NEW Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop!

NEW Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop!

HART for Animals has opened a new thrift shop at McHenry Plaza! Sales from the thrift store will benefit homeless animals in Garrett County through the non-profit organization, HART. The store accepts domations during their regular store hours. They are in search of housewares, lawn and garden items, baby furniture, children’s toys, small applicances, pet toys and accessories, and other household items other than clothing.

HART volunteers staff the new thrift store. If you are interested in volunteer positions, please call 301-387-SPAY (7729) or email

“Pick of the Litter” Thrift Shop hours of operation are Fridays, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays, Noon to 5 pm.

Help us support this local worthy cause by volunteering your time or donating household items.

“Have a HART” Guest Bartender Nights

“Have a HART” Guest Bartender Nights

“Have a HART” Guest Bartender Night (formerly PAWS “Passion for Pets”) continues this year at three locations in the Deep Creek Lake area, all to benefit HART for Animals’ SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program). Locals become bartenders from 6:00-9:00 PM at the following locations: JG’s Pub on May 8,The Harbor Bar at Dutch’s on May 23 and Black Bear Tavern on June 19, donating their tips to the cause. Raffles, giveaways, and entertainment will round out each of the evenings.

Partners for Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) and HART for Animals have joined forces to continue efforts to save homeless animals in Garrett County and the surrounding area. For the past three years, PAWS has partnered with HART to provide spay/neuter assistance by giving discount vouchers to eligible pet owners in the community. HART will continue the PAWS SNAP and provide spay/neuter vouchers to those who qualify. Funding for the program will be raised through events, such as “Have a HART” Guest Bartender Nights.

Dog Friendly Summer Events at Deep Creek Lake!

Dog Friendly Summer Events at Deep Creek Lake!

Date: May 11, 2013
Location: Wisp Resort

Event : Paddling For Paws Paddleboard Race
Time: 9am
Location: Deep Creek Lake State Park

Classes & Fee
Childrens Race – Free Admission
5K or 10K – $45 event fee (pre-registration)
– Onsite day of event- $55 event fee –

5 K race – under 12.6
5 K race – 12.6
5 K race 14
10K race under 12.6
10K race 12.6
10K race 14
10K race legends(50+) open

Eastern Regional Championships
McHenry MD 2013 

06/27/2013 – 06/30/2013
Hosted by: DockDogs Worldwide  |  National Sportsmen’s Series

DockDogs is a fun, performance sport for dogs.  DockDogs Events are held Regionally, Nationally and Internationally.  Most DockDogs Competitions are comprised of four contests;  ‘BIG AIR’, ‘EXTREME VERTICAL’ (EV), ‘SPEED RETRIEVE’ and ‘IRON DOG’.  Anyone can come out, register his or her dog and have a good time.  We will track every official jump of all competitors in all our events.  Handlers must be 7 years of age or older and able to control their pet safely.  DockDogs events are not limited to certain breeds. Any breed, from the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane is welcome.
Any breed…any size…6-months or older.

Event DetailsEvent Format
Outdoor Big Air®, Extreme Vertical™ & Speed Retrieve™, Iron Dog

Deep Creek Weekend Rentals … Especially for Dogs

Deep Creek Weekend Rentals … Especially for Dogs

It’s officially spring! Now is a great time to plan a spring getaway for the whole family- even the dog!

Deep Creek Lake has lots to offer your four-legged friend during the spring months. With several large state parks in the area all offering dog friendly hiking trails, you and your dog can enjoy the great outdoors! One of our favorite pet friendly hikes is the 5½ mile trail at Swallow Falls State Park. Your pet may even feel inclined to splash around at Muddy Creek Falls.

As the weather continues to warm up, a variety of local restaurants and bars allow for dogs in their outdoor seating areas. So if you just feel like relaxing over a nice meal, your dog can also enjoy the fresh air.
Visitors can rent a dog friendly boat from Silver Tree Marina and tour around the lake. Before venturing out, be sure that your pet is comfortable riding in a boat. Some dogs need time to get their “sea legs.”

Whatever outdoor activities you choose to enjoy with your pet, Railey has some great spring savings on our dog friendly rental properties now through May 15th. Receive three nights for the price of two and up to $800 off your reservation!*

*Restrictions apply. Participating properties only, not combinable with other discounts/promotions and is not retroactive, dates are subject to change, not valid on holidays

Winter fun with your dog at Deep Creek Lake!

Winter fun with your dog at Deep Creek Lake!

When it’s time for a winter weekend away there is no need to leave your dog behind! Book your dog friendly deep creek lake rental today and take advantage of our ski free stay free package and receive three nights for the price of two on your rental home and lift tickets.*

Although you can’t bring your dog out on the slopes check out the state park page for a great attraction you and your dog are welcome to visit any time of year! Don’t forget to keep a few things in mind when it comes to the cold temperatures though: dogs can lose their sent quickly in the snow so make sure to keep your pooch on a leash at all times and wipe your pets down after being out in the snow to prevent them from ingesting salt and other potentially dangerous chemicals.

Come enjoy all that Deep Creek Lake has to offer this winter with the whole family!


*Participating properties only, not valid during holidays, not combinable with other discounts/promotions and is not retroactive.

Need a Vacation?

Need a Vacation?

In need of a vacation? Plan your Deep Creek getaway today! Now through December 14th receive 3 nights for the price of 2 on select homes!*

Don’t forget to keep these ASPCA Car travel tips in mind!

1.    Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S., it’s smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

2.    Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.

3.    Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.

4.    Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5.    What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

6.    Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

7.    Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. And please keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

8.    Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.

9.    When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

10.    If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

*Participating properties only, not valid during holidays, not combinable with other discounts/promotions and is not retroactive.

Tips for Pet Owners this Halloween

Tips for Pet Owners this Halloween

Your pet may not know it, but it’s almost that time of year again – dress up day, or as we humans call it, Halloween. There seems to be a rising trend among pet owners to bring the family pet in on the fun. From superheros to princesses, the transformations can be hysterical. A Boston Terrier Chia Pet? A Chihuahua diva? According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $370 million this year to dress up their four-legged friends this Halloween. That’s up $40 million over last year.


If you plan to outfit your furry friend this year, keep a few things in mind:

  • Before the big day, let your pet wear his or her costume for short periods of time to get used to it. Make any adjustments to elastics, ties, loose pieces or restrictive parts ahead of time.
  • Don’t leave your pet unattended while wearing his or her costume. Some animals are not comfortable with any clothing touching them. They may become stressed and chew their costume. Ingested pieces can lead to choking or stomach upset.
  • Be aware of your pet’s mood, he or she night not be up for all the excitement on the 31st. Some pets would rather stay home and nap while leaving the trick or treating to you.
  • And remember, no candy or chocolate! It can be toxic to your pet. For more information on how to keep your pet safe this Halloween, the ASPCA has a list of the Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents.

And don’t forget to take pictures! Here’s one of our very own Fletcher and Roscoe.

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