FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore (June 26, 2017)—Over the past eight years, the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance’s (BAWA) annual Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives adoption event has found homes for almost 6,000 cats and kittens in the Baltimore area during the month of June. This year, BAWA members Baltimore Humane Society, Baltimore County Animal Services, BARCS and the Maryland SPCA have taken their efforts statewide by inviting other shelters to participate in the first-ever Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.
“Each June since 2009, the Maryland SPCA and our BAWA shelter partners have collectively surpassed the goal of finding homes for more than 500 felines in the Baltimore area,” said Jim Peirce, executive director for the Maryland SPCA. “With so many cats across the state needing homes, BAWA reached out to shelters all across Maryland asking them to join us in a new statewide adoption event, which we’ve named the Maryland 2,000.”
Beginning July 1st through July 31st the following animal shelters in Maryland will be waiving adoption fees for felines with the collective goal of finding homes for at least 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the state:
“Our four BAWA shelters and the Humane Society of Harford County had been very successful at placing cats and kittens from Baltimore City and Baltimore and Harford Counties into loving homes during the Baltimore 500,” shared Jennifer Brause, executive director at BARCS. “We’re excited to have 16 shelters from 15 Maryland Counties and Baltimore City participating in the inaugural Maryland 2,000.”
Cats of all ages and personalities will be available for adoption, including kittens who are born during the warm summer months, known as Kitten Season.
Kitten season is a busy time for animal shelters in Maryland,” stressed Melissa Jones, V.M.D., Chief, Baltimore County Animal Services. “This surge of kittens and moms coming into our already full shelters makes it critical that we find them all homes so we can continue to take in other cats and kittens who need our help.”
Regular adoption procedures at all participating shelters still apply. Please visit the website of a participating shelter in your area to see pets available for adoption and review their specific adoption policies.
“Cats make wonderful companions,” stated Christine Decorse, executive director of Baltimore Humane Society. “We encourage anyone who has been considering adopting a cat for the first time or adding another cat to their family, to visit one of the participating shelters in July to help a homeless cat and to take advantage of the waived adoption fees.”
As the sponsor for the previous Baltimore 500 events, Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT) will provide swag bags and a free cat exam certificate for adopters who adopt from one of the four BAWA shelters. To learn more about the Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland, visit https://www.facebook.com/BAWAbaltimore/.
About the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance BAWA:
In order to better serve the animals and people of the Baltimore community, the major animal welfare organizations in Baltimore— Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter(BARCS), Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA, came together to form the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) in 2008. The founding organizations work together to save animals’ lives. Joint efforts include adoption events, spaying and neutering animals, and transporting animals in need from one shelter to another so that fewer pets are euthanized.
About Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT)
Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT) was established in 1984 as the first feline-only veterinary practice in Maryland. CHAT provides health and wellness care for companion cats with a team of compassionate, committed and competent cat-loving professionals. Recognized as a leader in the veterinary community, CHAT has achieved accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association by maintaining rigorous standards, and has been designated at the highest level of “Cat-Friendly Practice” by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. “Caring for cats and the people who love them” is the mission of CHAT which supports and partners with local organizations to promote the health, welfare and well-being of all cats. For more information, visit www.catdoc.com.
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