‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at animal shelter

OAKLAND — The Garrett County Animal Shelter and Garrett County Humane Society are featuring four “Adorable Adoptables” this week.

Jason is a lively 1 1/2-year-old beagle who was given up by his owner.

“He will need some attention,” noted Lisa Baker, GCHS president.

Robin is a female longhaired orange tabby who was picked up as a stray in Oakland.

“She is very pretty and friendly,” Baker said.

Mickey is a young gray/white male tabby who was picked up in Lonaconing; and Cinnamon is a shy, spayed orange tabby who was given up by her owner.

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‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at county animal shelter

OAKLAND — Among the “Adorable Adoptables” currently housed at the Garrett County Animal Shelter are four felines named Jack, Miss Kitty, Moe and Melissa.

Jack is a large neutered black and white male who was picked up as a stray in Oakland.

“Is he yours?” asked Lisa Baker, Garrett County Humane Society president.

Miss Kitty is an older spayed longhaired white feline who was given up by her owner.

Moe is a friendly 8-month-old male black stray.

“Melissa is a sweet brown tabby who had kittens of her own,” Baker said. “She also fostered some motherless kittens. Now she needs a home.”

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‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at Garrett County Animal Shelter

OAKLAND — Numerous “Adorable Adoptable” felines are housed at the Garrett County Animal Shelter this week. They include Debbie, Jenny and Louise.

Debbie, who was given up by her owner, is white with black markings. She is friendly, according to Liz Gibbons, one of the shelter’s animal control officers.

She describes Jenny, a gray tabby who was found in Oakland, as being “very friendly, as well.”

Louise is a black and white tuxedo who was found along Gorman Road.

For more information about these and other cats, as well as dogs, at the shelter, persons are invited to call 301-334-3553.

Located along Oakland Sang Run Road, the county-operated facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales Raises Money for Local Animal Charity

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is a leading vacation rental and real estate firm located in McHenry, MD. With a strong commitment to the local community, their team is involved in a wide variety of charitable activities through sponsorship, donations and volunteer work throughout the year.

In May of 2017, Taylor-Made owners and members of the Deep Creek Lake real estate team broke out their bartending skills to host a Guest Bartender Night at JG’s Pub to benefit HART for Animals, a local non-profit with a mission to improve the condition of animals in Western Maryland. Their adoption center has become a model for compassionate animal rescue.

Lots of members of the Taylor-Made Deep Creek staff were on hand as servers or to help with the silent auction and raffles. The company has partnered with Kate and Fred Collins, JG’s Pub owners, on this event for over ten years. They are always happy to roll up their sleeves for HART for Animals. The event was a huge success raising over $2,300.

Later that month, staff stepped-up to support the Adopt-A-Road program in Garrett County. Members of every department at Taylor-Made volunteered their time to pick up litter prior to the busy summer season on the four “adopted” roads.

“A strong commitment to community plays a key role in our company culture,” stated Jodi Taylor Refosco, Owner. “It strengthens our team and benefits the Deep Creek Lake area as a whole.”

Taylor-Made is family owned and operated by Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother Chad Taylor. Betsy Spiker Holcomb and Jay Ferguson are co-owners of the real estate company that was started in 2014.

With over 370 homes, Taylor-Made is the largest vacation rental management company at Deep Creek Lake. Their sister Deep Creek Lake real estate company has become the fastest growing brokerage in the area in recent years.

About Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales has become a frontrunner in Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals, real estate, and property services. Taylor-Made rental homes and sales listings are conveniently located within a few hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.


Black Tie & Tails Gala Benefiting HART’s Adoption Wing

A benefit for the HART Animal Center Adoption Wing

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 ~ 6:30 PM


It’s time to dress up and partake in a fabulous evening while supporting our mission to help save the lives of homeless animals in Western Maryland!

Please join our Honorary Chairs, Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan and Mrs. Patricia Kirwan at this very special gala to help raise funds for our adoptable animals.

The Kirwans support of Garrett County and love for animals is recognized on the HART building: “the Patricia H. Kirwan Center.” The special bond with animals led Patty to become an active supporter of the HART Animal Center.

Hors doeuvres, sit-down dinner with a choice of entrees, dancing, and auction!

Tickets are $100 per person (cash bar). Tables of eight are available.

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Deep Creek's Got Talent at Honi Honi Bar

deep-creeks-got-talentBenefits HART for Animals

The Honi-Honi Bar is proud to present our 6th Annual Deep Creek’s Got Talent! fundraiser event on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at the Honi-Honi Bar.  Last year, through the generosity and support of contestants, sponsors, and local businesses, we were able to raise over $13,000, for the Dove Center of Garrett County.  Over the past five years, through the generosity and support of contestants, sponsors, businesses and the community, Deep Creek’s Got Talent! has raised more than $68,000 for local charities and organizations.

