October 4-30 → www.mdspca.org/shop2013
Quarterly Newsletter of the Maryland SPCA | Fall 2013
IN THIS ISSUE
Letter from the Director...... 3
Read and Relax................... 3
In the Mail....................... 4-5
Tribute Gifts.................... 6-7
Work to Eat........................ 8
New Website...................... 9
By Tami Gosheff, Special Events and Outreach Coordinator
Adoption Showcase........... 12
This October, you have the chance to go online and thing for everyone to enjoy. In late September, you
help save cats’ and dogs’ lives! From October 4 to can see a preview of the items up for bid. Our list is
29, Shop-a-Paw-Looza, the Maryland SPCA’s ninth growing each day!
annual online auction, is open for bidding. Go to
Bidding is safe, secure and fun. Once you register
to bid, you will automatically be signed up to receive
The auction opens at noon on Friday, October 4 auction e-mail updates. You will be notified when
and stays open until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October new items are added to the auction and if someone
29, but don’t wait until the final days to bid. Early outbids you on any items.
bidders will be eligible for special
The proceeds from the auction
prizes, and bidding on some items
support the homeless cats and dogs
will close before the auction’s end.
at the Maryland SPCA. Each year,
Plus, the more you bid, the more it
we care for thousands of animals,
such as Gilly, a deaf, one-year-old pit
At this year’s Shop-a-Paw-Looza,
bull mix. We transported Gilly from
you will find many wonderful
BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and
goodies, such as an ultra-exciting
Care Shelter) to the Maryland SPCA
Ravens package including a tour,
and he was adopted in August.
lunch and practice at the Ravens
In 2012, our auction raised over
Under Armour Performance Center
$45,000 for the animals. With your
on Saturday, November 23 and two
help, we can do even better this year!
tickets to the November 24 game
Go online today to www.mdspca.
vs. the Jets. It’s not too early to start
org/shop2013 and “Tell a Friend”
planning for the winter holidays!
about the auction. Please spread the
From jewelry, art, signed sports
Gilly and his new family! word. If you have an item or service
memorabilia and restaurant gift
that you would like to donate, please
certificates to once in a lifetime opportunities and do! It’s not too late. Call 410-235-8826, ext. 138 or
pet-related items for Fido and Fluffy, there is some- e-mail [email protected]
NEW MARYLAND SPCA
WEBSITE BOASTS MANY
NEW FEATURES LIKE
A COMMUNITY LOST &
FOUND, BEHAVIOR LIBRARY
AND MUCH MORE!
October 4-30 www.mdspca.org/shop2013
Maryland SPCA Mission
The Maryland SPCA improves the lives of pets and people in the community.
Maryland SPCA Board of Directors
Maryland SPCA Programs
Vice Presidents–Nancy Dorman & Christina Lundquist
Adoption: Looking to adopt a great dog or cat companion? Our adop-
Dr. John Fioramonti
Dr. Neal Friedlander
Delegate Shawn Tarrant
Maryland SPCA Staff
Executive Director–Aileen Gabbey
Director of Operations–Cheryl Bernard Smith
Director of Development–Sarah Walton
Director of Communications & Media Relations–Tina Regester
Director of Human Resources–Deidre Carroll
Hours of Operation
Monday & Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, noon–5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Main Number ...............410-235-8826
(for adoptions, cremation, euthanasia,
lost and found, surrendering and
Main Fax .......................410-235-1053
Auto Donation ........................ext. 135
Behavior Classes & Training.....ext. 151
Development .........................ext. 135
MD SPCA Wellness Clinic410-400-WELL
March for the Animals.............ext. 138
Memorial Donations...............ext. 135
Pet Calendar............................ext. 133
Spay & Neuter Clinic......410-889-SPAY
Volunteers ..............................ext. 137
Website .................. www.mdspca.org
Wine & Wag Happy Hours.......ext. 138
tion center has wonderful pets available for adoption. All pets have
been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and have received flea and other
parasite treatments. Adoption Fees: Puppies (under 6 months) and
Small Adult Dogs—$195, Medium and Large Adult Dogs—$125, Kittens
(under 6 months)—$100 and Cats—$55. Adopt two cats or kittens, and
the adoption fee for the second pet is half price. Happy People, Happy
Pets! If your adopted pet is not the right match for you, we encourage
you to return the pet for a full refund within 30 days of adoption.
Behavior Training: Meet the Trainer is a one-session class that covers the
fundamentals of good dog training. It is held on Sundays at 11 a.m. at
the Maryland SPCA. Pre-registration is not required; just show up at or
before 11 a.m. All-Star Canine is a six-week course designed to make
life with your dog easier. Check the website (www.mdspca.org) or contact Amie Glasgow (410-235-8826, ext. 151; [email protected]) for
schedule and fee info.
Maryland SPCA Wellness Clinic: At the MD SPCA Wellness Clinic a qualified
and caring team of veterinarians will ensure your pet’s health and
well-being by providing the best in wellness care, including routine
exams, vaccinations, nail trimming, owner-requested euthanasia, spay/
neuter surgery and more. Clinic fees help homeless pets at the Maryland
SPCA. The Wellness Clinic is located up the street from the Maryland
SPCA at 4007 Falls Road. Call 410-400-WELL for an appointment or book
an appointment online at www.mdspca.org/wellnessclinic.
Kibble Connection: We collect donations of dog and cat food in unopened
containers or bags for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland to deliver to
local homebound clients.
Spay and Neuter Clinic: Each year the MD SPCA spays and neuters thousands of cats and dogs, including those in our adoption center. Our Spay
and Neuter Clinic offers spay/neuter surgery to qualified groups and
individuals. For details, call 410-889-SPAY or email [email protected]
Surrendering (Admissions): If you have a cat or dog that you can no longer
care for, please call 410-235-8826, ext. 105 to make an appointment to
surrender your pet. Please bring all veterinary records to your appointment. There is a $25 surrender fee to the MD SPCA to help defray some
of the cost of caring for a surrendered animal.
Volunteer: Our dedicated volunteers give our animals love and care, help
We are located at 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211, in the Hampden visitors find pets, assist with our special events and foster needy anineighborhood in Baltimore City.
mals. Visit our website to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
From North of Baltimore: Take the Beltway (I-695) to the Jones Falls
Expressway (I-83) south. Take the Cold Spring Lane exit east. Turn right
Animal Talk is the Maryland SPCA’s quarterly newsletter.
at the second traffic light onto Falls Road. The Maryland SPCA is the first
Whitmore Group. Design & Editing: Bailey Deacon.
driveway on the right after you pass 36th Street.
Letters and photos for In the Mail can be sent to Animal Talk,
From the South: Take the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) north. Take the Falls
3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211 or bdeacon @mdspca.org.
Road exit; this will put you north-bound on Falls Road. Find a conveWe reserve the right to edit submitted letters.
nient spot to turn around, and head south on Falls Road. We are the first
driveway on the right after you pass 36th Street.
Letter from the Director
As each day begins at the Maryland SPCA, we are never sure what to
expect. In a single day, our staff and volunteers will experience the
joy of sending home a needy animal with a new family and also the
sadness of a pet being given up to us. Sometimes we even discover
orphaned animals on our doorstep.
