“You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place. 
That's why animals are so soft and huggy.” 

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Volunteer Network

All SMAWL volunteers must be 13 years or older. All PETCO volunteers must be 16 years old or older. If you or your group would like to assist SMAWL with a special project or at one of our events please contact us!

A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person (SMAWL Volunteer) sees a glass of water and starts looking for an animal who might be thirsty.

Downloadable Membership, Volunteer, and Foster Applications HERE


Callaway Cat Castle

Throughout the year, we have dozens of cats living at our Callaway Cat Castle in the Callaway Village Shopping Center.   Have you ever thought about what our  cats need from time to time? Well, here is your chance to get that question answered!
Supplies are always needed, including:

  • Mr.Clean floor cleaner
  • Dish soap of any type
  • Bleach
  • Mops
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Trash bags (13 gallon size bags)

As for the cat's enjoyment, the following supplies are always needed:

  • Clumping Litter
  • Round refill scratching boards
  • Toys....toys....toys. Enrichment toys help cats with boredom!
  • Purina indoor cat food and Purina Complete formula food
  • Treats...the way to any cats heart!!!

If you would like to help out our  cats by volunteering at the center, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. We can always use litter box cleaners and broom masters at the center! The cats could always use more love throughout the day as well.

If you can help the SMAWL  cats by giving supplies, please feel free to drop them off at All Kinds Veterinary Hospital in Callaway or at any of our Adoption Events at Petco in California, MD which are held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.
Thank You all for your constant support of St. Mary's County's homeless animals!

SMAWL Ways to Help the Animals

Support SMAWL While You Save Money and Earn Cash Back

Saint Mary's Animal Welfare League is participating in an exciting new fundraising program. The company now has its own website featuring thousands of partner stores like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Apple, The Home Depot and many more. When you make a purchase on WWW.MARKETAMERICA.COM/SMAWLSOMD, Saint Mary's Animal Welfare League receives royalties and you earn up to 35% cash back on qualified purchases. » Learn More

US Bones 

SMAWL supporters can now select St. Mary's Animal Welfare League as the recipient of 25% of their order value at US Bones. Try it out!  


We're excited to welcome St Marys Animal Welfare League - SMAWL to GoodSearch and GoodShop! SMAWL is up and running on two sites:



Food Lion MVP Card Registration

One of the easiest things you can do to help SMAWL is to register your Food Lion MVP card. It's quick and simple.

Please go to: HERE

Click on: Select Organization
Enter State: MD
Enter City: Leonardtown
Select Organization: Saint Mary's Animal Welfare League
Our Code: 252163

Enter your MVP card number from the back of your card, as well as the requested information.

It's that easy! Now when you shop, the animals will benefit from your purchases. 

Recycle Your Ink Cartridges Through SMAWL

This SMAWL way to help the animals also helps the Earth. All you need to do is bring your used ink and toner cartridges to any SMAWL adoption event at Petco. We will collect the recyclables and send them off to a company who gives us donation dollars for every cartridge we send.

Please consider collecting the used ink and toner cartridges at your work site. Put out a collection box and let people know that your collective effort will help a lot of homeless animals.

Remember our adoption events are held at the Petco in California on the first and third Saturday of every month, year round, from 10:00-2:00.


SMAWL is registered on iGive.com. At iGive.com, you can shop at over 680 stores online. The best part? Up to 26% of every purchase will be donated to SMAWL.

At iGive.com, membership is free. When you register and select SMAWL as your cause, iGive.com will donate an easy $5 to SMAWL -- as long as you shop within forty-five days of registering. This could be the easiest five dollars you will ever donate, or iGive, to SMAWL.

Stores include Barnes & Noble, Staples, Best Buy, Lands' End, Avon, Bloomingdales, Delta Airlines, Travelocity.com, and animal favorites such as Pet Food Direct, Petco, CatToys.com, and PETsMART.com.

Please help by registering at http://www.iGive.com. Follow the steps to "Find and Select Your Cause." We are listed as St. Mary's Animal Welfare League. Then start shopping today. It's an easy way to help the animals. 



Pounce Perks Program

SMAWL has signed on for the Pounce Perks program. This program will directly benefit our special adult cats living at our SMAWL Adoption and Rescue Center. These cats are getting the special attention they need to learn to trust humans again. And it's no coincidence that they are learning new behaviors by being rewarded with, yes, cat treats!

On every can* or inside every bag of Pounce treats, you will find a code. All you need to do is send your code numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It's that easy. Please put on the subject line: "Pounce Perks." From there, our volunteers will know to forward the codes to Jen and Judy Hunt who are helming this fundraising effort.

Your codes will help SMAWL because they earn points. With enough points, SMAWL will receive $15 gift cards for PetMeds.com. For our Adoption and Rescue Center cats who need to stay healthy, that translates back into a lot of free Frontline treatments, and that's good news.

* The code is found under the label of the can. Be careful. You have to tear off the label first.

This program is valid only through October -- so tell Fluffy to start eating more Pounce!



Another great way to help is by saving your Fresh Step PAW POINTS that are located on each bag or box of Fresh Step cat litter. Through this program our cats and kittens can get free medicine from 1-800petmeds. They can also get well-needed free litter and toys. We just ask that you save your points and send them to us through the mail or through e-mail toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. making sure that you write PAW POINTS in the subject line. Our cats are looking forward to your continuing support. Thank You.


Callaway Cat Castle


We have a shelter for cats in Callaway.. We call this shelter the Callaway Cat Castle. The Cat Castle is open on Sat and Sun from 11-3 and on weekdays by appointment.  Right now the Cat Castle  is in serious need of the following supplies:

  • Dry Food: Should be Purina One Chicken and Rice ONLY
  • Kitten Food-any type
  • Kitten formula
  • Wet Kitten Food
  • Wet Cat Food
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Any type of disinfecting wipes
  • Trash Bags (13 gallon size bags)
  • Any kind of clumping litter
  • Toys and Treats
  • Cat grass :0)
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Frontline for Cats and Dogs
  • Would love for a steam cleaner to be donated
  • Clumping Cat litter

Right now we have 31 cats in this shelter, so you can imagine the amount of food and litter that is used. If you are able to donate some of these items, please bring them to the adoption even held every weekend at PETCO from 10AM to 2PM. Remember your donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your continued support for SMAWL.

Adoption Events

SMAWL holds adoption events every Saturday, year-round, at the Petco in California, Maryland.(45205 Worth Lane) Be sure to stop by and meet many of the wonderful dogs and cats we have waiting to find a furever home. All of our dogs and cats are disease tested, up to date on rabies vaccinations, and microchipped.

The event hours are 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

The Cat Castle, in Calloway Villiage Shopping Center, is open on Sat and Sun from 11-3 and on weekdays by appointment.


resqSMAWL is now partners with ResQThreads.  People can visit their site at www.resqthreads.com; at checkout, select SMAWL from the list of rescue partners and SMAWL will receive a percentage of your purchase.