This year, we are very excited to announce our support to HART for Animals.  HART for Animals’ mission is to save the lives of adoptable animals through rescue and transport to areas where they will have a better chance of being adopted; reducing pet overpopulation through low-cost spaying and neutering; and building a humane and friendly animal adoption center where adoptable animals will never have to be euthanized.  Since the Spay/Neuter clinic opened in 2009, HART has spayed and neutered 3,200 animals, and in 2012, 512 animals were rescued through transports.  HART recently opened “Pick of the Litter” Thrift Shop and added Wellness Packages at the Spay/Neuter Clinic.  HART for Animals Center will open this summer on Bumble Bee Road.

HART Fundraiser Held On DCL

May. 16, 2013

“Paddling for Paws” was held at Deep Creek Lake State Park on Saturday. Hosted by Wisp Resort and organized by Michael Valach, director of Wisp Outdoors, the event attracted 20 paddleboarders, who competed in 5K and 10K races. A portion of the paid entries and additional donations totaling $200 benefited HART for Animals Inc. In addition to being a fundraiser, the event also brought exposure to the fairly new sport of paddleboarding. “This is the first year of what promises to become a very popular watersport at Deep Creek Lake,” said HART executive director Paula Yudelevit. High Mountain Sports, Wisp Resort, and Savage River Stand Up sponsored the competition. HART is a charitable animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in western Maryland. HART is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on the organization, the HART Spay/Neuter Clinic, or any of its programs, or to donate to the capital fund campaign for the HART Animal Center along Bumble Bee Road, persons may visit hartforanimals.org.

HART to take bids for site

Garrett rescue shelter phase I expected to cost $2.2M

Elaine Blaisdell Cumberland Times-News

MCHENRY — A Garrett County animal rescue shelter, HART for Animals, is accepting bids for phase I of construction for a state-of-the-art, 12,000-square-foot facility to be located on Bumble Bee Road.

Phase I of the Homeless Animal Rescue and Transport for Animals facility will consist of a veterinary clinic,  a boarding spa, a reception area and a small store.

The total cost of construction for phase I is an estimated $2.2 million with construction to be completed in midsummer, according to Michael Pellet, president of HART.

Phase II will consist of an adoption center and will begin once phase I is completed. The entire project is expected to be completed sometime this year, according to Pellet.

“It (the adoption center) is very important to the county. It will relieve pressure on the Garrett County Animal Shelter, which currently receives 1,200 to 1,500 (animals) a year but only has enough space for 40 animals,” said Pellet, who added that the project will create 35 jobs for the county. “HART provides education to the general public about the humane treatment of animals. Our goal is to improve the lives of domestic animals in the county.”

In 2011, HART held its groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of construction. The site has been cleared and the foundation for the veterinary clinic, reception area and boarding spa has been completed.

The veterinary clinic will provide a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for low-income individuals, and the boarding spa will contain a grooming area, according to Pellet.

The project is being done through fundraisers and grants. So far, close to $600,000 has been raised and a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan has been received for overall construction of the project, according to Pellet. HART also received a $10,600 USDA grant and a $3,300 Economic Impact Initiative grant, according to a HART newsletter.

“One hundred percent of funds raised will go toward the building,” said Pellet.

Fundraising events include the Deep Creek Arts and Wine festival, which is the biggest fundraiser, and monthly poker tournaments and other activities, according to Pellet.

Money garnered from the operations at the facility, as well as money from continuing fundraisers, will go toward funding the adoption center. The adoption center will have the capacity to house 60 dogs, 30 puppies, 40 cats, plus multiple kittens, according to Pellet.

HART works with the Garrett County Animal Shelter to save the lives of homeless pets that would otherwise be euthanized.

To prevent the spread of disease, HART vaccinates all puppies and kittens received at the county shelter, according to the HART website.

Since its founding, HART has been transporting adoptable animals to animal shelters throughout the mid-Atlantic and on average has saved 600 animals per year from being euthanized, according to Pellet.

In November 2007, Garrett County commissioners agreed to donate the land on Bumble Bee Road, according to the HART website.

HART for Animals, which is nonprofit, was founded in 2003 by Caroline Robison and Candy DeGiovanni and in August of that year the IRS granted the organization its tax-exempt status.

Sealed bids for Phase I construction will be received by Pellet at the HART office located on 610 Foy Road until noon on March 5. Copies of contract documents for the project may be obtained at the office of Stoiber & Associates located on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C.

For more information on HART, visit www.hartforanimals.org.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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