Little Douglas was abandoned just outside our Spay and Neuter
Clinic. The poor thing was in a paper bag covered in mud. He was
shivering and had trouble breathing. We rushed him in, warmed him,
and gave him oxygen. Thankfully, he began to breathe normally. We
watched him very closely and began feeding him with a tiny bottle.
We also gave him a special warmer to keep his temperature up, which
young kittens need when they don’t have a mom to keep them warm.
As the day went on and we continued to check on him, he improved dramatically. Overnight care would be critical to keeping up
his strength, so foster parent Maegan Dobash took him home with
her. Every three to four hours, he would require feeding. Maegan was
dedicated to seeing him through this tough time.
After several weeks of intense care, Douglas had grown into a playful and confident kitten. According to Maegan, “He loved to be held
and would fall asleep on my lap all the time. His favorite game was
launching himself off the couch to play with my dog’s tail!” We were all
so happy to see how far he had come. He continued to receive ongoing check-ups at the Maryland SPCA and, eventually, came back for his
neuter surgery before going up for adoption. I’m happy to report that
Douglas found a wonderful new home who reports that he is still an
entertaining little guy.
As you know, we adopt 3,000 pets each year and neuter 9,000. Each
is unique and special to us. The staff and volunteers continue to impress me when they dive in to save these precious lives. While Doug-
las was being nursed
back to health, hundreds more were being treated and cared
for every single day.
Never knowing what
the day will bring
is part of our work.
We feel privileged
to meet animals like
Douglas. They teach
us hope and resilience. Your ongoing
support means we
are able to save these
Douglas being nursed
animals. Thank you
back to health
for making it possible
for little Douglas, and so many others, to survive and thrive.
P.S. Fall appeals will be coming soon. As you know, we receive no
operating funds from the government or the ASPCA. Donations to the
Maryland SPCA mean we can continue to save animals like Douglas.
Thank you for your support!
READ AND RELAX PROGRAM: ENRICHING EXPERIENCE FOR BOTH DOGS AND VOLUNTEERS
MD SPCA volunteer, Dale Majerle,
reads to Newton.
As anyone who has adopted from us knows,
the kennels can often be loud and excitable
places for dogs. The implementation of the
Read and Relax program helps shelter dogs
inherit manners and learn that, while humans
can be great play buddies, relaxation will also
be a part of life in their new homes.
Our volunteers and staff join dogs in their
kennels and read stories aloud, while the dogs
receive positive reinforcement when calm.
We have found that in absence of this quiet
down-time, dogs begin to learn that every
appearance of a person means going outside
for play. While exercise is important, dogs
forget that being with people can be peaceful,
not just about the new stimulation of a walk or
playtime. The Read and Relax program allows
volunteers and dogs to share calm moments,
an important skillset to bring to their new
This healthy balance between composed
activity and outdoor playtime teaches
appropriate home behaviors, and enjoyment
of the presence of a human without having to
be the center of attention.
To learn more about how you can become
a Maryland SPCA volunteer please visit www.
In the Mail
Dear Maryland SPCA,
This is Princessa. We adopted her on May
13, 2013. She was my daughter’s “favorite
birthday present!” Cessa, as we call her, is
doing great. She gets along with her furbrother and fur-sister, loves the kids and
has won her mom and dad’s hearts. We
thought we were crazy to take on a third
pet, but looking back we know it was
meant to be.
Sincerely, Kim Nickerson
Dear MD SPCA friends,
Several weeks ago, my partner, Jeff, and I
adopted a much-loved “Erica” from your
shelter. She was known for being a sweet,
loving and gentle dog, and indeed, she is. We changed Erica’s name to Mavis.
It fits her well, and she seems to like it. Our inspiration was one of the main
characters of the movie “Hotel Transylvania.”
Mavis is a dog who only wanted laps to sit in, faces to kiss and ears to clean.
Yes, this is a particular passion of hers. Our children have never been cleaner!
Jeff and I have five children between us, and oh how Mavy loves them! She even
got to attend a slumber party for a group of nine-year-olds. She was perfectly
content snuggling with the girls on their sleeping bags.
We knew the true test would be introducing Mavy to our other dog, Indy
(formally Gwen of the MD SPCA). Indy is a puppy with a lot of energy, who lacks
certain social skills, so we had our concerns. They met and, as expected, Indy was
not minding her manners. Mavis very calmly and firmly made it clear to Indy that
she would not be tolerating any of her nonsense. Since that first meeting, the
girls have been best friends. They absolutely adore each other! They wrestle, play
“kissy face” and even share toys. It has been wonderful for Indy to have Mavis
around. They hate to be apart. We were told that in Mavis’ previous home, she was kept outside nearly all day.
Well, you can take it from us, she had no trouble adjusting to a life with couches,
beds and pillows. Her transition to her new life has been overall seamless. Mavis
was at first hesitant to go for walks on the leash, but now she really enjoys the
exercise. She is simply a love. Mavis is very happy with us, and she’s made life
better for our family. We’re lucky to have found her. We thank you for entrusting
us with her.
Thanks again, Monica Blum
Dear Maryland SPCA,
I adopted Leo the Lion in February. He
was formally know as “Dexter.” He is
doing so well and fits perfectly in our
family. He loves my two daughters
and allows them to dress him up.
He has taken over being king of our
home. Leo is such a wonderful, sweet,
friendly, laid-back cat. Thank you for
taking such good care of him until
we found him. Your employee who
helped us was great at knowing what personality we needed and he suggested
Leo. It was a perfect fit! As you can see from the pictures I’ve incuded, Leo has
quite the personality. We even gave him his own Facebook page too! You can
find him by searching “Leo the Lion.”
Sincerely, Holly Hagner
Dear Katie (Volunteer/Foster Manager),
I wanted to take a moment and recognize one of your volunteers, Les, for his
help at the most recent Wine and Wag (July). My Boston Terrier, and recently
announced Mr. February in your calendar, Barnaby, had torn up his paws and
overheated during the event. Les came to the rescue immediately and got
Barnaby lined up with the on-site vet and she was able to stop the bleeding (on
his paws) and get him cooled down. I sincerely appreciate the help and care.
With Thanks, Ben Ballard
Dear Maryland SPCA,
This is Molly. Molly lived to be 15 years old, she left us peacefully while at home.
We adopted Molly from the Maryland SPCA when she was just a few months old.
I have never seen a cat so happy as she was that first day. She was so overjoyed
with having a home, she did not sleep and
would not allow us to leave her sight. She filled
our home with an immeasurable amount of
love and happiness. Molly was the sweetest
and most lovable cat we have ever known.
She never lifted a paw to anyone or anything,
loved people and sitting in the window
watching birds, squirrels and butterflies in the
back yard. She was always by my side if I was
sad or sick, and would not leave me until I felt
I want to thank those of you at the Maryland
SPCA for doing what you do, and finding homes for those like Molly. Her paw
prints will be hard to fill, but there is a huge hole in our family at the moment, and
we want to give another kitty a good forever home.
