NEWS RELEASE: Animals rescued from poor conditions at non-profit facility in Columbia

Howard County Animal Control officers removed more than 100 animals from the Animal Welfare Society of Howard County (AWS), a non-profit organization in Columbia, after receiving a tip about poor conditions inside the facility.

A concerned citizen contacted the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center May 9 and reported that there was overcrowding, foul odor and a lack of cleanliness at AWS, located in the 8500 block of Davis Road. Animal Control officers acted on the complaint today, visited the facility and found the animals in unacceptable conditions. They entered AWS with a search and seizure warrant and found cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. Many appeared to be in poor health.

The animals were moved to the county’s Animal Control facility to receive veterinary evaluations and care. The total number of animals has not yet been confirmed. Once the animals have been evaluated, Animal Control will determine which ones are healthy enough to be adopted.

Donations are being accepted to assist with the care of the animals, including monetary contributions, food and bedding. They can be dropped off at the county’s Animal Control facility at 8576 Davis Road in Columbia.

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Here is some additional information about the Animal Welfare Society of Howard County (AWS) via their website:

Back in 1944, Marie Werking founded the Animal Welfare Society as Howard County’s first incorporated animal shelter, with a mission to rescue and care for animals. In 1951, The Animal Welfare Society became an IRS 501c, which allows us to accept tax deductible donations. We have kept Werking’s vision alive for well over 70 years now. It’s taken a lot of love, hard work and dedication, but the animals make every day a joy for us!

We have various breeds of dogs, cats, and small animals that are able to proudly call the AWS home. We provide exceptional, individual, loving care to each and every one of our pets daily. This is a no-kill shelter, for we believe in providing love and an opportunity to everyone.

Scott E

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