Humane Society Office: 410-749-7603

Wicomico County Animal Control: 410-749-1070

Salisbury City Animal Control: 410-548-3165

Paws and Claws HSWC Newsletter

Paws and Claws HSWC Newsletter

We’re excited to re-vamp our Humane Society Newsletter! Paws and Claws will be published twice a year and sent out through email. Our newsletter used to go out quarterly, but since our social media and website are so active, we thought it’ll be bigger and better just twice a year. Paper copies will be available upon request.

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Fosters Needed!

Our shelter is overcrowded and we are in desperate need of foster families. If you are interested in being our hero and becoming a foster, please fill out the application and send it to [email protected] .

We need fosters to take dogs on day trips too! If you’d like to take one of our shelter dogs for a day trip to Pemberton Park, Assateague, or for a sleepover in your home please fill out the foster application for approval to do so. Our dogs thrive physically and mentally when they spend time socializing outside of their kennel with kind, loving people.

You can find the Foster Application below and the Cat and Dog Adoption Applications on the Adopt pages.

News & Events

HSWC invites you to our
3rd Annual Spring Yard Sale and Market
May 6, 2023 from 9-3!

Come out for some delicious food fresh off the grill, shop an assortment of local vendors, check out our new silent auction this year, and meet our adoptable animals. We will have various pet items available at bargain prices, along with our merchandise for sale. All attempts will be made to have the event rain or shine. In the case of extreme conditions,
the rain date is Sunday, May 7th.

We are looking for vendors and individuals selling yard sale items.
The fee for businesses or crafters is $20.
For individuals with yard sale items, the fee is $15.

If you are interested in being a vendor, please send an email to Whitney at [email protected] and we will send you the application.

We look forward to seeing you all out there for a
fun filled day for a great cause!

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Welcome to HSWC Dr. Jennifer Mahan DVM! Dr. Jen has signed on as our full-time Vet and we are so excited for her arrival. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from St. Georges University and has a background in shelter medicine. We will be offering well check days in the near future and she is offering to do a long list of surgeries for the general public at a lower cost. We are so happy to welcome her to our family.

Shelter Items Needed

We currently need:

We feed our animals Hills Science Diet (adult dog/cat and puppy/kitten) if you’d like to buy a bag! Any other dry food is used for our food bank for residents in need.


  • Knuckle bones- high need!
  • Skin & coat supplements – high need! (We have many dogs with skin issues that benefit from supplements – any kind works)
  • Dye-free treats for the dogs with skin issues
  • Toys for large dogs
  • Treats (especially pupperoni – some dogs can only have soft treats)
  • Wet dog food
  • Sturdy leashes



  • Kitten Chow
  • All natural (dye free) cat chow 
  • High quality wet kitten food (Iams, Merricks, Royal, Purina Pro- these help with GI issues)
  • Wet cat food (any type, patè preferred)
  • Toys
  • New cat beds (if anyone can crochet and would like to make one, our cats are obsessed with the handmade beds!)


Office & Clinic Supplies:

  • Puppy Pads – HIGH NEED! (We use these in the clinic for each animal during surgery)
  • Copy paper – HIGH NEED!
  • Clorox clean spray
  • Paper towels (Bounty or another sturdy type preferred)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Distilled Water
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

Thanks for your support!

*We do accept blankets and towels. We do NOT accept pillows, bed pads, comforters, or anything with stuffing that the dogs can tear into.*