Thank You, Colleen Myers
Dear Maryland SPCA,
Two years ago, our family dog of 19 years passed away. My father and I visited
your shelter hoping to find a new family member, and were immediately taken
with a Beagle named Murphy. He was seven years old, and it was his third time
at the shelter. We brought him home that same day, and despite his “old age,” he
was very full of life. Murphy now has a big yard to run around in, lots of comfy
places to sleep, and an impressive collection of toys. He has brought our family
so much joy and entertainment, and is a great companion.
People often look over shelter dogs, especially older ones, but both of our
dogs were adopted from shelters, and they have both been amazing additions
to our family. We are so happy to have been able to give Murphy a forever-home,
and I hope to be able to do the same for another shelter dog in the future! Thanks
for having such a great facility full of beautiful dogs and fantastic staff!
Sincerely, Tracy Belaski
Dear Maryland SPCA,
Mom asked that I write you a letter
about my first week with my new
family, since I’ve proved I’m really
good at this keyboard thing. I’m
an expert, actually, my first task in
my new house was to learn which
key made the computer get really
loud when the music is on. Then
I sit next to the speaker and yell
for someone to fix it. When we
first arrived home I heard my new
humans say that I had to stay in my
own room for a few days before meeting my new dog siblings. I followed the
rules for the first 24 hours, but then my humans both left to grab dinner, and I
knew it was my chance to enlist some help to break free!
My dog brother, Merlin, braved three baby gates, mom’s oil painting, and two
closed doors but, sure enough, he broke down all the barriers, and then invited
Colby (resident canine locksmith) to open the tricky office door handle. I may
In the Mail
be only three pounds, but I have quickly taught these minions (okay, okaysiblings…) to open all the closets and cabinets for me.
Merlin is my favorite brother to play with. We bonded over killing all of the
humans’ 12-count paper towel supply. Merlin cleans me and barks for Mom
when she can’t hear my little chirps, but he also tattles on me when I’m being a
bit too curious. Colby is a great and willing stepstool. My sister Huhu just wiggles
around my perimeter and makes this high-pitched whistling noise. I heard her
ask Merlin if I was a kitten or a rabbit. I don’t think she’s the brightest— clearly
I am a tiny black Golden Retriever! Merlin told me that I can be whatever I want
to be and that despite all his hair he’s actually a little human. Wow! Mom and
Dad together have four hands, which is perfect because there are now four of us.
What a waste of a hand all these years before I arrived! Thanks MD SPCA kennel
staff for keeping me safe before my mom took me home.
Meow, Voodoo (formally “Rachael Alexander”, adopted by Bailey Deacon,
My husband and I adopted both of our dogs, Boris and Natasha, from the MD
SPCA eight and seven years ago, respectively. Boris is a Boxer mix and Natasha
a Coonhound and Husky mix. We adopted Natasha because we thought
Boris exhibited signs of loneliness (he once bit a huge corner chunk out of my
husband’s dresser) and might
need a playmate or “partner in
Boris was adopted at six
months old and apparently
had been abandoned in the
streets of Baltimore. Natasha
(formerly “Beloved”) was part
of a puppy litter. We kept Boris’
given shelter name, as we saw
it a perfect fit, and decided
upon Natasha’s name after the
characters from the Rocky &
Bullwinkle cartoon series. The day we arrived home with Natasha, Boris whined,
danced and jumped all around— he loved her immediately. He still dances and
jumps for Natasha to play with him even as they’ve gotten older.
They both have cushy lives as we spoil them and love them to pieces. Boris is
truly a joyous, cuddly and very human-like dog. Natasha is beautiful, very well
behaved and adores Boris. She is definitely all “dog” and is the house leader. The
included photo of them was taken a few years back watching the Charles Village
parade from our front windows — it’s one of our favorites. We are so appreciative
of all of the wonderful services and work done at the MD SPCA. We cannot
imagine our lives without Boris and Natasha.
Jennifer & Brad Erickson
Dear Maryland SPCA,
Some time in mid to late 1995 I came into the Maryland SPCA just to look. As
I looked into the many cages with the most beautiful yet sad-looking little
creatures, I came across this overweight Tabby kitty that just looked like she had
seen better days. I stopped to play with her, but she grumpily tried to paw at
my face (I admit I was too close). I started to walk out, but then something told
me that this precious creature was just desperate for a little bit of love. I turned
around and went back in to inquire about the adoption process and ended up
taking her home a few hours later. Her name was Precious but was changed to
Justice. In 2008 we moved to the beach in Delaware and she had no problem
adjusting. For eighteen plus years, Justice has been the most wonderful little
friend to me. She will soon be 19 years old and has had a great life. She may
not play any more, she sleeps a lot and may be in the first stages of losing her
hearing, but I am thankful everyday that she has been a part of my life. She has
brought me so much joy and happiness and I am very proud to say that I gave
this beautiful cat a second chance and a very good life— or should I say she gave
me a very good life. I know I will be heartbroken when that time comes but there
will always be a very special place in my heart for her.
Thank you so much for all you do, Jose Santos
I always look forward to your Animal Talk Newsletter and reading the letters
from adoptive parents about their furry family members. I’m a particular softie
for those who, rather than adopting the “adorable, perfect dogs,” have chosen
either older dogs or those considered less-than-ideal due to behavior or health
issues. I sort of fell into that catagory several years ago when I adopted a dog
who had been with you for several months and was considered a less-than-ideal
adoptee due to her age (about 6-7 years), large size (about 85 lbs), and with two
physical imperfections. Well, she was absolutely perfect for me and we shared a
bond unlike I had ever known with any of my previous dogs, even though I loved
them all as much as I did my two-legged family members.
She was part of my life for more than five years. After her passing, I adopted
another very special companion from the Maryland SPCA, who I love dearly.
There has now been some time since her passing, but I still think about my
“special” dog and weep for her frequently. She will always fill that special spot in
my heart that I know many adoptive parents will understand. There’s always one
who is truly special, and Goldie was mine.
Sincerely, Pat Blackwell
Dear Maryland SPCA,
Here’s a photo of Roscoe-Jenkins
smiling while my son gives him his
favorite belly rub. Since adopting
Roscoe in January he’s brought
so much joy and laughter to our
family. Roscoe is our little buddy. He
always joins us on car rides. My kids
sometimes get a little upset since
Roscoe always takes the front seat.
He now has a seven-month-old
puppy brother who he loves to play
with. I gave Roscoe a hug from all of you, upon your Facebook message. He loves
hugs. Thank you so much for allowing him to be in our family.
Sincerely, The Cornish Family
Hi David (Adoption Counselor),
I am sending along photos of Ruby. I thought
everyone would enjoy knowing how she is
doing. She is a handful, but we love her to
pieces. Since we adopted her, she has visited
the vet and does really well! We always have
to keep an eye on Ruby— she is so quick. She
loves to play with just about anything. She
even drinks water out of the faucet and will
hang around the sink to play with the water!
We can always find her hiding in the bathtub or chasing our dog’s tail.
Alvina Hickey and Ruby
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Names in orange are honorees.
