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2018 Pet Fair

  • icon 2018 Pet Fair



Cubby (fka Chubby) was originally adopted from SMAWL back in 2007 and is a 9 year old DMH Buff Declawed neutered Male.

On the 18th of December 2014 SMAWL received a phone call from the Hobart (Indiana) Humane Society letting us know that through our microchip, a cat named Chubby was traced back to us. He had been turned in as a stray on the 11th of December. Attempts to contact his adopter were unsuccessful.

We are blessed with a lot of devoted and loving volunteers, 2 of them decided it was time for a road trip, and they made the trip all the way to Indiana to get our boy back!! A special thank you to Zorn & Anita Sliman for bringing Chubby back to us.

Poor Cubby (we removed the H- since he really isn't chubby anymore) was also declawed!

Cubby was so matted when we got him back, that he had to be shaved. He is very good natured, and tolerated being dressed up by our volunteers!

 His adventuring days are over and after a short time in foster care, Cubby was adopted and is living the good life as all cats should.  






In 2007 SMAWL had an adorable Beagle puppy named Hogan who was quickly adopted to what he thought was his furever home. Unfortunately this was not to be and he came back to SMAWL in the fall of 2014 with a new name - Buddy.

He was now 7 years old and starting to show some age. Despite looking for a new furever home, Buddy just wasn't sure he'd ever find that perfect family. :-( He went to adoption events, and even asked Santa to help him out - to no avail...

He adapted to life with his foster mom and his foster brothers (Rudy, Sonic and Captain Jack Sparrow). He LOVED a good game of catch!

Then on May 9th SMAWL had it's 11th Annual Animal Fair at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds. Buddy went with the hope of finding that perfect family. He marched in the All-Animal Pet Parade, went to the Blessing of the Pets and he and his foster mom entered the ever favorite Woof-It Down Contest. He won in his weight group! Could you expect anything else from a hound?!!?

Something very special happened at Animal Fair - he met the Meyer family, who had been looking for that perfect family member for about two years. They took their time, and Buddy is so glad they did...

Buddy took his freedom ride to his new furever home. He even has a big sister to play with. She so wanted to stay home from school today to meet him, but she more than made up for it when she got home.




I had been the worry of many people traveling Route 235 who saw me in traffic, reported that I had possibly been hit, and saw me dumped from a truck. So I lived in the woods and on the run for a while, trying to find love, warmth and compassion. A nice man rescued me when I was young who had a hard time with me so he had to rehome me. My rescuers think that person then dumped me. This means I've had at least three humans in my short life here. I had some separation anxiety, does that surprise you given my story? The animal lovers who have been so worried for me started a Go Fund Me page when they thought I was 'Apollo' - a boy, to purchase a large enough humane trap, and set up a deer camera to help capture me and bring me to safety. Silly humans, I'm a girl and my name is Ari. Many humans cared enough to report sightings of me continuously on this thing called Facebook that helps dogs like me. Two really great ladies, one who works at a shelter and another one who knows how to trap, caught me and contacted SMAWL. SMAWL and Dr. Autumn at All Kinds took care of me. They made sure I wasn't injured (thank goodness I'm not), they took care of my ticks and fleas, and they let me spend the night at their house where it was warm and full of nice people. My foster mom brought me home. I met three new fur-friends, an aunt and uncle, and took a bath. Oh yeah, and learned what spoiled is. She says I'm special and that a lot of people love me. Ari found the perfect home and is living a wonderful life!

Bubbles & Birdie



Bubbles (fka Melinda) was rescued from a hoarding case of 57 cats out of Calvert. She found herself at TCAS and she was about a day from being labeled as a barn cat when she had a 180 degree personality turnaround.  She was the last of the group to be pulled from TCAS.

Birdie (fka Sheba), was pulled from TCAS as a pregnant mama, practically a kitten herself. She was a wonderful mama to her babies.

Thank goodness all were saved!


Birdie and Bubbles have become somewhat of local celebrities and ambassadors for shelter cats! They now live a great life at Wild Birds Unlimited in Lexington Park. They greet customers with lots of purrs and love.