• Car Raffle to Benefit SMAWL!

    Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate our 25th Anniversary - without your support it could never have happened! Despite our active campaigning and complete support from many of you, local businesses and especially Toyota of Southern Maryland – our vehicle sponsor, our car raffle sales did not reach required purchase levels and is therefore, a 50/50 raffle drawing was held, per the posted rules.

    The winner of the 50/50 will receive $3,490.00!!! Congratulations to Bear Mouat our 50/50 raffle winner!

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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

  • Blue
  • Cody
  • Rusty
  • Smokey

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.

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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.

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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!

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smokeySmokey and her sisters Apple and Spot were taken in by SMAWL as kittens. As you can see from the picture, she was ear tipped when she was spayed to signify that she was originally part of a feral colony. She is NOT feral, just very shy. SMAWL has had all 3 of them for 8 years and they have never had a home of their own.

"I am very shy at first-I might take a while to get used to a home, as I've never been in a real home of my own! But once I am comfortable, I'm yours for life! I love to play with the laser light and I love to be brushed too! Looking for a companion? Then I'm your girl !"

She has been in a foster home for a few months now and at first it took a while for Smokey to come out of hiding, she loves being part of her foster family now!! She will climb up in her foster moms lap for cuddles and adores belonging to a family. She gets along well with kids, other cats and a big dog.

If you have the patience to allow her to adjust to your family on her terms, once she trusts you, you will have a wonderful companion.

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Available Pets



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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.

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Contact Us

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

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Adoption Events

Every 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.

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs

2015 Animal Fair Sponsors


  • All Kinds Veterinary Hospital
  • The Dorsey Law Firm
  • Indian Bridge Kennels & Suites, Inc.
  • Toyota of Southern Maryland



  • Breton Veterinary Hospital
  • David Smith Consulting, LLC
  • Trails End Pet Sitting, LLC


  • ABC Liquors
  • AM Pierce
  • The BayNet.com
  • BFF Pet Services
  • BKC Enterprises
  • Checkers Restaurants of California and Lexington Park
  • Chesapeake Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing
  • Chesapeake Pet Resort & Day Spa
  • Dang Dirty Dog Pet Spa
  • Hilltop Signs & Graphics
  • Lisa Horton
  • Three Notch Veterinary Hospital
  • Tree Frog, LLC
  • Trophies by Design