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Dana Alonzi & Stacy Link - Kathy
Barnett, Mr. & Mrs. Ian Brooks,
Heidi & Scott Denlinger, Kristen
Lindeman. Jennifer Moody,
Jessica & Ruben Pagkatipunan
Day Bank - Sam Bank
Judy Berger - Carl & Sheila
Chris Bitter - Laura Bogart
Kristen Blackaby’s Wedding Guests
- Kristen Blackably
Tom Broadus - Mr. & Mrs. Charles
Julia Brumer & Alex Levy - William
T. Felts III, Ann Ford, Werner
Glassee, Nancy Jolle, Nancy
Kernan, Sharon Langowski,
Eleanor (Ellie) Citron - Grace
Keith Crites - Daniel Greenberg,
Mason Davis - Susie N. Chung &
Albert S. Jun
The Marriage of Amy DeMarco &
Josh Robinson - Sally & Lawrence
Amy DeNike - Kendall Burrill, Amy
Sharon Edwards - Dolores Krysiak
Dani Englander - Deborah Phelps
Ethan Flanagan - Jenny Thompson
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Martha Haile & Don Wilson Robert & Stacey Grandy, Anthony
Beatrice Hameroff - Ellin Levy
Lexa Hartman - Sally Willbanks
Ayala Hecht - Amy & Hugh
Elizabeth Passapae-Sauer Hopkins
- Gary Passapae
Lucy Kaufman - Alice Ball, Jordan
Brice, Alice Carnell, Karen Colvin,
Shamin Dada, Sonye Danoff,
Sophia DeVito, Sarah & Jay
Eastman, Josephine Finney,
Kathryn Getter, Elizabeth G.
Glass, Rory Johnson, Emily &
Stephen Little, Eric Orlinsky, Stan
& Jane Rodbell, Martin & Nancy
Schreiber, Gail Shawe, Clare
Booth & Kristine A. Smets, Jill
Spector, Kathryn Wagner
Daniel Kelly - Megan Addicks
Dr. Sasha Korn - Eileen BergSapperstein
David Robert Ayers - Michael A.
Bankoski, Patricia & Gennaro
Guerrieri, Mr. & Mrs. John T.
Stephen Thomas Battaglia Douglas & Miriam Canham,
Donald & Jolyn Hull, Susan P.
Quinn, Barbara Ruqus, Drew
& Cindy Schoeffield, Marianne
& Gary Waugh, John & Karen
Wisniewski, Mr. & Mrs. Christian
Pauline K. Besson - Mr. & Mrs.
Louis Bender, H. Alan Jones &
Patty L. Armacost, Joseph &
Janet Longo, Rae M. Warshaw
Robert Boettcher - Darlene
Wayne Boskind - Bonnie Heaton
Elizabeth S. Bullock - Wesley
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Linda Dawe, Ben & Angie
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McCarthy, Jean O’Shea, David J.
Prueitt, Susan H. Skinner, Mrs.
J. Raymond Smith Jr., Mr. &
Mrs. Robert B. Volker, Dagny S.
Sydnee S. Burgunder - Elaine F.
Baker, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Goren,
Susan Grott, Harriet Hutzler,
Susan C. Jhaveri, Tom Katana &
Chana E. Wolman, Mrs. Edward
F. Lewison, Judith Millman,
Ellyn Soypher, Gwen Tromley,
Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. White,
Shardeh Watkins Callis - Mr. &
Mrs. Alan Kopack
Chili Carey- Rosanne M. Carey
Kirk Joseph Chase - Dolores Chase
Ernest S. Conrey - Catherine
Jenkins & David L. McClelland
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Joan D’Angelo - Carol J. Schmidt
Earl G. Delarue - Anita Delarue
Mark J. DiMartino - Daniel
Don - John Weiffenbach & Jill
Jane McGovern Dooley - Dr. &
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Aunt Dot - Christopher Jonczak
Mary Wootsey Derr Aitken - Sally Theresa Emory - Marsha E. Luria
Carol English - Mr. & Mrs. William
& Lawrence DeMarco, Carol
Dreyfus, Barbara Gourdin
Shirley Leigh “Sherry” Erdman Will’s April - Louis Butler
Bruce Armiger - Graham
Sidney Finglass - David Marshall
Packaging Co, Hayles & Howe,
William Oliver Gardner, Sr. - Irla Williams
Inc., Ben Payne
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Charles Leslie - Michael & Mary
Andrea Lutton - Mathew
Greenwald & Associates, Inc.
Carolyn Meredith - Cecile
Hope Metzger - Jan & Scott Babus
Louise Miller - Freda K. Sacks
Saul Nachshen - Dr. Judith A.
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Barry Palmer - Dean & Estelle
Mike Plaisted & Maggie Webbert
- Bernie Plaisted
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Gloria Shin - Laura Bogart
Mindi Siegel - Joyce Y. Gross M.D.
Cole Simms - Melanie D. HoodWilson, Stephanie Simms
Singer Family - Jennifer Titton
The Marriage of Tim Smith &
Robert Leininger - Christine
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John Strong Smith - Charlotte M.
Klein, Frances P. Thatcher
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Ashley Wilson & Timothy Larsen Ashley Wilson
Michael Wojnowski - Diane
I. Elliott Goldberg - Delma
Won Soon Greenwald - Patricia
Joseph J. Gunning - Marie
John Vincent Gutridge - Richard
Ed Haase - Toni G. Freeman
Denise Hamer - George M.
Samantha Hayward - Courtney
Ann L. Hess - Mark Matysek, U S
Dorothy “Dottie” Gibson Hines Michael & Mary Wojnowski
Mark Carroll Jaskulski - Juvenile
Courts Division of State’s
Attorney’s Office, Alice E.
Maffei & Lynne E. Blair, Mr. &
Mrs. Michael Manivilovski, Joe
Joseph - Sollen Simon’s 8th grade
Sandy Knickerbocker - Carol &
Janet Kubran - Susan H. Santos
Nellie Ann Lathe - Lawrence E.
Dunnigan III, Jeffrey C. Fuge &
Associates, Dave & Susan Laird,
Mindy C. Levin, Gary & Donna
Rhoda Helen Levin - Glenda
& Harold Brooks, Elias Wilf
Corporation, Marcia & Allen
Heyman, Selma H. Kofsky, Lynn
Joan Lewis - Eleanor Lewis
Walter Majchrzak - June
Elizabeth Ann Mayer - Cynthia
W. Ballard, Mr. & Mrs. John G.
McDonald, Brian Zavin
Stacey L. McDougall - Lisa
Anderson, Sandra Baber, Jerry
& Betty Crowell, Sharon Daniels,
Lauren Daniels, Paul Dial, Amy
DiAngelo, Leigh Ann Eckenrode,
Joseph W. Ensor, Donna Gravell,
Richard G. Herbig, Carrie
Lhotsky, Ronald J. Mardaga,
Shannon & Michael Mayhew,
Arden McClune, Patrick
McGregor, Virginia Perkins, Dean
Ross, Ford C. Rowell, Martha A.
