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St. Mary's Animal Welfare League
PO Box 1232
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Here are examples of what your donation can cover

  • $1000 - Provides specialized services to those animals with severe medical conditions or illness.
  • $500 - Pays for minor surgery which allows for an injured or diseased animal to be rehabilitated and adopted
  • $300 - Covers basic vetting and spay/neuter for one healthy dog
  • $200 - Covers basic vetting and spay/neuter for one healthy cat
  • $100 - One month of flea treatments for all animals in our care
  • $50 - Covers the cost to spay/neuter one animal
  • $25 - Provides collars / treats / toys for one animal

In 2016  SMAWL continues to carry out its mission by restoring homeless, sick, hungry and abandoned animals to lives of health and happiness.  Over 370 cats and dogs were saved so far this year, a milestone we would not have been able to achieve without the help of community members like you.  We thank you for being a part of this important effort.


As we come to the end of another busy year

We would like to


those who have contributed to

SMAWL’s achievements.

As this year comes to a close, we ask you to take a moment to support our animals with a generous donation.  Your gift will help us defray the cost of food, essential supplies, medications and veterinary care for hundreds of animals in 2017.


SMAWL’s programs are entirely volunteer-run and supported by the financial support of the community.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the dedicated work of our volunteers, we can guarantee that the animals we help are never alone, hungry, sick, afraid or in pain.  Any amount you decide to donate will be very much appreciated and will make a different in the lives of the animals we serve.

  We rely on generous donors and volunteers like you to provide the support animals like Percy and Peabody need to survive.
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 Update on Percy You may have heard of Percy, a 5 year old Bichon, who was rescued after his owner went into hospice care and the living conditions and abuse he suffered was brought to SMAWL's attention.  The desire for human companionship Percy demonstrated, even amidst the evidence of extreme neglect and psychological trauma, shocked the SMAWL rescue team. Percy is now an integral member of a family who provides him with loving care.    Peabody  is a very handsome 13 year old cat that was transferred to SMAWL from Tri-County Animal Shelter.   He was in desperate need of dental work, but stole the hearts of many with his laid-back and loving personality.  After $1,000 spent in dental work and receiving the after-care he needed to recover from surgery, he is enjoying the remainder of his days in in a very happy and loving home with Percy!

Percy & Peabody’s new family!

2016 successes to date

  • 370 cats and dogs placed into loving homes
  • 700 community members served by our low- cost vaccine and microchip clinics
  • 425 community members received financial support to spay and neuter their pets
  • 6,000 community members reached through education and support outreach

YOU can make a difference.

Every single day in Southern Maryland

1 homeless dog and

6 homeless cats

lose their lives

because they have nobody to care for them.   You can help SMAWL to save more animals in our community. 

Thank you for your support!


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This is Rambo who spent the remainder of his life in a loving foster home instead of being lonely and afraid in a shelter.  Rambo was an elderly cat with medical issues who was transferred to SMAWL from Tri-County Animal Shelter. Services include financial support to community members for spay & neuter surgeries; pet food and supplies for families in need; financial support for pet medical emergencies for families in need; support for lost/ found pets and re-homing pets; education and outreach to promote compassion towards companion animals and responsible pet care. Meet Colonel who underwent extensive surgery to repair a congenital hernia which made it hard for him to breathe. He has been adopted into a loving home and now makes visits to local nursing homes and acts as an Ambassador for SMAWL!
SMAWL provides foster-based hospice care so animals can finish their days in a safe and loving environment. SMAWL provides education, support and services to the community to help keep hundreds of pets healthy and happy in their homes. SMAWL provides extraordinary medical care to animals in need so they can be rehabilitated and placed into adoptive homes.

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Thank You - 2017 Calendar Sponsors!

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