• 10th Annual Animal Fair

    The 10th Annual Animal Fair will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds.

    The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League’s Animal Fair is an annual festival attended by over 1,100 people and their pets.

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  • Pet Pantry Donations Needed

    The SMAWL Pet Food Pantry was established as a resource for needy families to acquire pet food and little for their pets during temporary financial difficulties in an effort to keep companion animals with their families.

    Donations are accepted at the PETCO stores in California, Prince Frederick, La Plata and Waldorf.

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logosource greenThe St. Mary's Animal Welfare League is a nonprofit, rescue organization that specializes in the rescue, care and placement of abused, neglected and homeless companion animals. Our animals are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and receive medical treatment before being placed in carefully selected homes. We strive to educate the community in areas of humane education and responsible pet ownership, as well as helping to control the pet overpopulation in our area by promoting the spaying and neutering of all companion animals.

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Featured Animals

  • Cody
  • Rusty
  • Jasmine
  • Blue

cody3What a beautiful boy I am !

What a beautiful boy I am ! My name is Cody and someone from SMAWL saw me DUMPED on the side of the road from a car ! It took a while but they finally caught me and I am at the shelter with lots of other kitties. I'd love to have a home of my own again. I like  attention but will let you know when I am finished.I like; to have my head rubbed; not so much near my tail. I don't like to be picked up, though. I'm kind of independent that way. I'm kind of a tough guy so I probably should not be in a family with small children.I get along with other cats;not sure about dogs though as SMAWL has never had me around them.

rusty3My name is Rusty and I am a gorgeous pittie/boxer mix !

I am 4 years old, neutered and up to date on my vaccines. I need to be the only dog in the home please. I've still got a lot of puppy in me and I like to play. I need a strong owner who will invest in some training for me. I'm smart and love people, but because of my size and playfulness I should be in a home with children over 15 years old and no cats. If you have the time and willingness to invest in me I'll be your loyal friend forever!

jasmine3Hi there ! I'm Jasmine...Jazzy for short.

I was on my second litter of kittens before SMAWL rescued me ! Now I am spayed and finished with raising kids ! I am a sweet girl, affectionate and quiet. I love to be brushed and to sit in the window. I have a bit of an independent streak in me, so I am not a lap cat. But I'm quiet and would make a great companion for the right person. I've had a hard life these first couple of years, so I'm looking to be someone's number 1 girl ! I'm just about perfect....can you find room for me?

Blue2Hi ! I'm Blue and I am a gorgeous Blue Tick Coonhound. I was rescued from a bad situation where I was chained outside to a dog house. I have adapted to indoor life VERY well. I am already house trained and crate trained. I walk pretty well on a leash and I am just about the sweetest, laid back guy you'll ever meet. I get along with other dogs and cats too. I'm 9 years young but I am in good health despite my hard life. I am looking for a place to retire where I am spoiled and can share my indoor home with you. I'd love to have someone who has time to spend with me, as I spent most of my life by myself. If you are interested in me please go to www.smawl.org and submit an online application. Given the nature of my breed we would prefer a fenced yard.



Your Memorial Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made via credit card through PayPal or via the mail.  




Contact Us

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


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New Volunteers Option!

Volunteering at our PETCO adoption events is now open to 16 year olds! (With Adult Supervision)

Click HERE for info!

Adoption Events

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday
10AM - 2PM at Petco in
California, MD

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

2013 Animal Fair Sponsors


  • Judy Fulir RE/MAX 100


  • The Dorsey Law Firm
  • Trails End Pet Sitting


  • ABC Liquor’s
  • BFF Pet Services
  • Chesapeake Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing
  • Taylor Gas Co.


  • The Armstrong Family – In Memory of “Curley the Dog Crook”
  • Judy Fullir - In Memory of "Grouch Fulir"

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