Stoelting, Deborah Szymanik,
University of Maryland Faculty
Physicians, Inc., Bonnie & Ted
Joan L. Greeley Yingling
Mixter - Irvina C. Greeley,
William Kissinger, Roosevelt
Wednesday’s Choice Senior Club
My Mom - Stacy Dull
Mary Jane O’Leary “Grammy” Rich & Julie Shetter
Frank William John Olver Gabbay Feldman Pearlman
Minkin Faber Kates Zaft Jacobs
Mary E. Overcash - Mr. & Mrs.
Donald T. Bolster, Valerie &
Ray Catalucci, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob
Cohen, The Hon. Robert L.
Ehrlich Jr., Nancy Gross, Diane
Heagerty, Mr. & Mrs. Timothy E.
Koch, McGladrey LLP, Mr. & Mrs.
Brian Meritt, Juliana See, Jason
& Kelly Sevier, Jeanne St. Ville
Walter A. Parrish, Jr. - NSA Civilian
Welfare Fund, Christopher
Salmi, Robert & Nina Taylor,
Earl Reigle - Beatrice Reigle
Robin Ring - Mr. & Mrs. William E.
Louis Rosenthal - Pauline R.
Sally Roberts Ross - Marianne
Norma Rothermel - Matthew &
Shirley Rudo - Naomi Amsterdam,
Cathy Cohen, Beverly & Gerald
Diaz, Barbara L. Diehl, Ruth
Eisenberg, Marc & Diana
Grosman, Judy B. Harrow, Fran
Ludman, Sheryl Marder, Mr. &
Mrs. John G. Mulherin, Caroline
& Steven Nimetz, Melvin Rubin,
Sandy Shapiro, Mr. & Mrs.
Bernard Silverman, Bruce &
Marlene Solomon, Marianne L.
Wolff, Sherwin & Marsha Yoffe
Melinda Ann Maltese Schaefer The Brickman Group, Ltd, Carpet
& Wood Floor Liquidators,
Michael Curtin, David Grisez,
Melissa Gruner, Stephen M.
Maltese & Renee A. Serra,
Danielle Maltese, Monique &
Eddie Neal, George Philippou,
William P. Schaper, Jr. - Barbara
Valere E. Scheck - Mr. & Mrs.
Cynthia (Cyndy) Scott - Cyndy’s
colleagues & friends at Tower
Fed. Credit Union, Susan Glick,
Linda Greene, Becky Vogt
Robin Shulim - Joseph Shulim
Jacqueline Ann Spare - Mr. &
Mrs. Nicholas Mangino, Jeanne
Marks, Celia Peck, Mr. & Mrs.
William Saul, Elizabeth Weber
Mickey Stefansson - Stef
Dr. Hassan Talezadeh - McCormick
& Company, Inc.
Alice Lemmon Thomas - Jean M.
James Thompson - Tina Smith &
Naomi Wagner - Michael & Linda
Dean Weller - Tracey D. Frey,
Joshua Gembicki, Gilman
School, Mark Lindenmeyer,
Carol Macht , James Paquette,
Brent Williams - Nony Griggs
Linda G. Wimert - Mary L. Biddle,
Karen Brown, Junghie Elky,
Frances Wiseman - Janice Kozdras
Elizabeth Key Worchester - Estate
of Anne B. Dunn II
Bonnie Jo Wortman - Michele
To make a gift in honor or memory of a person or pet,
please use the attached envelope or go to www.mdspca.org.
Rambo Kerr - Jeffrey Mason
Trixie, Shoo-Shoo, Peppy, FiFi,
Lucky, & Tigger Leahy - John
Ringo Liese - Brett Liese
Meadow Macintyre - Caleigh
Paris Parncutt - Stephanie N.
Four pets of Carroll Phillips Carroll S. Phillips
Lady Duke Sample - Rodney &
Rocky Snello - Vincent A. Snello
Pete Spears - Robert Spears
Bailey Trieber - Cheri A. Trieber
Snowball & Sadie Tune - Betty
Harper & Grisson Williams-Swank
- Mr. & Mrs. Robert Swank
Jazz Woods - Darcy Phelan-Emrick
IN MEMORY OF PETS:
Sammy Adams - Dave Imre
Regi Aliberti - Marianne Daley
Stripes Amelang - Kimberly
Bob Barth - Emma L. Vrhovac
Jane Bauer - James & Jamie
IN HONOR OF PETS:
Buffy Bedford - Eleanor S.
Cody Adamski - David Adamski
Amy Allen - Paul & Nancy Allen
Baron Beklik - Jean M. Saffer
Ivy Andrews - Lynn M. Andrews Jack Bevans - Jean M. Saffer
Maddie Banks-Segall - Jacqueline Izzy Blackburn - Rev. James C.
Cotton Barkley - Donald G.
Asher Bogart - Laura Bogart
Ziggy Boone - Alicia & Douglas
Georgia Bott - Kristen Bott
Angel Brown - Laurie Brir
China Borradaile - Asher
Charlie Cohen - Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Borradaile
Rocky Bowers - Patrick & Barbara
Clementine & Cole - Dr. & Mrs.
Jake Bowie - Dr. Barbara Bowie
Maggie Dodds - Nancy L. Dodds Calie Cat Bozman - Kathy Waugh
Albert Donlin - Philip E. Donlin
Jasper Brearley-Keller - Brian
Daisy Dunnigan - Charles &
Melissa Brooks - Judy Franz
Norman Ermatinger - William C. Muffy Brown - Laurie Brir
Sammie Burck - Chere & George
Vivian Finton - Robert & Joanna
Pepper Burman - Susan Tonascia
Coconut Gilbert - Matthew
Little Tiger Cairnes - Patricia L.
Jolly Gilliam - John & Victoria
Ginger Callahan - Dorothy
Joey Henderson - Patricia L.
Boola Cameron - Ruth Crystal,
Walter & Shelly Daly
Missy Imrisek - Joan Imrisek
Cutter Campbell - Senator & Mrs.
Kristi Jones - Dolores C. Jones
Snoopy Carter - Marie Carter
Jackson Chapin - Patricia Custer,
Katie Flory, Jean Maurhoff
Kara Clark-Neubauer - Dr. Joseph
Frontera, Robert H. Paul
Cody Coleman - Arlene S. Paul
Tiger Lily Copeland - Carol
Nutsy, Taz, Tipper Crews - Audrey
Rags, Bobbie & Nutsy Crews Audrey V. Crews
Hannah Culbertson - Dr. Anne E.
Suzy Cunliffe - Barbara G. Cunliffe
Maxwell Socks Demario - Philip
Daisy Denney - Sanjay & Jean
Billie DeRosa - Peter DeRosa Jr.
Pywackit Dexter - Edward Dexter
Tyie Beau Dilegge - David A.
Ruby Dotson - Jean B. Dotson
Zoe Dubrov-Foreman - Symantec
Beau Eden - Frank L. Taylor
Leah Efron - Skip Franz
Foxy, Raven & Sofie Egbert Diane & Paul Egbert, Glenn A.
