Pet lovers in Kent County, Maryland are so fortunate to have the Kent County, Maryland, Humane Society located in their area. The K.C. Humane Society is so much more than an adoption center for homeless pets. The Humane Society is very much part of Kent County’s Community.
Once a week Courtney Phelps, representing the Kent County Maryland Humane Society, is on WCTR, the local radio station, informing the community as to the pets that are up for adoption and the events scheduled for pets; at the shelter and around the county.
Both Courtney and Executive Director Ed Birkmire can be seen every week at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings walking dogs with a sign that reads” adopt me”, on the dogs back. Check out the pictures on Chestertown Farmer’s Market at Facebook. Most weeks the homeless dog strolling the market finds a new home.
Once a year the Kent County Humane Society, sponsors a huge community event called “Mutt Strutt”. Dog owners and dog lover assemble in the center of Chestertown, in Fountain Park, to parade through the town showing off their pets. In 2009, Mutt Strutt was combined with Washington College’s Center for Environmental Studies and the Town of Chestertown Earth Day Celebration to become an even bigger and better event.
The event takes place every April, and features the pets, the environment and lots of fun. Besides the Mutt Strutt, there is live music; lots of foods, free give a way’s, contest for the dogs, including pet tricks and limbo and more. Check out 2010’s event on the Humane Society of Kent County Maryland on Facebook.
In 2009 Kent County Humane Society saw 1400 dogs and cats come into the shelter. Animals up for adoption can be seen on line at www.kenthumane.org . To adopt an animal from the shelter, one must come into the shelter located at 10720 Augustine Herman Highway, Chestertown, MD and fill out an application. The shelter seeks to provide permanent placements to responsible loving homes. To accomplish this goal each applicant goes through a screening process to properly math the right pet with the right home.
There is a small fee for all animals adopted along with a spay/neuter deposit for neutered animals. The deposit will be returned upon proof from a veterinarian the animal has been spayed or neutered.
Volunteers are always welcome at the shelter. To volunteer call them at 410-778-3648.
One of the youngest and most prolific fund raisers is little Sarah Collins, who raises money throughout the year by selling bead bracelets at the Chestertown Farmers Market and donating the money to the Kent County Maryland Humane Society. This year Sarah donated $400.00 she collected at the Mutt Strutt
The Kent County Humane Society is closed on Sunday and Monday. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 until 5:30, Wed. & Friday from 10:30 until 3:30 and Saturday from 10 until 2.