Chesapeake Cats and Dogs: A life of love and dignity for all animals

Announcing… our future: the Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary!


  • We were featured on ABC2′s IN FOCUS program on July 30th! Please CLICK HERE to watch the coverage.

Chesapeake Cats and Dogs has been serving our community for nearly 10 years. Now it’s time to for us to GROW! We are working to turn this c.1900 farmhouse into the Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary that will help us expand to fill the ever-growing needs of our community. The creation of this Sanctuary will enable us to provide a safe haven for people’s pets when they are unable to provide it themselves, without the fear that the pet will be euthanized, until such time as the pet can be re-homed with a loving family.

We are excited to report that the Indiegogo fundraising campaign for the new Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary behind Chesapeake College is up and running! Please CLICK HERE to help us reach our goal!

We are already halfway to the first goal of $75,000, which will be used for a down payment and repairs to the property. For a visual tour of the property, please click here. Also, please share our campaign on your Facebook page to help us get the word out!! You can cut and paste this link in emails and such: Please also print and distribute this flyer: click here to download.

THANK YOU to those who have already donated!

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Announcing our August Pets of the Month:

Handsome male cat with brown tabby markings and white patches. He is sitting calmly on a perch and gazing at you with his bright green eyes. Small terrier mix wearing a bright blue harness and rolling over for attention
Tiny chihuahua gnawing on a bone
Young Adult male

Theo was given up by his family when they could no longer keep him. He is a sweet little boy about 2 years old who just loves to cuddle and be held. He gets along with other cats and loves to play with his toys and laser light. This loving boy is hoping to find his “forever home” soon.

Bonded 4 year old pair; male terrier mix and female chihuahua

Trooper is a tiny, 4-year-old terrier looking for a new home. Kadence is a sweet, lovable chihuahua who is 4 years old, spayed, and up-to-date on her shots. They are very bonded, and we would like them to find a home together.

Please print and distribute the following flyers to local establishments so that THEO and TROOPER & KADENCE can find their forever homes this month: Cat of the Month flyer, Dog of the Month flyer.

Casey Curry, YOU are AMAZING!

fadie-thank_youOne of our “young” supporters, Casey Curry, was in a National Pageant this past week in Orlando, Florida. One of the optional contests that she participated in was called “spokesmodel”. This is when they give a speech on something they are passionate about or a “hot” topic. Casey chose to write talk about what was very near and dear to her. This was her speech:

“Did you know that only one out of every 10 dogs will ever find a permanent home? In fact, homeless animals outweigh homeless people by 5 to 1. And each year, 2.7 million cats and dogs are killed because shelters are just too full and there are not enough adoptive homes.

As a future veterinarian myself, this is a sad reality that I am working to change.

I currently volunteer with Chesapeake Cats and Dogs, an active no-kill shelter that has helped find forever homes for over 2000 animals since 2006.

Today, I hope to inspire you to take action. Bring home a new furry friend to your family…just like my family and I did, when we adopted Luke and Bo, our loving cocker spaniels!

There is no time like the present – love and be loved – adopt today!”


Congratulations, Casey! You are AMAZING, and we thank so much for getting the word out about our organization and the importance of animal rescue!

Summer Bingo was a WINNER!

Bingo Flyer [Summer]-page-001THANK YOU to all who helped make our Summer Basket & Bag Bingo such a success!

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MABEL and WHISKERS are our July Pets of the Month!

Stunning black & white cat with moss green eyes Black lab mix relaxing on a porch with her bright pink tongue hanging out
Adult female

Whiskers is about 2 or 3 years old and was picked up as a stray. Before coming to Chesapeake Cats and Dogs, she was living in a barn with her brothers and sisters. Although she can be somewhat shy, she enjoys being petted and cuddled, and she would love to find a person to hang out with! She is very affectionate with people she’s befriended, meowing for attention whenever her human buddy comes close. She would do best in a home with other cats, as she has several feline friends in our adoption center.

Adult female black Lab mix

It was a Saturday and Mabel was scheduled to be euthanized at a high kill shelter the next Tuesday. This sweet girl has settled in beautifully with her foster canines and already has learned sit for a cookie! Mabel is about 2 years young and a beautiful shiny black Lab/mix. She is shy at first but warms up very quickly and loves to give soft kisses.

Please print and distribute the following flyers to local establishments so that WHISKERS and MABEL can find their forever homes this month: Cat of the Month flyer, Dog of the Month flyer.

Before & After: Some Pawtastic Happy Tails

Absolutely the BEST part of our job as a rescue is when an animal gets adopted into their forever home. It is why we work so hard! Please click here for more happy tails!


Tigger went to his “loving furever home” on June 16th. His new dad was so very excited and had new beds, perch, etc. all ready for Tigger. Tigger came to us in 2013 from Caroline County Humane Society and is about 7 years old. He loves to be petted and will purr and purr when getting love and attention. His dad is looking forward to giving him all of that love and attention. Here is what his new “dad” has to say about Tigger:

“Tigger is doing amazing. It is like he has always lived here and that I’ve always been his human. From both of us—Thank you for the work that you do which brought us together.”

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Brittney was found in 2008, a kitten playing in the ashes of a bonfire. She was adopted, and then returned because they got a dog that they preferred more. She spent many months in our adoption center, hoping someone would notice her big capacity for affection and bring her home. Her dream came true on Valentine’s Day, 2015. In her new home, Brittney is “only child” and has the run of the house! She also loves cuddling with her new owner and sleeping in her favorite chair.



Cheddar was found injured on our doorstep in mid-July, 2014 (click here for details). He went to the emergency clinic in Annapolis, where they performed emergency surgery to amputate his mangled tail. He spent many weeks recovering in a foster home before he was ready for adoption. The loss of his tail never slowed him down—he was a loving, playful kitten who was very much missed by his foster family… because Cheddar went to his forever home in August, 2014. Here is what his new family has to say about Cheddar:

“This naughty cat has more then stole my heart! I thank CCAD almost daily for the rescue, time and money they put out to save him! My Cheddar man is such a character and a bit of a brat but he is the sweetest cat when he is feeling snuggly!! Again I cannot thank you guys enough for bringing him to us.”

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Tuffy came to our adoption center in April of 2009. She was a small, terrified kitten who spent all of her time hiding. In time, she befriended a great big male cat named Chester. This friendship caught the attention of one of our volunteers, who made it her mission to help Tuffy get past her fear of people. After months of slow progress, the volunteer was able to touch Tuffy for the first time. Eventually, Tuffy even allowed the volunteer to pick her up and put her on her lap.

In 2014, this volunteer unexpectedly lost one of her cats to intestinal lymphoma. A few weeks later, she and her husband brought Tuffy–now Emily (after Emily Dickinson)–home. Emily once again has a feline best friend; his name is Snowcrash. But now, she has human best friends, too. She sleeps in their bed every night and jumps up on their laps when they watch TV, purring non-stop.


Pasta for Paws was Pawtastic!

Thank you to all the individuals who volunteered, attended, or otherwise helped make Pasta for Paws on Saturday night a success! A very special thank you to the local businesses who donated items for this event: Giolitti Deli & Catering​, Fields Of Heather Bakery, L&L Liquors, Bev’s Grooming​, TNT Jewelers​, Island Flowers & Flavors​, and Paula’s Fine Jewelry​!

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