Sassy Fickus - Diane M. Fickus
Sadie Freeland - Christine Gellert
Sebastian Frey - Ruth L. Frey
Cheetah Rose Frith - Kevin Frith
Juliette Genello - Helene King
Canyon Gennett - Annemarie
Leia Gerardo - Amanda F. Taylor
Flash Gordon - Jason Brandt
Shelleg Hantgan - Stuart Levine
Nanook Harness - Mary
Vali Hartling - William S. Hartling
Maddie Hausmann - Laura
Riley & Violet Heinbauch - Mike
Bono Hillis - Patti Leland
Sophie Hoehn - Marion Hoehn
Oliver Holshey - Jennifer Austin
Mugsy Honemann-Doering Donna Honemann & Larry
Lily Hunt - Robyn Scott
Peppi & Beanie Ingram - Herman
& Linda Ingram
Jocko Jakubowski - Patricia
Pixie Johnston - David & Rebecca
Hornbeck, Martha K. Johnston &
Raymond Suarez, Sue M. Lindbeck
Buddy Karwacki - Richard
Tiger Kelley - Stephanie L. Aguiar
Clara Kinch - Nancy Kinch
Hank Kuhlman - The Hon. Julie
Kobi Laird - Michelle West
Matilda Land - John Land
Emma & Chelsea Leach - Glenn &
Wink Leard - Dika A. Seltzer
Woodstock Lee - Hae Sook Lee
Buster Leland - Christine Gellert
Smokey Leonard - Gregory &
Miss Sadie Leutner - Charles
Vivi Linfield - Daria M. Rovinski
Molly Livingston - Jeanne St. Ville
Lord Reilly of Upland Donnelly
- Melissa & Thomas Martin Carney
Sammi Lotterer - Jennifer Kaptain
Makzeen, Roxanne, Rae Dawn,
Rutti & Rutti Too - Leo & Susan
Amber Martin - Margaret Shaw
Rudy Millard - Jennifer Erickson,
Bucky Moseley - Ellen & James
Sammy Mount-Russell - Cynthia
Fritz, Gunner, Buddy Mueller John & Carol Mueller
Daisy Muller - Dave Imre
Bobi Murphy - Denise Love
Muffin Murphy - Rita Murphy
Buddy & Porky Nalley - Marge
Stripes, Corkscrew, Smudge
O’Sullivan - Terrie L. O’Sullivan
Gracie Otte - Kathleen Ross
Milo Otto - Patty Otto
Oliver Pachner - Mr. & Mrs. Steve
Daisy Page - Anna Page
Vino Palermo - Cynthia Bender,
Baby Cat Paul - Michael A. Franko,
Dr. Joseph Frontera
Phoebee Powell - Krista Powell
Benny Radice - Jason Donovan
Katie Rehmar - Bonnie Heaton
Lily Riso - Jill B. Bloom
Greta Ruffo-Konkel - Dr. Joseph
Sam Russ - Julie Ellis
Hap Sackett - David Sackett
Buddy Sasamoto - Jerry
Pup Pup Schmick - Eleanor Oster
Manny Schwartz - Henry
Sandy Servary - M. Servary
Crash Shollenberger-Winters Jennifer Reed
Paca Silverman & Lew Mills - Ruth
Samie Silverstein - Sue Recker
Bruce Silverstein - Debbie Satisky
Snoop Skipper - Rich & Julie
Sadie Smith - Sundara Lucas
Moses Smith - Ann Malinowski
Pyro & Conan Steinberg - Dr. John
Albert Steinwedel - Louis W.
Fruitcake Stevens - Laura M.
Sabby Stone - Margaret B. Stone
Stosh & Coda Syversen - Ann S.
Butter R. Taylor - Cathy L. Shipley
Betsy Tice - Linda C. Thompson &
Richard W. Thompson
Mamie Vaeth - Adele Marley
Franklin Weakland - Kalelei
Summer Storm Webb - Eugene
T-Bone Weichert - Marylee L.
Duffy Weisblatt - Jerrold & Denise
Jack Wesner - Brian Wesner
Rudy & Jasmine White - Donna
Minii Wilson - Adele Marley
Sam, Beau, Missy I, Sissy I, Missy
II, Sissy II Wilson - Ruth P. Wilson
Harley Wittz - Kelly Mercer
Allie Wojnowski - Michael & Mary
Taylor Wolfe - Elizabeth A.
Lucky Yacobucci - Laura Yacobucci
Robert Yanike - George Matysek
Fuenf Yeftich - Karen Yeftich,
Samantha & Wheeler Young - Ty
& Lynne Young
Max Young - Jeanne A. Young
Dodge & Abby Znamirowski Samantha Znamirowski
TO GIFT A
Paws to Ponder: Earning and Learning
By Amie Glasgow, Head Trainer & Behavior Consultant
Dogs have been our faithful companions for more than 30,000 years. production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps aid sleep and
By comparison, dog food has only been mass produced since sometime feelings of general well-being. A shy dog can learn that she can have
in the 1890’s. That means that for 28,110 years (give or take), dogs a positive effect on her environment and develop more confidence by
had to hunt, scavenge and pilfer their meals to get by. Now that dogs learning how to solve these puzzles. A bored, energetic dog can be
are inside with our families, and more and more confined by our city distracted for a few minutes with a toy you had premade and stashed
lifestyles, they have less true opportunities to tap into those instincts, in the freezer. Dogs have to use problem-solving skills to figure out the
best method of manipulating the toy, which burns extra calories and
but the instincts are still there!
can tire an anxious or hyper dog slightly more.
So what does a modern dog do when her
That means just by making your dog work for
meals are provided to her in a bowl that takes
her meals she’ll be happier, less bored, better
her five minutes to scarf down each morning?
behaved, more confident and in better shape!
Well, she hunts through your closets for your
Perhaps the most famous work-to-eat toy is
shoes to chew, scavenges through the trash can,
the traditional Kong®, a bee-hive shaped rubber
and pilfers things off the top of your counters,
toy that can be stuffed with peanut butter,
among other things. Thankfully, there are more
canned food, biscuits or moistened kibble. But,
and more options out there to help you with
there are literally hundreds of options out there,
this — specifically through the use of what are
from free (scatter the kibble around a room or
called “work-to-eat toys.” These are toys that
play hide-and-seek with dishes) up through a
are designed to hold food — sometimes wet,
Alexia works-to-eat with her Kong® variety of price ranges. Some are for solo use
sometimes dry, sometimes either — that the dog
by the dog, some will allow you to play along.
can access only by manipulating the toy. Using
these toys will take advantage of your dog’s natural need to hunt while Rotate through a few options, so your dog isn’t solving the same puzzles
giving you some other benefits that may almost seem magical at times. each day. For starters, you’ll want to supervise your dog to be sure she
Offering a work-to-eat toy will slow down meal time for a dog — a can’t destroy the toy and swallow the inedible remains, which could
dog who used to gulp down a meal in one bite will take ten or fifteen be life threatening. Some dogs may need to be taught how to use the
minutes tossing, pawing and chewing the food out of the toy. This can toys, some may take to them right away, but before long, you can be
help prevent bloat — a life-threatening condition. The mental and using a variety of toys to deliver all of your dog’s meals to her directly —
physical energies involved in this hunt can increase the dog’s natural allowing you to both to reap the benefits in her behavior.
Did you know that the Maryland SPCA provides over-the-phone behavior advice at no cost to pet owners?
