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Ellie and Cassidy are looking for their furever homes!

Ellie, our sweet Sharpei X, is still in search of her furever home! Ellie loves to play, gets along with people and is great with kids. Ellie is looking to be the only dog in the home. 

Cassidy is one of our old rescues from 2012 that came back to us. Cassidy is about 2.5 years old. Although Cassidy needs to gain some weight, she is still full of energy and would love to have a new home. 


MACSPRO will be at PetValu in the Cabin John Shopping Center (7723-7725 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD) this Sunday, February 8th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We hope to have both Ellie and Cassidy so please stop by to say hi!

Announcing the Continuation of MACSPRO in 2015

MACSPRO had a board meeting on January 3rd and thanks to the efforts of current volunteers and survey respondents we have concluded we will keep MACSPRO in operation! To accomplish this, we are taking a two-phased approach: 1) we will manage adoptions carefully to ensure we do not take in dogs that are beyond our resource capacity to support until we expand our resource base (of both volunteers and financial resources), and 2) we will take a number of steps to both increase resources and to manage resources more effectively. This may mean that we take in fewer dogs for a short while (hopefully no more than 2 or 3 months), so that we can organize to be able to handle more dogs in the future.

Our first step is to form three key committees to help us shape the future of MACSPRO and we now ask you to spend a couple minutes considering becoming part of one of these new committees! Your time will directly impact this excellent breed of dog that we all love so much and your efforts will be meaningful. Please consider joining a committee by sending us an email stating which committee you feel is best suited for your interests and we will find the right fit!

The three new committees are described below:

The Outreach Committee:

This committee will be responsible for coordinating upcoming events, broadcasting these and pei-related news to our community, and managing our social media. We’ve recruited some bright and talented volunteers to make sure that our community at large is updated regularly as we progress. Ideal volunteers for this committee would be people with a great understanding of and experience with social media, event planning, and other forms of communication. If you are interested joining in the outreach committee, email

The Finance Committee:

This committee has been established to including fundraising, grants, and donor development. MACSPRO is 100% run by volunteers and maintaining financial health is crucial. We have a current donor base but we realize we need to do more to cultivate and grow this base. Additionally there are local and national organizations that offer grants to rescues just like us and we need more efforts to take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. Ideal volunteers for this committee would be people with professional and/or volunteer fundraising experience.  If you are interested in joining the finance committee, email

The Volunteer Committee:

This committee has been established to better manage our most important resource – our volunteers! By focusing on better recruiting and more efficient managing of our volunteer base, we plan to match time and talents to the appropriate tasks and to spread our important work over a broader volunteer base. We also arrange for the transports of many dogs each year from outside of the MD/DC/VA metro area and this committee will oversee that. Ideal volunteers to help us here would be those who have experience in recruiting volunteers and have project and people skills to match resources with tasks. If you are interested in joining the volunteer committee, email


It is important to emphasize that in addition to staffing these committees, we also are looking for people who may not want to be involved in a committee, but who still want to be involved with MACSPRO, including those who may be limited on time and those who can offer “seasonal” assistance for when things get busier than normal.

We again thank all of you who support us and those who gave us feedback to our survey sent last month! We hope you will consider joining a committee and cheers to another year of continuing to save shar-peis!

Meet some of Angie's Puppies


Angie and her puppies will be available for adoption later this month through Knine Rescue. Angie is a little over a year old and we are not sure what mix she is. The DNA panel for Angie's puppies say they are boxer, bulldog, collier and wheaten terrier mixes. If you are interested in Angie or any of her puppies, please email Knine Rescue at  Check out a few of the puppies that are waiting for furever homes.  Any available puppies will be joining us at Unleashed in Olney, MD on January 17th.









Urgent Foster Needed for Pregnant Sharpei

We need a foster home for this poor girl so that she can safely deliver her puppies.  She was found as a stray and currently has mange, we don't know what type since the shelter wasn't interested in taking her to a vet to find out.  She is currently scared but was okay with the animal control officer petting her.  She will need time to warm up to a new location especially after traveling from Tennessee.  Please let us know if you or someone you know may be interested in fostering this girl.  Please email or call Joyce Hanes @ (301) 881-1221.

MACSPRO needs your input today at this critical point in our history

Note: This email and survey is the most important ever sent by MACSPRO. Please read, complete the survey and email it back. Thank you.

If you don't have enough time to read the whole email, please take less than five minutes to complete our survey at the bottom of the email. 

Agenda for MACSPRO Board Meeting

As of our last board meeting July 12, 2014, we had three dogs at Rivermist (Paris, Stella and Rex), with Sunshine and Chunk in foster.

