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Charles County Pets on Wheels
9274 Rollingwood Drive
Pomfret, MD 20675
(301) 392-0155

Program Director:
Michael Capps

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Charles County Pets on Wheels was founded in June of 1996. The goal of Charles County Pets on Wheels is to arrange for volunteers and their pets to visit residents of nursing homes and provide "pet facility therapy". However, our emphasis is on serving patients who have been unresponsive to on going activities. Many of these patients have impaired cognitive abilities due to senility or Alzheimer's disease and react to animals with more awareness than to people around them.

Eager volunteers and nursing home staff have come to the conclusion that even the most depressed and withdrawn residents will eventually respond to an animal's attention. Some residents are waiting for the pet to appear at the appointed time and are extremely disappointed if, for some reason, the team is unable to visit. A visit by a pet team relieves the boredom, which many residents face each day, particularly those who are unable to leave their beds or rooms to participate in other activities. Nursing home staff report that many depressed and uncommunicative residents have become enthusiastic and talkative in the presence of an animal.

Homes We Visit

Charles County Nursing Home
10200 La Plata Road
La Plata MD 20646
(301) 870-3667

Genesis Elder Care
1 Magnolia Drive
La Plata MD 20646
(301) 870-3125

Waldorf Health Care Center
4140 Old Washington Road
Waldorf MD 20602
(301) 645-2813

Morningside House of St Charles
70 Village Street
Waldorf MD 20602
(301) 645-2776

Civista Hospital - Transitional Care Unit
701 East Charles Street
La Plata MD 20646
(301) 609-4050

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
29449 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall MD 20622
(301) 884-8171

Bayside Care Center
21412 Great Mills Road
Lexington Park MD 20653

RICA of Southern Maryland
9400 Surratts Road
Cheltenham MD 20623
(301) 372-1881

Twenty-six Assisted Living Group Homes and Special Events