To speak to an MD SPCA behavior expert call 410-235-8826, ext. 151 or email [email protected]
Correcting behavior issues improves the relationship between owners and animals to ensure the animal stays in that loving home.
2013 SUMMER SEASON
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2013
Wine & Wag happy hours.
Our June, July and August happy hours, all held
at the Maryland SPCA, were a hit. Each was wellattended, especially our August happy hour,
which we had to postpone a week due to threat
of heavy thunderstorms. We are grateful to our
sponsors and contributors. The Wine Source in
Hampden generously donated beer and wine.
California Pizza Kitchen supplied us with pizza.
Our wonderful 2013 vendors included both Bark!
and Dogma. Dogs received goodies courtesy
of ColdNose dog ice cream. We also thank the
volunteers who helped make our summer Wine
& Wags a success. This summer’s happy hours
brought in more than $8,000 for the animals!
To keep your calendar
up-to-date with all
Maryland SPCA events visit
The Maryland SPCA Launches New Website
The new website of the Maryland SPCA went live on July 28, 2013. The known as “Re-Homing.” Owners who need to give up their pets are now
launch of the new website, which offers quick and easy access to essential able to post them directly to the website, with a full biography and up
information about the MD SPCA and our programs and services, is part to four photos. The posts are made anonymous, so that owners maintain
of the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance
their privacy and can be selective over potential
the quality and availability of information to our
interested adopters. Many pet owners do not desire
supporters, adopters and pet lovers.
to give up their pets, but find themselves in this
The website boasts a modern, colorful design
difficult spot based on a given situation. This tool
and is divided into three sections: who we are,
allows owners to decide on their pet’s new home
what we do, and how you can get involved. We
were especially excited to launch the site feaThe website’s user-friendly nature provides users
turing photos exclusively of MD SPCA pets both
with more efficient access to our organization’s
past and present.
resources. Other new functions include a video
The website offers a few NEW special feaand photo gallery, an area to host archives of all
tures such as a community Lost & Found for
our in-house publications (both digital and online),
pets. Owners who have lost their pets, and those
and a brand new section for our Maryland SPCA
who have opened their homes to strays, are able
Cole, adopted from the MD SPCA
to create their own public posts on our beautiful
We would like to extend a special thank you to
in 2007 by Make Things Studio
and interactive program. Since its July launch,
Kutil of Baltimore based Make Things Studio,
owner Ben Kutil.
the Maryland SPCA Lost & Found has already
LLC for the wonderful re-imagination of our webreturned many animals back into the arms of the families who were miss- site from start to finish. As always, thank you to our wonderful volunteer
photographers, Ben Hoffmann and Nina K Photography, for always taking
Also revamped on the new site is the online community pet listings, brilliant photos of our pets.
Going Home: Tiger Lily’s Happy Tail
Story submitted by Erica Fulco, “Mama” to Tiger Lily
This is Tiger (same name from when I adopted him). I call him Tiger Lily. I adopted him in
late July 2010. He was abandoned in a park next to the Maryland SPCA and the person who
found him described him as sitting by himself looking sad. He could have been hit by a
car and seriously injured or killed. It breaks my heart, but I couldn’t be more grateful that
it happened or he never would have ended up where he belongs, with me. I don’t think
he was treated well because he did not walk well on a leash and has a scar on his tail. He
also appears to have scars in his ears like someone had tried to crop them. I’m so grateful
they failed. He has the cutest floppy ears and his tail is a little bit bent but it makes him
unique. Swimming is his absolute favorite thing to do. Lucky for him, both my mother and
my boyfriend’s parents have a pool, so he gets to go swimming about once a week during
the summer. You can’t keep this dog out of water!
He loves toys, bones, and being kissed and told that he is a good boy or that he’s the
baby. He also has several friends that we meet up with regularly to play with. He loves walks,
especially hikes in the woods. It worked in his favor that he was able to jump the fence in
my back yard, because he now instead gets plenty of leash walks! He is the sweetest dog
Erica Fulco, Kevin Wilmot
a girl could ever ask for. He loves his “mama” and “papa” most, but he also has an aunt and
and Tiger Lily
uncle who he knows by name and a “grammy” who he adores. Tiger also remembers my
friends from college and loves when they visit. I couldn’t ask for a smarter dog and a better
companion. I could probably ask for a more obedient dog who doesn’t chase every rabbit he sees, but no one is perfect.
I frequently hear people say, “I want to raise a dog from when it’s a puppy so that it is loyal to me” and I feel compelled to point out how
wonderful an adult dog can be. No one is more loyal than Tiger Lily is to me. He loves me unconditionally. He will snuggle all day, climb
on my lap and kiss my face when I cry, sit on me or stand in front of me when he feels he should protect me. He is always happy to see
me, even if I’ve only been gone for five minutes. I know I am lucky to have found such a winner, and I also know many others who have
adopted from you and other organizations. Their dogs and cats are extremely loyal and thankful to their new families. I can’t thank you
enough for the best gift I’ve ever gotten, my Tiger Lily! He brings so much joy to my life! I can only handle one dog at a time for now and
Tiger would hate to share the attention, but I know 100% that I will be back to adopt my next pet down the road. Maryland SPCA, we
cannot thank you enough for what you have given us!
2014 PET CALENDAR
The Maryland SPCA 2014 Pet Calendar
officially goes on sale October 3. This
beautiful full-color wall calendar is 9 x 12
inches and packed with wonderful photos of
beloved pets submitted by animal lovers and
supporters of the MD SPCA.
The calendar is $15.90, including MD
sales tax (additional shipping and handling
charges apply if ordered online). You can
buy the calendar at the MD SPCA. You can
order it online at www.mdspca.kintera.
org/2013cal. Several local retailers also will
sell the calendar, and we will post a list of
these retailers on our website.
Selecting the photos for the cover and
Tres (Ann Davis and Bill Wloczewski)
pet-of-the-month pages from the hundreds
submitted was a challenging task. Many
AMAZING photos were entered in our contest! Our panel of judges evaluated the entries
carefully. Our cover winners are Lauren Brunt and Dan Beadell with their dog Tucker!
Everyone who paid to enter photos in our 2014 calendar will receive a free calendar for each
The calendar is an important fundraiser for the MD SPCA. Proceeds benefit the needy and
homeless animals in our care. We thank our 2014 pet calendar sponsor, Atlantic Remodeling.
We also thank everyone who paid to enter a photo and everyone who buys a calendar. It
makes a great gift!
Welcome Sarah Walton: Director of Development
We are happy to welcome Sarah Walton as the
new Director of Development at the Maryland
SPCA. Sarah comes to the Maryland SPCA with
six years of fundraising experience at the Walters
Art Museum, where she served as the Senior
Development Officer, and brings a successful
track record in the nonprofit fundraising sector.
As the Senior Development Officer, Sarah oversaw
the strategic planning and implementation of the
Walters’ foundation, corporate, and government
fundraising initiatives; worked with the Development Committee, the Corporate Task Force,
and Government Relations Committee; and stewarded capital requests in Annapolis.
