Meet us at the Rails to Trails parking lot off Springdale Street (next to Board of Education) at 7A. We will have a short course set up to show you “a day with UNLEASHED!” Coaches, alumni and newbies will all be there to share what makes the program so great.
Over the past 10 years this charity program has raised almost $400,000 for the animals served by Talbot Humane! Runners commit to raising funds in exchange for fully supported, non-competitive training to get you to the finish line of a half marathon!
We are thrilled to be continuing our Annual Cookie Walk tradition, albeit a little different than years prior. Our amazing volunteers will still be baking thousands of cookies for the animals. This year in an abundance of caution we will be pre-packing boxes which have been pre-ordered. Pick up will still be at The Easton Farmer’s Market on December 19th, 8a-11a.
Boxes are the same size as years prior: 1/2 LB box (small) $12 and 1 lb (large) $15.
We will have some other holiday items for sale the day of pick up too!
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.
In times of crisis, people are often told to leave their homes for a “short time,” only to find that they cannot return for days or even weeks. As a result, community animal shelters are overwhelmed with lost and separated pets following a disaster.
“Helping our residents and pets during an emergency is extremely important to our organization.” Said Patty Quimby, Executive Director of Talbot Humane. “The Talbot Animal Disaster Services Team has been in place and ready to assist our residents during weather or other catastrophic emergencies where an emergency shelter would need to be opened since 2010. Providing the tools to our residents to be prepared in the event of an emergency is a priority.” Quimby adds, “Preparedness saves lives.”
Talbot Humane suggests families build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations:
Basic first aid supplies
A 3-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container
Safety harness and leash
Waste clean-up supplies
Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records
List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
List of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues
Comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable
They also recommend the following Tips to Help Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency:
Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date.
Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
For more information on emergency preparedness for your family and your pets you may visit ready.gov , HillsPet.com/PetPrepared, or contact Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107.
Last year Katie Rohe and her family found their new puppy was going to need surgery to correct severe hip dysplasia which would cost several thousand dollars. This was a period of stress and worry about their sweet pup, not to mention concerns about finding the funds to pay for such and expensive surgery. This is when Katie realized there are so many people and animals in the same position. Because of her experience and learning that many owners end up having to surrender these pets to their local shelters, Katie decided she was going to do something to help those animals not as fortunate as Whiskey. That’s when Whiskey’s Warriors was born!
The purpose of the Whiskey’s Warriors 5k is to help pet owners who cannot afford or fall short of the funds necessary to help pay for their pets’ medical needs, or to pay for the surgery of rescue pets who would have otherwise not been adopted, due to health issues. The funds will help Talbot Humane further our Intervention and Retention program to assist pet owners in our community with medical needs in order that they do not have to surrender their pets to the Talbot Humane.
The Race is set for the morning of September 21, 2019 in Easton, Maryland. Sponsorship opportunities, donations and of course runners and walkers are needed for year 1 of the race! For more information on the event, or to register, go to Another Level Fitness- Whiskey’s Warriors
What a deal- our microchip service fee has been cut IN HALF for a limited time!
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. This is a sad statistic, but it’s true! Your dog and cat cannot tell us their name, address or phone number- that is without your help!
Talbot Humane wants to increase the chances of reunited lost pets and owners. One safe and effective way to provide identification is through having your pet microchipped. In recognition of Pet Identification Week which is the 3rd week of April each year, Talbot Humane will be offering microchipping of your dog, cat or ferret for only $10 for the entire month of April. This includes the registration of your chip with HomeAgain and an identification tag. Now when was the last time you even purchased a collar for $10?
Even if your cat doesn’t go outside, or your dog is always on a leash, accidents happen. Make sure all of your pets are properly identified so they can get home to you in the event of an unforeseen emergency!
For more information or to schedule an appointment call (410)822-0107 today. Appointments are available between 11A-4P Monday-Friday 1P-3P on Saturday.
Did you know at any given time 2/3 of the population in our shelter is comprised of felines? These cats come to us for many different reasons; a friendly stray arrives on your porch, someone is moving, a found litter of kittens, aged animals. The most difficult cats to manage in a shelter environment are the free roaming and feral population that people choose to trap and bring to Talbot Humane. When the public brings us these cats they have trapped and say, “ Oh, I know you can find a farm for him.” Well, sadly that is not always the case.