We took in thirteen dogs (Bear, Jenny, Mini, Lady Blue, Judy, Jade, Taz, Chuy, Bingo, Elvis, Angie, Oreo and Ellie) and adopted out fourteen (Paris, Stella, Sunshine, Chunk, Bear, Jenny, Mini, Lady Blue, Judy, Jade, Taz, Chuy, Bingo and Elvis)

Rex went to foster on Dec 7 but is not house-trained and has been difficult to rehome.

Oreo was adopted on Saturday December 13.

Currently only Ellie is at Rivermist.

We are spending an average of $15 dollars per day per dog plus a “Vet Warranty” of $1.50 per day per dog (for dogs Rivermist considers “at risk for veterinary needs”) as well as any medications or special requests like bathing, walking etc. administered by Rivermist staff. For the month of November, we spent approximately $1,500 boarding and miscellaneous costs at Rivermist plus other veterinary fees.

Jeanne (with Lynn’s help) administers monthly Heartworm and Flea preventative as well as some other meds as necessary.

We still have China at Debendale in Reisterstown where she has been for two years. The kennel has changed ownership and we may have to take her in. She is good with kids, most people and some dogs.

Angie and Knine Rescue, Inc.

Angie our mixed breed, is being fostered by a Knine Rescue Inc. rep in Fort Meade MD. She had eight pups, two stillborn. (Amber, Jasper, Ruby, Jade, Rose and Onyx)

MACPRO has promised to do initial vetting and proposed the adopter pay spay/neuter and split the adoption fee, but to date, we have:

  • Paid $232.40 in Boarding and vetting fees to North Star Veterinary in Parkton, NC.
  • Transportation was arranged free by North Star. Lynn met the transport in the Baltimore area, brought Angie to Jeanne who then took Angie to Ft Meade for foster.
  • Paid about $100 to Hickory Ridge Vet to look at Jasper. The Vet concluded by recommending Angie be kept away from the pups except around feeding time.
  • We talked with Knine about their circumstances. They cannot afford kennel costs and foster only. So we propose letting Knine keep the pups and give them all future responsibility of the pups and Angie. We would need to do this in writing.

Knine Rescue also does not have enough physical help, but we can cross-post and we would get more exposure if we do adoption events together

MACSPRO’s current situation is that neither Jeanne nor Joyce can handle the dogs, leaving walking and handling mostly to Lynn, David and Arlene. Ben and Andrea have been able to help out, as well as Corrine and Jeremy on occasion and Carolyn and Keith Figgatt.

Jeanne can be at Rivermist to adopt or foster dogs. With Ben and Andrea’s, or David and Arlene’s and occasionally Deborah and Allan’s help to handle, we have gotten several of our last dogs adopted.

Although Jeanne must cut back by end of year, she is still willing to do a limited amount of IT work.


  • David and Arlene who have done a fabulous job on our website, keeping up on FB and other media and walking our peibies every weekend.
  • Betty who set up some great adoption events and helped organize adoption packets for our new Pei Parents.
  • Lynn for all her transports and walking our peibies at least once every week


If we want to continue, we must have more physical bodies to help. We cannot continue as we are currently doing because neither Jeanne nor Joyce, due to their health/physical issues, can handle the dogs.

Jeanne and Joyce are still able and willing to continue with the administrative work since they are both knowledgeable on the great amount of paper work, emails and phone calls that have to be responded to daily. But we still do not have enough help to transport, take dogs to the vet, do adoption events, etc.

If we close down, excess money in our treasury must go to a Shar-Pei specific cause.

We can distribute this $$ to several breed specific rescues (SP rescue of VA, Op Scarlet, SPR of Florida) this is not a lot of money.

We can talk with Operation Scarlet or SPR of VA-NJ re some type of merger. Although this would not solve our manpower needs, it would help us distribute those needy Pei we still have to other rescues.

What we propose is Joyce again take over the President’s position; Jeanne the Vice-President; Betty Trojan Secretary. Jeanne and Joyce will split the Treasurer’s job as they are already paying all the bills and handling the incoming checks.

If the organization is to continue, younger people need to learn “the ropes”.

Our phone would still need to be active for at least 5 years (by that time all the micro-chipped dogs would probably have “crossed over the Rainbow Bridge”).

There are few, if any, Shar Pei rescues in GA, NC, SC, KY, TN, and a number of shelters will only adopt to rescues due to the previous bad reputation of our breed. So there in no one to take up the slack.

Both Jeanne and Joyce want to continue in operation. Over 1000 dogs have found forever homes in over the 30 years that MACSPRO has been active. But unless other, younger, healthier, people can step up to help, the organization will close. So please now take a few minutes to respond to the survey. Let us know your thoughts.  The survey is available at:

Happy Thanksgiving from MACSPRO

MACSPRO would like to wish all of our supporters safe travels and a very Hap-Pei Thanksgiving!!

