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!

Kitten season is here and we are in desperate need of fosters for kittens, bottle babies, and mothers with litters. If you are interested in being our hero and becoming a foster, please fill out the application and send it to adopti[email protected]!

If you would like to contribute financially to help with the cost of the kittens medical needs, we would graciously accept cash, checks, card payments over the phone, or through the PayPal link on our website.We are in need of Purina Kitten Chow, Miracle Nipples, milk replacer, and cat toys. Please see our Chewy and Amazon Wishlists to order these items. 

We need fosters on deck for our pups too! If you’d even 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. The more time our dogs spend out of their kennel the better!

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

News & Events

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    Paw Tails Beer Release

    Keep an eye out for Paw Tails in beer stores near you! We are so excited to partner with Tall Tales Brewing Company for this yummy Hazy IPA! The Paw Tails Beer release party is set for Thursday, June 10th from 4-9 pm. 10% of sales will be donated to our shelter.

  • Adoptions & Fostering

    We are now allowing the public to fill out foster and adoption applications at home, and email them to us. Take a picture of your completed application or use a typing program and email it to us at [email protected]!

    The pandemic gave us good insight in what was best for our dogs. We are no longer allowing the public back into the dog kennels. If there is a specific dog you are interested in, shelter staff will bring that dog out to you.

    You can find the Foster Application below, and you can find the Cat and Dog Adoption Applications on the corresponding AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION page.

    Foster App (PDF)

  • Food Bank

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are in need of assistance. We have pet food of various types set aside in our food bank, designed to help out Wicomico County residents in times of need. All you need is a valid ID proving Wicomico County residency, and proof of your pet’s current rabies vaccination. Give us a call. We’re here to help!

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Visit our adoption page to learn how to adopt one of these animals!

Shelter Items Needed

We currently need:


  • Toys – check out Spots’ Best Durable Chew Toys!
  • Leashes
  • Collars
  • Pupperoni treats
  • Peanut butter



  • Toys
  • Litter boxes
  • Temptations treat
  • Double & single food bowls


Cleaning supplies:

  • Fabuloso
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Liquid laundry and dish detergents

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*