SMAWL Joins St. Mary’s College of Maryland Students

April 4, 2013

World Stray Animal DaySMAWL Joins St. Mary’s College of Maryland Students for St. Mary’s College Cares Campaign this April—National Volunteer Month

St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) is pleased to join St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the launch of St. Mary’s College Cares, a community-service campaign driven by the students of St. Mary’s College. The St. Mary’s College Cares campaign kicks off this April—National Volunteer Month.

SMAWL is one of several local organizations within St. Mary’s County helping the students of St. Mary’s College reach their goal to infuse 1,000 community-service hours into the county in an ambitious one-month span. On Saturday, April 6, St. Mary’s College students will help SMAWL by helping to care for homeless cats looking waiting for their forever homes at our Cat Castle located in the Callaway Village Shopping Center, 20845 Callaway Village Drive, Unit 2B, Callaway, Maryland 20620.

“SMAWL is looking forward to partnering with St. Mary’s College Cares,” said Katie Werner, President of SMAWL. “We are an all-volunteer organization that works with the care and rescue of companion animals in our community and the help of the students from St. Mary’s College is invaluable to the work we do. We hope this is the start of a partnership that will last for many years to come.”
“St. Mary’s College students are always reaching out to help better the St. Mary’s County community through volunteerism,” said St. Mary’s College student and volunteer Cassey Elder ’13. “With the St. Mary’s College Cares campaign, we aim to raise awareness of the vast efforts students put forth to help others outside of the college boundaries. We are thrilled to work with local organizations within the community and hope to inspire others to get involved.”

“We are passionate about service here at St. Mary’s College,” said Kelly Schroeder, St. Mary’s College assistant dean of students, in the college’s media release announcing the campaign. “Whether it is through events or volunteer activities, our students, faculty and staff are finding meaningful ways to plug into the community. The St. Mary’s College Cares campaign is an initiative, driven by our students, to shed light on these efforts and further promote ways in which we can help our neighbors and strengthen our local community.”

St. Mary's CollegeThe St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League is a nonprofit, rescue organization that specializes in the rescue, care and placement of abused, neglected and homeless companion animals. Our animals are vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and receive medical treatment before being placed in carefully selected homes. We strive to educate the community in areas of humane education and responsible pet ownership, as well as helping to control the pet overpopulation in our area by promoting the spaying and neutering of all companion animals. For additional information go to

About St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.

For more information please contact Contact: Katie Werner, SMAWL (301) 904-0332, or
Arminta Stanfield, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (240) 895-3073,


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