do everything in our power to avoid the euthanasia of healthy animals, or of animals who can be rehabilitated or go to homes that will provide care for the pet’s lifetime. We are able to find new homes for the great majority of our pets. We are working to create a community where all adoptable animals are able to find forever loving homes. These are the steps we are taking to achieve that effect:
- Maintain a widespread effort to promote spaying and neutering of all companion animals
- Continually increase the number of shelter animals that are adopted to new homes
- Encourage responsible pet ownership through public awareness campaigns, humane education programs, and efforts to legally eliminate puppy mills and backyard breeders
- Supporting pet owners through training classes, counseling, and referrals to outside information sources