The Maryland SPCA always has new programs, events and information to share with you. You can catch up on what’s going on through our quarterly newsletter Animal Talk. You also can receive monthly e-news updates about the SPCA and timely animal information by enrolling in our e-mail updates.
Some of our most recent news is presented below.
Do you live in zip code 21225 in Baltimore City and own a cat that needs to be fixed? The Maryland SPCA will spay/neuter and give basic vaccines to up to 2,000 cats living in the 21225 zip code of Baltimore City in 2013 and 2014. It’s FREE and easy!
WHEN/WHERE: The Maryland SPCA will pick up cats from owners Tuesday mornings from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the Cherry Hill Town Center (634 Cherry Hill Road) and drive them to our clinic for spay/neuter surgery and basic vaccines. We will return the cats the same day to the Cherry Hill Town Center for owners to pick up from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
HOW: All cats must have an appointment. Call 410-889-SPAY (410-889-7729) or go to the Cherry Hill Town Center on a Tuesday morning between 7:30 to 8 a.m. to make an appointment.
NOTE: All cats must be dropped off in a safe and secure pet carrier. Free cardboard carriers are available at the Cherry Hill Town Center on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Ask for a free carrier when you make your spay/neuter appointment.
When dropping off your cat, you must show written proof that you reside in zip code 21225 in Baltimore City. This service is not available for county cat owners living in the 21225 zip code.
Order the new Maryland SPCA Feel the Warmth of a Cold Nose™ T-shirt today. Local artist Monique Savits of Concepts by Q designed the shirts. They are available in gray with long sleeves and blue with short sleeves. The long sleeve shirts are $25 and the short sleeve shirts are $20 including MD tax and shipping. The T-shirts are only available online so order today!
The Maryland SPCA collects donations for Kibble Connection, a program that provides pet food to local Meals on Wheels clients. Kibble Connection is possible through a unique partnership among the Maryland SPCA, Community Support Services for the Deaf and Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. The Maryland SPCA collects pet food and kitty litter donations from the public and delivers it to Community Support Services for the Deaf. Community Support Services for the Deaf packages the food for Meals on Wheels clients. Meal on Wheels picks up and delivers the food to their clients.
In these hard economic times, some Meals on Wheels clients were sharing their meals with their pets and not getting enough to eat. Kibble Connection helps ensure that Meals on Wheels clients and their pets maintain good nutrition. WBAL featured Kibble Connection in a newscast.
For Kibble Connection, the Maryland SPCA accepts pet food in unopened containers or bags. Please bring donations to our adoption center during business hours. For more information, contact Amanda at 410-235-8826, ext. 107.
This year is Atlantic Remodeling’s fourth year as Presenting Sponsor for the March for the Animals. In fact, Atlantic Remodeling will be the Presenting Sponsor for the March for the next three years! Read our press release announcing this exciting partnership. Atlantic Remodeling has walked as a Pack in the March for the Animals, volunteered at our shelter and sponsored our Lucky 7 adoption program, making the company an exemplary corporate partner for the MD SPCA.
With locations in Baltimore, Beltsville, Frederick, Newark (DE) and Fairfax (VA), Atlantic Remodeling believes the proof is in the pudding. Their trademarked RED CENT GUARANTEE ensures homeowner satisfaction each and every time they do a job. Regardless of contract size, they back their work with the promise that you will not pay Atlantic Remodeling one RED CENT until the job is completed to your satisfaction. Visit their website for a free estimate, and a representative will contact you within the next workday.
On Monday, February 25 through Wednesday, February 27, participating Papa John's restaurants in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County donated 25% of the subtotal sale to the Maryland SPCA when someone ordered online and entered promo code FMDSPCA. Thank you to everyone who placed an order and entered the code, and thank you to Papa John's for the generous donation. $1,387 was raised for the animals!!!
We held a March for the Animals Kick-Off Party on Friday, February 22 at The Downtown Dog Resort & Spa (200 W. McComas Street, Baltimore 21230). Dogs were welcome! The event featured off-leash play, a canine indoor pool party, doggie bobbing for hot dogs and more. Guests enjoyed complimentary soft drinks and snacks, including free Papa John's Pizza. Thank you to our event sponsors: Downtown Dog, Bud Light and Papa John's.
The Maryland SPCA held a free seminar for pet owners interested in learning about making plans for their pets should their pets outlive them on Sunday, March 17, 2013 and Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Maryland SPCA.
Led by local estate planning attorneys Ken Aneckstein and Ashley Short, attendees learned the basics of setting up pet trusts, how to direct money for the care of pets through wills, the importance of a will overall in protecting an estate and the basic steps that all pet owners should take to ensure that their pets are cared for if they are no longer able to. They also received suggestions on how to identify an appropriate caretaker for their pets.
For more information about pet trusts and estate planning for pet owners, please contact the Maryland SPCA's Director of Development at 410-235-8826, ext. 132.
The Maryland SPCA has heard that the Maryland State Court of Appeals has issued a response to the motion for reconsideration. We are greatly disappointed to learn they are affirming their original decision with the one change that it no longer should include “mixed’ breeds”. It is still unclear how they are defining a “pure” pit bull. This ruling negatively impacts both humans and pets in Maryland. Residents should not have to choose between their home or their beloved family pets. We will continue to urge the specially-formed task force to meet on this issue before the regular Maryland General Assembly session convenes in January.
Last year, we ran a television and radio campaign to promote pet adoptions and to encourage support of our work on behalf of animals. We have many people to thank for their work on the campaign, the highlight of which is the above 30-second promotional video. We thank everyone involved who made the video possible. IMRE, a Baltimore-based marketing agency, directed and produced the spot. IMRE team members, led by Dave Imre, were Erin Hampton, Ben Myers, Mark Eber, Craig Strydom, Chris Denny and Katy Funk. Peter Mullett directed the photography. Nicholas Donnelly was the assistant camera operator. Serious Grip & Electric provided lighting and equipment. Cerebral Lounge handled post production. Sally Thorner narrated the video. Clean Cuts provided original music. Barb Clapp and Colleen Riopko of Clapp Communications put the video on television and radio. We are grateful to human and canine actors in the video and the artists who helped make them look good. Lauren Girard and her dog Paige amazed us with their talent. Stella von Kessler and our own Vincent Jennings, Adoption Counselor, also starred in the video. Halle von Kessler styled our stars and oversaw their wardrobe. Lorraine Boushell did their makeup.
Sadly, there have been some recent cases of horrible violence against animals in our community.
There is a link between animal abuse and violence toward people.
Violence in a community should not be tolerated, period. No one wants any kind of violence in his neighborhood. We must care about our whole community and what happens to all of our citizens.
The Maryland SPCA has supported rewards to convict the perpetrators of these awful crimes. And, these are, indeed, crimes. Animal cruelty is a felony in Maryland. Because animal abusers often escalate their crimes to humans over time, taking this crime seriously is important for the entire community. If you know about abuse in your community, call 911. Get involved in your community. Baltimore police are here to keep us all safe. Support proper resources for our police and animal control officers by sending this letter to the Mayor.
‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’ Gandhi