Calvert Humane Society Rescues Animals

Volunteers from the Humane Society of Calvert County returned last Sunday from Tylertown, Miss., with 20 dogs and a hamster named Hampton that they rescued.

Abby Bell Mills and her husband, Matt Mills; Mark Harding and his daughter Aubrey; and Angela Bentley made the trip for the Humane Society. Also on the trip were Last Chance Animal Rescue's Cindy Sharpley and Robin Blum , who returned with 10 cats and three dogs from Hattiesburg, Miss.

When they arrived in Prince Frederick, volunteer veterinarians including Harold Schmeiser, Alison Key and Laurie Giles provided vaccines and medical exams. Other volunteers worked with the dogs, cleaning their ears, trimming nails and filling out paperwork for each.

Each dog will be held in a foster home for up to three months so their owners will have time to search for them. The dogs were all photographed and will be placed on a national Web site in hopes of reuniting them with their owners. They can be seen by visiting www.calvertcountyhumanesociety.org.

The Humane Society of Calvert County needs financial donations to help with the care of these animals. Society officials said they expect to receive more animal evacuees in the coming weeks and will need more foster homes. Call Sally Lounsbury at 410-257-5866 or visit www.calvertcountyhumanesociety.org for more information.

Last Chance Rescue can be reached at 301-274-9409.

La Plata Donates Police Cars to Biloxi

La Plata is donating three refurbished police cars to Biloxi, Miss.

The cruisers, all 2002 Ford Crown Victoria models, have full police equipment, Michelle Miner, La Plata's director of community development, said in a statement.

Local businesses helped with refurbishing the cars, including Martin's service station and Shorty's signs. The cars were sent to Mississippi on Wednesday aboard a flatbed truck furnished by G&G Towing and Recovery of Southern Maryland.

Volunteers Urged to Take Precautions

St. Mary's County health officials are advising local volunteers to take preventive health measures before going to the Gulf Coast to assist with recovery efforts.

Before leaving, volunteers should be vaccinated, obtain needed medications, and learn preventive health and safety precautions, the St. Mary's Health Department advised in a statement. Officials recommended receiving vaccinations at least two weeks in advance of departure, to allow the immunizations time to become effective.

Volunteers traveling to affected areas should contact their primary care provider. In addition, the St. Mary's County Health Department is offering appointments on Mondays to volunteers going to hurricane-stricken areas.

To make an appointment with the Health Department or for more information, call John Boyles at 301-475-4330.

Chesapeake Water Offers Services

Chesapeake Water Association, suppliers of water to more than 10,000 residents of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates community in Lusby, has offered its services in rebuilding communities affected by by the hurricane.

The Lusby water company has joined forces with other members of the Maryland Rural Water Association and the National Rural Water Association in this effort.

"What the devastated communities in the Southeast need at this time are a high degree of technical expertise and the resources that groups like CWA can offer," said Mike Keegan of the national group. "By having these rural water associations pool their resources, they can provide a great deal of assistance in rebuilding efforts."