Talbot Humane


Halloween Hustle to Support Pets of the Midshore


2020 certainly hasn’t turned out how most of us planned, and Talbot Humane is no different. At the end of last year, after taking a year off, we were working toward the 10th Anniversary of Bark in the Park on 10-10-2020, but that was not meant to happen.

Talbot Humane’s commitment to the animals in the shelter and community haven’t changed during this year. “The need of support for animals and owners has not gone away,” shares Executive Director Patty Quimby. “We have seen a slight decrease in animals entering our direct care during the pandemic, but the needs in the community for food, medical assistance and spay neuter are stronger than ever. Our inability to be out at community events, hold in person fundraisers and see our friends in person means we have to be creative with how we raise these funds.”

This year is the first year for the Talbot Humane (virtual) Halloween Hustle Dog Walk & 5K. The event was created so families and friends can help the animals of the Midshore even if getting together in person is not possible right now. Sponsored by Bay Imprint, West & Callahan and TCR Event Management, you can register to participate through November 3, 2020. Each individual registrant receives an awesome long-sleeved event t-shirt designed by Bay Imprint.  You walk, run, or combo any distance you wish with or without your pets! The event includes a fundraising component where every person who chooses to fundraise has the opportunity to win some cool swag which includes water bottles, registration refund, hoodies and a top fundraiser prize too.

There is also an online costume contest for humans and pets alike! Quimby shares “We may not be in person, but we will still have a “parade” of costumes online to compete!”

It is pretty simple and there are prizes thanks to local businesses stepping up to support Talbot Humane and thank you for participating. To participate you will post images of you, your friends, family and/or pets in costume at https://www.facebook.com/talbothumaneevents (be sure to LIKE this page and get your friends and family to like it too). The top 10 photos (those who gain the most “Likes”) will win awesome prizes, voting for costumes will end on November 3, 2020.

For more information on the event visit the event website at https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Easton/TalbotHumanesVIRTUALHalloweenHustle5k or contact Talbot Humane at (410)822-0107.

$10 Microchipping Continues into the New Year!

Yes, you read that correctly! Thanks to the overwhelming interest, we will be continuing our  $10 microchipping services to pets owners into the new year. The cost includes insertion and registration of the chip. “We just had an amazing reunion at the shelter,” shares Executive Director Patty Quimby “A skiddish chihuahua mix had been missing for more than 3 months. A Good Samaritan in Cambridge captured her and brought her to us. Because she was microchipped she and her owner were reunited.” 

Quimby stresses the importance of microchipping as well as keeping the information current. “Talbot Humane registers our microchips for the owners to ensure it is completed, but be sure to update your phone number, address and email as they change. Without current information the chip is almost useless.” Quimby shares that this may be done online or with a quick phone call to the company. 

To make an appointment simply call 410-822-0107, you DO NOT need to be a Talbot County resident to take advantage of this great offer. This fast and simple process is the easiest way to identify your pet if he or she is ever lost or stolen. 

September is Responsible Pet Ownership Month

1. Exercise

Like people,  pets require exercise. While it’s easy to fall back on the traditional walk around the block, responsible pet ownership requires owners to discover the kind of exercise their pet loves. While some dogs live for their daily walk, others may prefer a faster pace, in which case a run or strenuous hike with elevation changes might be more appropriate. For cats mental stimulation (even for a few minutes a day) can play a key role in keeping them happy. Other pets may be enriched with a variety of foods or toys too.

2. Health and Wellness

Another important responsibility is scheduling and attending regular veterinary check-ups for your pets, seeking appropriate dental care, and providing proper nutrition. Pet medical needs vary with age, so it’s important to discuss with your veterinarian what your pet needs at any particular stage of life.

Your veterinarian can also advise you on any necessary dental care for your dog and cat, such as regular cleaning.

On nutrition, you may need to consider several factors, including age, weight, activity level, allergies, etc. Your vet can help you ascertain the proper amount of food for your pet, as well as any special dietary needs they may have.

3. Training and Events

There are many fun ways to bond with your dog, from enjoying a morning walk to snuggling on the couch. Training is an excellent way not only to make your dog safer, better behaved, and more social, but also to strengthen the bond you share. pets from guinea pigs to horses can be involved in community events too!


4. Travel

It’s important to make sure there’s a plan in place for you pets if you need to travel without them. As with training, many options exist, including professional pet sitters who make daily visits to your home and boarding kennels where your pet can stay while you travel. Celebrate Responsible Pet Ownership Month by making sure your travel provisions are optimal for your pet’s safety, well-being, and comfort, as well as for your own peace of mind.

5. Socialization

Socializing your pet is important at any stage of life, from  tiny to senior, and can prove a fun and fulfilling way to celebrate responsible pet ownership. Younger dogs and puppies can benefit greatly from early exposure to situations and circumstances that they are likely to encounter in their everyday life, while older dogs may need help coping with the arrival of new pets or children in the home.


