A private no-kill shelter serving the animals & citizens of Worcester County Maryland.

a black and white dog laying on top of a blue crate
About Us


The Worcester County Humane Society was formed in 1976 as a no-kill shelter by a group of citizens concerned with animal welfare. The shelter formed a partnership with the town of Ocean City, which exists to this day.

We are funded mainly by private donors, fundraisers, grants, and our thrift store. Worcester County does not provide any funding to us.

“Our mission is to provide compassionate sheltering with a focus on animal well-being while providing adoption services, low-cost spay/neuter & comprehensive humane programming for our community pets and the people who love them.”





WCHS focuses on optimizing pets’ health and welfare both within and beyond the walls of our organization. Adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccines, appropriate testing per species, and lifetime microchip registration. Our main goal is to stop animal overpopulation and put ourselves out of business. We are a source of support to our Worcester County community and operate a food pantry and low-cost spay & neuter clinic.

The Worcester County Humane Society (WCHS) is a registered 501 c 3 organization in good standing. We are a private, not-for-profit organization that serves the animals & citizens of Worcester County Maryland first & foremost. Contrary to popular belief, we are not a part of, nor funded by any national organization.



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