BERLIN — Worcester County Humane Society has been awarded a grant from Grammy-winning country singer-song writer Miranda Lambert and the MuttNation Foundation.
Lambert and her mother, Bev, co-founded MuttNation Foundation (MNF) 10 years ago as a result of their love of their pets and a desire to help end animal homelessness, neglect, abuse and abandonment and increase adoptions of shelter animals. In 2013, in an effort to lend a financial hand to shelters across America, MNF created Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters. Through this campaign, every year, one animal shelter from every state is chosen to receive a minimum of $3,000 to help with the care of the shelter animals. MuttNation Board of Directors and staff spent well over 100 hours sifting through shelters in all 50 states in order to choose those who most closely align with MNF philosophies.
This year, Worcester County Humane Society was selected for the state of Maryland. Selection criteria is based on many elements such as adoption rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility, fundraising and others.
“We were surprised and thrilled to receive this gift,” said Kelly Austin, WCHS President of the Board. “This is not a grant that can be applied for so it feels good that out of all the shelters in Maryland, our little shelter in Worcester County stood out to the MuttNation Foundation. Our staff and volunteers do an amazing job and it’s nice for the shelter to have this recognition mostly due in part to their hard work.”