6. Safety

The familiar “safety first” instruction is no less relevant in the context of pet ownership. A vital way to engage in responsible pet ownership is to ensure that your pets thrive in the most secure environment possible. Make sure your yard features adequate fencing and, if your pet spends a lot of time outside, provide clean, fresh, accessible drinking water, as well as shelter from the elements, at all times. Before heading out for a walk, make sure your dog’s collar, harness, and leash are in good condition. Make sure id such as collars, tags and microchipping are up to date!

7. Emergency Preparedness

As we have seen across the country with hurricanes, flooding, fires, being prepared to take care of your pets in an emergency is an important part of pet ownership. Emergency preparations include outfitting windows in your home with stickers notifying emergency personnel that pets are inside, setting aside food, water, and medications for use in an emergency, and preparing a pet first-aid kit and “go-bag” for your pets. In advance of an evacuation, identify pet-friendly hotels and create an evacuation plan that includes your pets.

Concert for the Love of Animals

Join us for an outdoor social-distanced concert to support the animals of the Midshore
The 99 will be performing a benefit concert for the animals served by Talbot Humane on Thursday August 20th at 7P.  They are an Easton-based Christian praise band formed in the midst of COVID-19 to deliver musical messages of hope. The lineup includes Bruce Strazza, Sara Chapple, Jordon Stanley, Tawney Strazza, Jesse Kirchner, Jimmy Maguire, Nevin Dawson and Ray Remesch. They are excited to give their first live performance and help support the important work Talbot Humane does in our community.
The Oxford Community Center is committed to keeping patrons safe. To do so there are very strict guidelines to attend the event. In order to keep everyone safe and follow best practices only 50 tickets will be sold for this event. Patrons are to bring their own chairs. Masks are a must as well. There are designated seat posts to ensure social distancing for attendees.  Click for the full explanation of the OUTDOOR EVENT GUIDELINES OCC
To learn more about the concert, purchase tickets, and see the detailed measures being taken to ensure we are all safe while enjoying an evening of music please go to:


Clear the Shelter August 2020

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations) today announced that its Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign will run from August 1 to August 31.  To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, the stations’ month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters/rescues.  This is the sixth consecutive year that NBC and Telemundo owned stations present their popular pet adoption initiative to communities nationwide. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes.  

This year Talbot Humane is excited to participate in this national initiative. We have cut adoption fees in half, offering super sized new pet packets and you have the satisfaction of saving a life! Check out the pets for adoption now! 


2020 Oxford Picket Fences Help the Animals!

Artist Mark Montoya poses with his picket fence supporting Talbot Humane!

Oxford, MD – For the past decade, the Oxford Business Association’s (OBA) fall auction of these beautiful painted picket fences has been a highly anticipated event. Local artists from Oxford, Easton and St. Michaels have volunteered their time, talents, and creativity to produce colorful painted scenes on each 4-picket section of the iconic Oxford Fence representing Eastern Shore Life. These works of art will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to local charities and nonprofits. The fences are on display throughout the town of Oxford for the entire summer. This project is meant to invite everyone to explore Oxford and its unique shops and restaurants, while allowing OBA to give back. For many years the OBA has supported area charities and nonprofits, and this year there are ten partner organizations. Each is represented by an artist and the auction proceeds for each fence will go to the represented organization.

Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to come stroll the shady streets of Oxford and discover these little gems on display. In the past, the project has culminated with all the fences at the Oxford Community Center for a reception and live auction. The OCC auditorium is usually full of people vying for a chance to take one of these one-of-a-kind pieces of art home. This year COVID-19 has made it necessary to adjust plans and the auction has moved online and outside. Now, more than ever these charities and nonprofit organizations need support from the community. OBA did not want to cancel the opportunity to support these important organizations and to also provide some enjoyment for locals and visitors. In addition to being on display in Oxford for the summer, the Picket Fences will be promoted online, with online bidding until September 25th at https://portofoxford.com/picket-fence-auction-2020/. The fences will then be moved to the Oxford Community Center for an outdoor display and live auction (with social distancing and masks) to close out the project on September 26th. Anyone unable to attend will also be able to leave a proxy ‘left-bid’ on the website.

“Side B” of the fence supporting the animals of Talbot Humane!

This year participating artists, and the organization that will receive the proceeds of their fences sale are: Sally Fronk – CASA of the Mid-Shore; Louisa Zendt – Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Center; Kevin Garber – For All Seasons; Kate Huntington – John Wesley Preservation Society; Cid Collins-Walker – OCC; Marie Davis
– Oxford Garden Club; Louisa Zendt – Oxford Museum; Maggii Sarafaty – Shore Rivers; Mark Montoya – Talbot Humane Society; Lisa Wendig – Tred Avon Jr. Sailing.

The Oxford Business Association works to promote the town of Oxford and to provide a positive business environment for its members to achieve cultural, civic, economic, and business goals and contribute to the prosperity and vitality of the Oxford community. Visit www.portofoxford.com for more information.


4th of July Pet Safety


Our friends at Petfinder have some great information on keeping your pets safe during the 4th of July holiday!  The busiest day for shelters and animal control agencies across the country is July 4th. 

