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Maryland Animal Shelters Gear up for 2nd Annual State-wide Cat Adoption Event

20 Maryland Animal Shelters Waiving Adoption Fees to Find Homes for More than 2,000 Unwanted Felines

BALTIMORE—(June, 26, 2018)—After finding homes for 2,395 cats and kittens in Maryland last July, Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society, BARCS and the Maryland SPCA—all members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA)—have once again partnered and invited other animal shelters in Maryland to join them for the second annual Maryland 2,000: Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.  Participating shelters will be waiving adoption fees for all cats and kittens adopted in July.

“For some, summer is a time to slow down a bit, relax at the pool or head down to the beach,” said Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter). “But for animal shelters in Maryland, there is nothing slow about summer. In fact, it’s one of the busiest times of the year when all of our shelters see a huge influx of kittens and cats.”

“It’s critical that we find homes for the cats and kittens currently in our shelters, so we can continue to take in and save other felines who need our help,” said Nichole Miller, director of operations at the Maryland SPCA.  “The Maryland 2,000 is a way for our shelters to come together to raise awareness about how overcrowded shelters are during ‘Kitten Season’—when most kittens are born—and to ultimately save lives.”

Beginning July 1st through July 31st the following animal shelters in Maryland will be participating in the Maryland 2,000 and will be waiving cat and kitten adoption fees:

Allegany County Animal Shelter, Animal League of Queen Anne’s County, Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society, BARCS, Baywater Animal Rescue, Cecil County Animal Services, City of College Park Animal Control, Frederick County Division of Animal Control & Adoptions, Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center, Humane Society of Carroll County, Humane Society of Harford County, Humane Society of Kent County, Humane Society of Washington County, Maryland SPCA, Prince George County Animal Services Division, Talbot County Humane Society, Tri-County Animal Shelter and Wicomico County Humane Society.

“Cats make terrific companions,” stated Christine Decorse, executive director of Baltimore Humane Society. “Whether you’re looking for a lap cat or an active kitten, now is the perfect time to visit your local animal shelter and take advantage of the waived adoption fees. Felines of all ages, personalities and activity levels are just waiting for a chance to be part of a family.”

For the second year, The Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT), will be the presenting sponsor for the Maryland 2,000. All adopters who take home a cat or kitten in July from either the Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society, BARCS or the Maryland SPCA, will receive a certificate for a free feline wellness exam at CHAT.

New this year, the following veterinary practices located throughout MD will also be offering free wellness exams to Maryland 2,000 adopters: A Cat Clinic, Arnold Veterinary Hospital, Brentwood Animal Hospital, Calvert Veterinary Center, Cat Sense Feline Hospital, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Homeward Bound Mobile Vet, Metropolitan Cat Hospital, Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital, Towson Veterinary Clinic, VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge, VCA Lewis Animal Hospital, VCA Peachtree Animal Hospital, and West Friendship Animal Hospital.

“Last year, we collectively surpassed the goal of the Maryland 2,000 by finding homes for 2,395 cats and kittens in July during our first ever, coordinated state-wide adoption event,” stated Melissa Jones, V.M.D., director of Baltimore County Animal Services. “Working together to spread the word really does make a difference.”

Participating shelters saw a combined increase of 26 percent more adoptions last July compared to July 2016 prior to the inception of the Maryland 2,000.

Regular adoption procedures at all participating shelters still apply during the Maryland 2,000. To see pets available for adoption, visit the website of your local animal shelter. For more information about the Maryland 2,000: Saving Lives Across Maryland, visit facebook.com/BAWA or https://www.facebook.com/events/237858310133254/.


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.

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