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As Maryland SPCA volunteers, we know better than anyone the work that goes into helping almost 15,000 animals per year. We get to know and love pets like Kingston, a ten-year old deaf pit bull with skin issues who spent more than six months in our care at the shelter through multiple vet treatments and foster homes, just waiting for his forever family. We took him on walks and provided him companionship until May 7, 2017 when he found a perfect new home.

Kingston came to visit us last week with his moms. He lives in Hampden now with Katie and Kelly who call him the “perfect dog.” They say that he enjoys long naps and following them everywhere they go. We know that happy endings like Kingston’s are only possible because of the service and support of our amazing team of staff and volunteers.

Every year, Maryland SPCA volunteers contribute thousands of hours of time, and many of us also contribute financially. We help to ensure the shelter has the friends and the funds necessary to do the life-saving work we love. This year, staff asked volunteers how we wanted to see the money we donate spent. Many answered, and this year’s Volunteer Challenge will fund items we know are critically needed. If we raise our goal of $25,000, that funding will be used to purchase:

  • a new industrial washer for the kennel (no more begging volunteers to take laundry home!)
  • 100 high-quality leather leashes
  • 300 Freedom harnesses for use in the shelter, including the elusive larges and extra larges
  • cat trees for both get-acquainted rooms
  • supplies needed to provide 50 low-cost feline spays

Two generous volunteers have stepped up to supercharge the Volunteer Challenge! The first $11,000 donated to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar. Make your gift today so it goes twice as far towards providing critical shelter supplies! (A special round of ap-paws for our volunteers who wish to remain anonymous and our good neighbor Cosima—a place that makes great pasta and forever homes for pets paw-sible.)     

Volunteers who donate any amount to this challenge, will be honored with their name on a plaque in the kennel. Give your best gift, every dollar counts! Feel free to share this page with your friends and family who can donate in your honor.

Thank you for your support!!

 

PS—How well do you know our Volunteers? Check yourself with the Volunteer Challenge Quiz below!
Check your answers underneath.

True or False: The MD SPCA’s first full-time Volunteer Coordinator was hired in 1996.

True or False: Jim Peirce once volunteered as a dog deputy for a shelter in Austria.

True or False: Enoch Pratt, founder and namesake of the legendary Enoch Pratt Free Libraries here in Baltimore, volunteered with the MD SPCA in the 1890s.

True or False: Studies show that people who volunteer their time actually feel as though they have more time than those who do not volunteer. Similarly, those who give to charities also report feeling wealthier than their non-giving peers.

 

 

Answers:

True or False: The MD SPCA’s first full-time Volunteer Coordinator was hired in 1996.
True! While the MD SPCA was started by volunteers, the program was not formally managed by a full-time employee until 1996! The Volunteer Coordinator position is 21 years old.

True or False: Jim Peirce once volunteered as a dog deputy for a shelter in Austria.
False! Jim did volunteer as a dog walker at a shelter called the “Lost Dogs Home,” but that shelter was in Melbourne, Australia, not Austria! We knew we liked you, Jim!

True or False: Enoch Pratt, founder and namesake of the legendary Enoch Pratt Free Libraries here in Baltimore, volunteered with the MD SPCA in the 1890s.
True! Enoch Pratt (or should we say Enoch “Cat?”) was neither a dog deputy nor a cat cuddler, but he was a Board Member for the Maryland SPCA in the 1890s. Board Members are not paid for their service, so they are also volunteers!

True or False: Studies show that people who volunteer their time actually feel as though they have more time than those who do not volunteer. Similarly, those who give to charities also report feeling wealthier than their non-giving peers.
It’s true! The more time you give to volunteerism, the more time you feel that you have. And giving away money really does make you feel richer. This is known as the “paradox of generosity.” On behalf of the MD SPCA, we want to thank you for all you do and give! We hope your generosity comes back to you tenfold!