We are so thankful for your support over the years. We rely entirely on your generous donations and the countless hours you have volunteered. Thank you so much for helping us to continue to rescue Peibies!

In addition, if you have a chance, please print out and share the attached 'Our Gang' flyer with your family and friends to help us find Rex, Ellie and Oreo a new home for the holidays!


Lost Shar Pei - Derwood/Olney, MD Area

He ran away on Saturday just before sundown from our home on Applewood Lane in Derwood MD. They have woods behind their house that end at Redland Middle School, Bowie Mill Rd in Olney, and at Muncaster Rd. We are afraid he was picked up by someone because we haven’t seen him in a while and up until wednesday he was spotted in the area at least once a day. HUGE REWARD for information leading to his recovery  

Update: 11/25/2014 Jimmy made it home in time for Thanksgiving.  Thank you for your help.

A Cancellation and Investment Opportunities

We unfortunately have to cancel our appearance at BARCStober festival.  We do not have enough volunteers to coordinate this event.  Instead we would like to invite you to Invest in MACSPRO.

Invest with your time

We currently need more volunteers for the following activities.

  • Dog Walking
  • Fostering
  • Events

If you would like to invest your time with MACSPRO, email us at

Invest financially

We are 100% funded by Shar-Pei lovers from around the world.  Without your investments, MACSPRO wouldn't be possible.

Here are a few of the items for which you can invest financially:

  • $15.00 Covers one day/night at the kennel
  • $21.00  Rabies Vaccination

  • $38.00 Necessary shots

  • $68.00 Entropion repair

  • $190.00  Spay/Neuter

  • $378.00 Full Entropion both eyes

Please see the attached flyer for more information or invest here.

Invest while shopping online

You can currently support MACSPRO while shopping online through the following programs:

​​For more information check out our helping online page.


October is for Wine and Pei!

We'd first like to congratulate Taz for finding his furever home this past weekend.  We still have some great pei available, so check them out and foster or adopt one today.

Wine and Pei Events

This Sunday, October 12th,  Denise Lewis will be representing MACSPRO at Paws in the Vineyard.  Contact Denise Lewis if you'd like to help her out.

The following Saturday, October 18th, MACSPRO will be at Howl-o-Wine.  Join us to meet some of our Pei to take home or enter your pup in the costume contest.  Check out the attached flyer for more information.  Printing and posting of the flyer is strongly encouraged.

Donations needed

We'd like to thank all of our past Guardian Angels and funders.  We've been saving a large number of pei recently and at times seen our funds drop down below enough to keep our dogs at the kennel for no more than two more weeks.  Your financial donations and non financial help are greatly appreciated.  We really couldn't do this without you.


MACSPRO This Week: Adoptions, Calendar Pictures, Events

Our Dogs: This past week was a GREAT week for MACSPRO. Jenny, our sweet girl that underwent pelvis surgery after being hit by a car, was adopted at our Unleashed event on Saturday. We are so thankful to Jenny's foster family who was able to provide her with a loving home before she was able to find her furever family. In addition, Bear, our friendly boy, was also adopted at our adoption event! If that wasn't enough great news--Jade and Stella were adopted by their foster father and are living the good life with their new dog and cat siblings. We are so excited that these four great dogs were able to find new, loving homes!

Bear and Jenny saying goodbye to each other before going to their new homes

We still have three amazing dogs, Rex, Ellie and Judy, that are looking for their own furever homes. All three of these adorable Pei love being around people and love to run and play. Please print out the attached flyer to help spread awareness of these great dogs! In addition, please consider giving Rex, Ellie or Judy a foster family if you are unable to adopt at the time.


2015 Calendar: We are collecting images for our 2015 calendar. Don't forget to send us any of your pei-bei pictures that you would like us to include in the calendar. Please send images to and don't forget to reserve your copy today!

Events: Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the Walk for Paws event scheduled for this Saturday. 

Instead, we will be having a Walk Our Dogs event at Rivermist Kennels (19515 New Hampshire Ave, Brinklow, MD) starting at 930AM on Saturday. We will have coffee and pastries for you to enjoy. This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with our dogs as well as get connected with MACSPRO. We hope to see you there! 

Ways to Help: We are hoping to bring Taz, a brown male currently staying at Baltimore County Animal Shelter,​ to us sometime this week. 

We appreciate any and all donations as we depend on your continued support to help save these Pei from the unfortunate circumstances they are thrown in. As always, 100% of your donations are used to help provide our dogs with shelter, food and medical expenses and are tax deductible. Our Peis send you lots of sloppy kisses as a big thank you!!