  • Exercise pets early in the day before celebrations begin
  • Make sure guests do not feed pets scraps.
  • Keep charcoal, sparklers, fireworks and other potential dangers away from pets
  • Leave pets at home during fireworks exhibitions
  • Be sure to read the signals of your pets.
    • Many bite incidents happen on holidays. Why? people are not in tune to the stress level of their pets, visiting children’s behavior around pets and pet’s reaction to strangers in the home.
    • If you see your pet is beginning to stress or tire, give them a break in a quiet place in the home away from guests and excitement.
  • Bring pets indoors before the fireworks exhibitions begin. Cats can easily be frightened and run off. The dog that never leaves the yard can become disoriented and jump the fence or take off.
  • If pets are frightened of loud noises and lights, close the curtains and leave gentle music or the television playing when you leave

We want you and your pets to have a safe and joyful 4th of July! 

2nd Annual PETparazzi! Calendar Contest

Back by popular demand, PETparazzi! is back! 

Register your pet any time between June 1- July 31`, 2020 (keep in mind that early entrants are likely to get the most votes). Submit your pet’s photo and brief text telling your pet’s story. Your $25 registration fee is considered a tax-deductible donation to Talbot Humane. Each entrant will receive a copy of the Talbot Humane Petparazzi 2020 Calendar, a $15.00 value!

Once your pet is entered and appears on our contest website, it’s time to start encouraging your family, friends, co-workers, etc., to vote early and often for your pet. $1 buys 1 vote ($5 minimum). Spread the word…share your pet’s campaign by email and via social media. People can vote as often as they like and votes will be displayed on the contest web page as they come in. Don’t forget to vote for your pet yourself! Our goal is to raise $10,000+ to help Talbot Humane continue to help the animals of our community.


There are 12 full-page opportunities to win. Entries are divided into three categories eligible for prizes: dogs, cats, and other (any other domestic animal such as a bird, reptile, small companion animal, etc.). The top 5 dogs, top 5 cats, and top 2 “other” pets with the most votes in their respective categories will be featured as a Pet of the Month in the 2020 Talbot Humane Petparazzi Calendar. The pet with the most votes overall will be our Grand Prize winner, named Talbot Humane’s 2021 Coverpet of the Year, and will be featured on the cover of the calendar in addition to appearing as a Pet of the Month.

Entry and Voting will open on June 1, 2020.  RULES AND VOTING HERE! 

Hours and Policy Update 5.18.2020

Talbot Humane has proudly been here for the community through this difficult time. As we all ease into the reopening of our community, we at the shelter are taking the health and safety of our team and neighbors seriously. Please be advised the following policies are in place for those purposes.

We thank you for your understanding while we all navigate this period.

·     Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 office hours have been extended to 9:30A-4P Monday- Friday. We will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday at this time.

·     Pet Visitation remains to be only through appointment with an approved adoption application.

·     We are limiting the number of visitors to the building at any time to 5 people.

·     We are still asking the public to call ahead whenever possible that we may be able to serve you from the parking lot or remotely.

·     Our pet pantry is open as always! Pick up is Monday-Friday during office hours. Please call when you arrive to the parking lot so we can bring food to you! If you cannot make it to the shelter, please call us. We will will have food delivered to you.

·     Talbot County Animal Control is still in effect.

·     If you are in need of our intervention services in order to keep your pet during difficult times, please contact us.

·     Pet Surrender remains by appointment. We are doing all we can to help residents shelter in place for the next few weeks.


Keeping the Community Safe

UPDATED 3.30.2020

As COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives in recent weeks, Talbot Humane has placed a few policies in place to encourage the community to participate in social distancing. Please read carefully as some items have changed in recent days:

  • Hours Of Operation Change:
    • Monday-Friday phones and animal control 10a-4p.
    • Animal control on-call for emergencies 24/7
    • Monday-Friday Lobby open for essential needs 11A-1P
    • CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS while the Governor’s restriction to only essential services is in place.


  • We are asking those in need of surrendering a pet to call our office. We are doing everything we can to foster animals in place during this time.
    • For those who cannot keep their pet, we are taking owner surrendered animals, requested euthanasia by appointment only.
    • We are sorry, no owner present euthanasia during this time.


  • Pet Adoption and Pet Visitation are suspended until the Maryland Stay at Home Order is lifted.



  • Animal Control continues to serve investigation of acts of cruelty and neglect, injured or ill domestic animals, bite complaints, aggressive stray animals and assistance to other agencies.


  • Spay Neuter Midshore is on hold until further notice. Our Spay Neuter Coordinator will be in touch on rescheduling your appointments.


  • Head to Tail Thrift and Vintage is closed until further notice.


  • Volunteers are asked to stay home at this time. Staff will keep you informed on any changes and updates on shelter animals regularly.


  • Pet Loss Support Group for April 2020 and May 2020 are cancelled.


  • Our Pet pantry is still open. If you need food and you are elderly, are medically compromised or are sick, please call our office. We can have an officer or volunteer drop the food at your door. Pick up is between 11A-1P Monday-Friday. NO SATURDAY OR SUNDAY PICK UP.


By following these guidelines we feel we are able to continue to serve the animals and our community safely and humanely. Thank you all for your steadfast support!

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