The Humane Society of Wicomico County is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. As such, we are governed by a Board of Directors and Executive Director that sets policies and procedures that are carried out by the staff. We are not a Wicomico County entity and do not fall under their supervision. We currently have a contract with Wicomico County and the Town of Delmar to provide animal control services. A separate contract with Wicomico County and the City of Salisbury to house and care for the stray animals that come from within Wicomico County and the City of Salisbury Public and Animal Control.
In order to operate as the Humane Society, we rely on the support of the public in the form of donations, bequests and fundraising events. We receive no funding from the Humane Society of the United States, the American Humane Association or any other national or regional Humane Society or SPCA.
As we offer animal control services, we are an open-admission shelter. This means that any stray animal that comes from Wicomico County is not turned away. Shelters that do not offer animal control services can REFUSE an animal they deem unadoptable or when they are full. To turn away animals is unfair to the animal and to the residents of their community by not offering any options. We strive everyday to have no-kill statistics but we will not allow and animals to suffer. Sometimes the animals that come to us are not adoptable due to being medically untreatable, diseased or aggressive. Not all animals remain mentally stable or physically healthy due to the stresses of long-term kenneling. When this is the case, these animals are humanely euthanized. Realizing that what you may be able to do for one single animal at home; we cannot do in a shelter environment as we have to keep in mind the health and safety of all our animals and potential adopters. Additionally, the financial impact if we spend thousands of dollars on a single animal may affect our ability to help hundreds of more animals.
OUR GOAL IS TO ADOPT OR FIND A RESCUE FOR ALL OF OUR ADOPTABLE ANIMALS!! We do not have animal euthanasia dates or euthanasia lists. Any animal that is adoptable stays with us until adopted. For our long-term residents, we may try to transfer the animal to another one of our shelter partners that share our philosophy of ADOPTION FIRST!!
One of the ways we utilize to plan our shelter capacity is to work with those who need to surrender their animal to ask the reason and if we can offer or direct them to assistance so they can keep their pet. We intake surrenders by appointment to manage our capacity. We ask for a surrender donation to help with the costs of vaccinations and initial care of the animal. ($25 dog/puppy–$15 cat/kitten–$25 cat w/litter).
We are proud that we can offer low cost euthanasian for the public and low cost spay and neuter clinics to help control the unwanted pet population.
There are ways to help and each of us can make a difference.
Contact your local shelter and find out what YOU can do… get involved… make difference…provide a donation….volunteer your time for an event or fundraiser….or just come and spend time walking and socializing our animals. All help us greatly appreciated.
For over 40 years, the Humane Society of Wicomico County has provided temporary shelter for the County’s homeless and unwanted animals. If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family, we’d be glad to help you choose the right animal and invite you to visit with our animals. Please take a few minutes to visit and learn more about us. There are a lot of people who just want to help.
Our Mission Statement
The Humane Society is working to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love and care for them, and is dedicated to relieving the pain and suffering of animals through education and direct intervention.