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About Us

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Our History

The Worcester County Humane Society was formed in 1976 by a group of citizens concerned with animal welfare. A no kill shelter from the start, the founders were well ahead of their time, when most animal organizations were kill shelters (many still are). The shelter formed a partnership with the town of Ocean City, which exists to this day. Ocean City generously provides our building, electricity, trash collection, and a small yearly operations grant.

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

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.

The Worcester County Humane Society (WCHS) is a registered 501c3 organization in good standing. We are a private, not-for-profit organization which serves the animals and citizens of Worcester County Maryland first and foremost. Contrary to popular belief, we are not a part of, nor funded by, any national organization. We receive no funding, assistance, or support from Worcester County either.