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Celebrating 100 Years

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Join the Humane Society of Washington County as we celebrate 100 years of helping animals in need!

The Humane Society of Washington County was founded on November 12, 1921 by Ms. Daisy Derby Whipple. At the time, she operated in a one-room building on what is now Wilson Boulevard and began with twelve animals in her care.

100 years later, the Humane Society of Washington County has grown into a progressive animal welfare organization that offers a plethora of services to the community and helps thousands of local animals every year. Join us as we celebrate a century of saving lives and prepare to accomplish even more in the next century.

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Join the Celebration


November 2021 will mark the start of a year-long fundraising campaign for the Humane Society of Washington County. Donate to our anniversary fundraising campaign and make a difference in the lives of animals in need.


Purchase a Limited-Edition Centennial Calendar

In honor of our 100th Anniversary, HSWC is excited to announce a limited-edition centennial calendar! The calendar features HSWC alumni and stories written by their adopters. Calendars have been discounted to $5 each and can be purchased at the shelter.


As we celebrate this important milestone in HSWC history, our Memorial Brick Campaign is back for a limited time only! Bricks are $150 for a 4”x8” or $250 for an 8”x8”. Visit the link above or the shelter to purchase your brick, or call Noel Cordell at 301-733-2060 ext. 212 for more information.


The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) announced the year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary. Officially established in 1921 by Ms. Daisy Derby Whipple, HSWC has been helping animals in Washington County ever since.


“A Century of Compassion” is a 13 minute film, proudly created in-house, that gives us deep gratitude as we reflect on how far we’ve come and look ahead to where we’re going.


Barrel Nation has released a limited edition bottle of Tumblin’ Dice in celebration of HSWC’s 100th Anniversary! The bottles of single barrel bourbon feature HSWC’s anniversary logo and two alumni, Peanut and Rocko.

Update: These commemorative bottles have sold out!

Schedule of Events


100th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration
November 3, 2021

HSWC kicked off its year-long 100th Anniversary celebration at the shelter on November 3, 2021. Community members, county commissioners, and State Senator Paul Corderman joined us as we launched our 100th Anniversary fundraising campaign with a time capsule ceremony. 


100th Anniversary Gala
November 13, 2021

HSWC hosted a gala at the Maryland Theatre for a celebration of HSWC’s 100th Anniversary! The evening included a cocktail hour and plated dinner by 28 South, drinks, dancing, live music by the Howard Burns Quartet featuring Madeline Miller, and the premiere of the 100th Anniversary Documentary.


Pallet Paint Night Fundraiser
April 20, 2022

HSWC partnered with Simply Stated Signs & Designs to host a Pallet Paint Night Fundraiser benefitting the shelter! Attendees enjoyed a fun night of painting home décor signs at Antietam Brewery.

Purchase a Special Bottle of Tumblin’ Dice


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From Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan

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