Before moving to Baltimore, she worked in Washington, D.C. in the Press Department at the
ONE Campaign; in the Chairman’s office at Bryan Cave Strategies; and in Congresswoman Jo
Ann Emerson’s office on Capitol Hill.
Sarah graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a political science
degree. She and her husband, Ned, live in Hampden with their daughters, Lucy and Hazel.
She is excited to be joining the Maryland SPCA team. Welcome, Sarah!
Become a Loyal Friend of the
Maryland SPCA by signing up to
make regular donations through
our Electronic Transfer Program.
You choose the amount to give
each month, and the money
is automatically withdrawn
from your checking or savings
account. There is no transaction
charge to you, and you can
cancel at any time simply by
1209 Cromwell Bridge Rd
Baltimore, MD 21286
Pet+E.R. has been a wonderful supporter
of the Maryland SPCA for several years.
For the 2013 March for the Animals,
they very generously provided a $5,000
Challenge Gift Sponsorship. PET+E.R. is
also a partner with the Maryland SPCA’s
foster care program, providing veterinary
care to puppies and kittens in our foster
program. Pet+E.R. is a leading veterinary
facility in the Baltimore Metropolitan
area that can handle the most severe
emergency and critical care cases.
Would you like to see your business
featured in Animal Talk? Corporate
sponsorship of a Maryland SPCA event
is a great way to promote your business
and associate your corporate name with
a worthwhile cause. We have a range
of sponsorship opportunities for our
events and programs. Visit our website
or contact Tami Gosheff, Special Events
and Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected]
mdspca.org or 410-235-8826, ext. 138 for
THE BALTIMORE 500: CATS WIN!
We surpassed our “500” goal, yet again, this year by helping 703 cats and kittens find new homes! To
save the lives of abandoned and unwanted felines, the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) held
its 5th annual Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives promotion throughout the month of June. June is
national Adopt-A-Cat Month because it’s often the height of kitten season, when many cats have babies, causing animal shelters to be overcrowded. The Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Humane Society and
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)—all members of BAWA—waived their adoption
fees for cats and kittens during the race. Regular adoption procedures applied.
Many thanks to the sponsor of the Baltimore 500, the Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT). Dr. Jane Brunt
and Betty Cox from CHAT have been an incredibly supportive of this joint promotion since its first year.
CHAT kindly provided goodie bags and free wellness exams to adopters. Thank you, CHAT!
In the Mail (cont.)
Dear Maryland SPCA,
I adopted Freddie last June during
the Baltimore 500. Freddie’s
prior owner died and he was
surrendered to SPCA. Something
about this big yellow guy spoke
to me. Freddie came with a dental
waiver, so I knew he might require
a little work. He is down many
teeth due to his advanced dental
disease and proudly displays his
one remaining fang. He also has
some secondary issues that have
required care from two specialists,
but he doesn’t care. He’s a happy,
sweet not-so-little guy who enjoys
lounging or starting an occasional
bout of “fight club” with his feline
sister. But, mostly he enjoys being lazy. So happy to have him in my life.
Thanks, MD SPCA! Kelly Davidson
Just a little update about my partner in crime, Moxie. In September of
2011, I brought home two-year-old Moxie (formerly Bootsie). From the first
minute I walked into the Maryland SPCA for my volunteer orientation, I
knew she was the cat for me. Although, let’s be honest, she had picked me
as her human and that was that. I had no say in the matter. I took her home
and she immediately owned my apartment, and my boyfriend’s, and now
our house. She tried to take over my mother’s house, but her salty old cat
would have none of it. Moxie thought she’d found her boyfriend. He just
wanted her to go away.
The last two years with her have been wonderful; she is still just as loving
and funny as ever. Moxie isn’t shy in the least (in fact, she greets everyone
at the door with a meow), and everyone who meets her falls in love, which
is quite fine with her as long as it includes a scratch behind the ears. I
have never met a cat who had as much
personality as Moxie. People joke that she
is me in cat form, and oddly I have to agree.
Put us in the sun for a nap and attend to us
when we say so, and we’re happy.
I’m a proud momma who has way too
many pictures of her cat on her phone! I
can’t thank the Maryland SPCA enough
for bringing us together! You guys do
wonderful work and provide such a great
place for animals to stay until they find their
forever home. I’m so glad that I get to be
that home for Moxie.
Best, Emily and Moxie
Dear Maryland SPCA,
I recently adopted Diamond, formerly known as Winkin, from the Maryland
SPCA about seven or eight months ago as a kitten. When I first met her, she
was the most timid and frightened kitty I had ever encountered. I actually
said I didn’t want a cat that would be that scared and timid, but all of her
brothers were being adopted and she was going to be the only one left. I
wanted a little companion so badly, and I knew she needed someone who
was going to put in work to help build trust. I’m glad I adopted her because
it was a journey worth taking.
Diamond is the craziest, most adventurous little diva I have ever met.
She fits my personality so well, and she loves me unconditionally! This is my
best friend. She follows me foot to foot, and when I’m having a bad day, she
jumps in my lap to give love. It’s crazy how different she is now from the day
I met her! I love her so much and don’t know what I would do without her.
Thanks for helping me meet my baby!
Sincerely, Shakera Harris
KIBBLE CONNECTION: HELPING PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS
The Maryland SPCA collects donated pet food in unopened containers, delivers the donations to Community
Support Services for the Deaf to package, and Meals on Wheels delivers the food to local homebound clients
with pets. Kibble Connection helps ensure that Meals on Wheels clients and their pets maintain good nutrition.
Before this program began, some Meals on Wheels clients were sharing their meals with their pets and not
getting enough to eat. How Can You Help? For Kibble Connection, the Maryland SPCA accepts pet food in
unopened containers or bags. Please bring donations to our adoption center during business hours. For
more information, contact Amanda Schulz at 410-235-8826, ext. 107.
3300 Falls Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21211-2403
PERMIT NO. 9514
Return Service Requested
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Mordecai Hello. I’m a good boy who keeps quietly
to myself. I might be a big, fluffy tabby, but don’t let my
luxurious fur fool you. I’m a cat of simple pleasures!
Akuba Hey! I’m a fun-loving girl, looking for a family
who likes to play as much as I do. I can be a little bit of a
wiggly-worm until you find that sweet spot... a belly rub!
Oreo Purrrrr... I am looking for a family that I can spend
my “golden years” loving. I’m a low-key, senior guy and my
adoption fee has been waived.
Sparks Hello. I’m a young Australian Shepherd / Shetland
Sheep Dog mix. My family couldn’t keep me, so now I am
patiently waiting for a new family who loves a lap dog.
Billy Hey there! I’m just a playful, curious baby looking
for a good family. I am already litter box trained and ready
to move into a new home!
Oliver Hey! I’m an English Setter looking for a fun-loving
family who is comfortable going on long walks or just
lying around the house with me.
Blackbird Meow. I’m working undercover to keep an
eye on you and your household. I’ve been waiting at the
MD SPCA for a while now for my fur-ever home!
Sponsored by the Pippi Fund
Chapelle Hey! Don’t let my age fool you. I have a lot of
playtime left for an eight-year-old. My previous owners
attest that I am a sweet and loyal companion.
Sponsored by the Kaycee Fund
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