A few things people do not realize. Talbot County code allows for the immediate euthanizing of feral cats. Talbot Humane’s policy is an emphatic NO on this point. We keep every cat, even those arriving in traps and behaving in an aggressive manner for a period of time for observation. We do our best to mitigate the stress of the shelter for these cats and give them time to decompress. There are many times we find upon allowing these kitties to settle for a few days they are not wild, or feral. They were probably someone’s pet at some point who just let them go. Other times it is clear these cats are free roaming animals that have no interest in human contact. A truly feral cat experiences a great deal of stress when confined and are dangerous to those caring for them when living in a cage indefinitely. For a cat to enter the barn cat program they must be somewhat manageable by humans as there is an entire process to acclimating them to a new environment so that they actually remain in the area. Shelter life for the most well-adjusted cat is stressful. Imagine being a wild cat, not used to human contact in close quarters with humans and other cats. TERRIFYING and frankly inhumane.
For these reasons we are asking for the community’s help! Before you simply set a trap for a cat coming to your property and bring to Talbot Humane please give us a call! Are you OK with a couple cats but you are afraid 2 will turn into 10? We can help with spay/neuter and vaccinations. If you really do not want them on your property, they may be coming from another area. Assess to see what is attracting them. Are you feeding other wildlife outside? Are you leaving trash uncovered which attracts wildlife and cats? Our staff can provide you with humane methods of excluding unwanted animals from your yard, flower beds, and sheds.
Last year our open admission shelter took in 605 felines (each year this number declines a bit!) 68 of those cats were euthanized (this number too continues to decline.) The majority of these felines were euthanized for medical reasons, but a portion were feral or semi feral cats which could not be placed in a new location, often because a property owner refused return of the cats even though we offered spay/neuter services. Our goal is to reduce the number of otherwise healthy, free roaming cats entering the shelter in 2019. We ask you to consider being a part of the solution and work with Talbot Humane to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering our care and protect the animals of our community.
For the better part of 2018 Talbot Humane, the Talbot County Animal Control Board, business owners and private citizens of Talbot County have been working together to update the Talbot County Code as it applies to animals. This portion of the Talbot County Code has not been updated since 2006.
Over the past 12 years we have seen massive progress in the way we look at our pets, knowledge on what causes some behavior issues, and laws and ordinances protecting animals in many areas of the country including many counties right here in Maryland. We have also witnessed some egregious acts of cruelty and neglect in our own backyard. How can we forget the 300 cats hoarded in Caroline County a decade ago, the 300 Pomeranians in deplorable conditions in Wicomico county in 2016 or earlier this year not only the 100+ horses left to die in Quantico MD, but the kennel in Anne Arundel County where people trusted a facility to care for their pets, and many did not make it out alive?
Our office hears from our community in Talbot County and knows they want to see change. They want to see laws protecting animals mirror our values as a community. They cannot wrap their minds around a dog being out in frigid temperatures, or, an owner being allowed to have a dog live on a chain 24/7. In recent months multiple Maryland counties have adopted anti-tethering and/or extreme weather ordinances to protect their animals. It is time for Talbot County to do the same.
Specific areas being updated/added are as follows:
Extreme weather requirements for animals outdoors
Licensing of boarding, breeding, training, rescues facilities
Please review the proposed updates to the county code below. If you have questions, want to voice your support, or have concerns we ask that you contact our office at email@example.com or the Talbot County Office of Law care of Mary O’Donnell at MODonnell@talbotcountymd.gov
Tentatively these changes are to be presented to the Talbot County Council in February 2019. Please show your support for a more humane Talbot County in 2019.
Start 2019 making a difference for yourself and animals in need!
We WILL take the most seasoned couch potato to the finish line with our run:walk training program. If you have the will, you can do it!
This year our team is running the Salisbury Running Festival half marathon. We were a part of the inaugural festival last year and everyone truly enjoyed the experience.
This year thanks to our corporate sponsor, Bay Imprint, the registration fee is lower than ever which means this program is accessible to more friends to the animals!
This is a get or give fundraising program. You raise funds for the animals in return for a fully supported non-competitive training program which promises to get you to the start line on Saturday April 6, 2019!
Our charity runners are doing an amazing job for the animals with their fundraising efforts! Since the Summer of 2012, our team has collectively raised more than $250,000 for the animals of our community! AMAZING!
For more information on UNLEASHED contact coach Amy Eutsey, (410) 822-0107 or firstname.lastname@example.org today! We hope to see you on January 2nd!
Our Summer Guest Barktenders are the dynamic duo of Matt Spence and Mark Potter! You may know know these guys probably more from their voices- they host the morning shows on WCEI and WINX each day! They will be slinging drinks and trying to raise more than the $1,700 our director raised in March!
BIG NEWS! Tito’s Handmade Vodka– Vodka for dog people will be MATCHING up to $10,000 in donations for this year’s events! HOW AMAZING IS THAT???? EVERY dollar you give will be doubled this year!
Dinner and drink specials will be offered and 10% of dinner sales will be donated by our amazing host Chooch!