Medical Assistance Fund
Through this program, we will provide financial assistance to help Frederick County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center (FCAC) treat animals who arrive at the shelter ill or injured. Shelter animals need everything from dental cleanings and extractions to heartworm treatment to emergency abdominal surgery. Medical procedures like these and many others save lives, reduce pain and suffering, and reduce initial veterinary expenses for adopters.
Behavioral Assistance Fund
Some dogs arrive at the shelter improperly socialized with other dogs. Many dogs and cats show extreme fear toward humans, especially in the stressful shelter environment. Such animals tend to languish in the shelter for months, overlooked by adopters, while their behavior worsens and stress makes them more susceptible to illness. This program will help FCAC rehabilitate fearful and under-socialized animals and train high-energy, exuberant dogs, thereby promoting quicker adoptions and reducing the likelihood that the animal will later be returned to the shelter.
Pets Are Family Program
Many animals surrendered to the shelter are given up because of behavioral problems or because the owners are moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. Through this program, we will:
- provide vouchers to pet owners redeemable for free or discounted professional training/behavior assistance and
- develop and disseminate educational materials to help families resolve behavior problems and take their pets with them when they move.
FFOCAS plans to provide vouchers for low- or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries, redeemable at local veterinary clinics, to Frederick County residents.
Volunteer and Foster Recruitment and Supplemental Training
FFOCAS is helping the shelter by recruiting volunteers and foster care providers, with a focus on individuals who are able and willing to work with special needs animals.
FFOCAS will help the shelter implement the Asilomar Accords. The purpose of this program is to gauge the community's definitions of medical and behavioral issues that should be considered "treatable" or "manageable" and to aid the shelter in tracking its statistics over time. Read more about the Asilomar Accords here.