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Vaccines are Only $8 Each for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets

Keep your pet and your family safe this fall by taking advantage of Baltimore County Department of Health’s low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The outdoor clinics are scheduled from now through October 31 at seven sites. Vaccinations protect domestic animals and humans from rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease.

Vaccinations are $8 and available to cats, dogs and ferrets. The clinics will be held rain or shine. Animals receiving rabies shots must be at least 12 weeks old. All animals must be on leashes or in carriers. Due to time constraints, safety and escape risk, uncontrollable animals will not be vaccinated during the clinics. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. All cats must be contained in a properly sized, escape-proof carrier. Exact change is appreciated, as cash and checks will be the only forms of payment accepted.

Rabies Precautions

Baltimore County law requires pets to be licensed and for rabies vaccinations to be kept up-to-date. Other precautions against rabies include obeying leash laws and avoiding contact with wild animals or unknown domestic animals. If your pet has had contact with a wild animal, notify your veterinarian. Additionally, if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention.

Bite and scratch exposures from any animal to a human or pet exposure to wildlife are also reportable to the local Health Department, Police Department or Animal Control authority. For additional information on how to protect your pet against rabies, contact Baltimore County Animal Services at 410-887-PAWS (7297).

photo of girl hugging catHalf-Price Adoption Fees Through September 12

This Labor Day, Baltimore County is encouraging residents to celebrate by performing a labor of love — adopting a new dog or cat from the Baltimore County Animal Shelter.

Adoption fees will be reduced by 50 percent from September 1 to 12, which means residents pay just $25 to adopt a dog and $20 to adopt a cat.

The reduced fee includes a pet that has:

  • been spayed or neutered
  • had a complete veterinary exam
  • its first set of vaccinations
  • been micro-chipped with a lifetime registration
  • a Baltimore County license (an annual license is required for dogs and cats) 

“People have been quite responsive to these holiday adoption discount programs, so we are offering discounted adoption fees before and after Labor Day weekend,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “It’s a great deal and a wonderful opportunity to bring some positive energy into your home.”

New Shelter Hours

Starting September 1, those who wish to pick out an “unFURgettable friend” may visit the shelter during its new adoption hours. Shelter adoption hours will be from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Residents can pay their adoption fee with cash, check or credit card. Please note that lost pets can be redeemed seven days a week.

“This Labor Day, opening your heart and home to a new pet offers a wide range of health benefits at half the cost,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “Not only can it help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and loneliness, owning a pet can also increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.”

Available Animals

View a complete listing of all the wonderful animals at Baltimore County Animal Shelter. You can also call 410-887-PAWS for more information on a specific pet or the adoption process.

Dundalk Spay Neuter Facility and Feral Cat Program 

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the Animal Services Division of the Baltimore County Department of Health has opened a new facility in Dundalk to offer low-cost spaying and neutering procedures for domestic cats and dogs in a location convenient to eastern Baltimore County residents. He also announced a new partnership with the nonprofit Community Cats Maryland, Incorporated (CCMD), through which the County will provide space at this facility for CCMD to provide trap, neuter and return services to help address the overpopulation of local feral and outdoor cats.

“The new Dundalk clinic provides our eastside residents with greatly improved access to spay and neuter their pets, and our partnership with CCMD means that we will over time reduce the population of stray animals in the communities this program serves, ultimately reducing the number that have to be impounded and euthanized,” said Kamenetz.

“This new facility and program is a giant step forward in addressing the population of animals in our communities, as well as bringing a much needed service to pet owners who live in eastern and southeastern Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.

Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Services for Domestic Cats and Dogs

Baltimore County has opened this satellite spay and neuter center in Dundalk, to greatly reduce travel time for residents, who previously had to take their pets to the County’s main Animal Services facility in Baldwin if they wished to take advantage of the County’s low-cost spay-neuter program.

The newly constructed, custom designed $585,000 Animal Services facility is attached to the Health Department’s existing Dundalk Health Center on Dunmanway, off of Merritt Boulevard. It houses the new Eastside Spay and Neuter Program (ESNP), which offers spay, or neuter services for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20 by appointment only. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

  • Spay and neuter procedure
  • First distemper and rabies shots
  • Deworming
  • A County license
  • Microchip

“My staff and I are delighted with the modern new facility, and the difference it will make for the people and animals on the County’s eastside,” said the County’s Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D.

Find more information regarding animal restrictions and scheduling appointments. Appointments are available now at the new Spay and Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk, and at the County’s main Animal Services location at 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted onsite at the facility.

Community Cats Maryland Partnership

Baltimore County has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CCMD, agreeing to share the space and veterinary staff at the Dundalk facility free of charge, one weekend per month to assist Community Cats Maryland in providing spay and neuter services to feral cats.

“CCMD is excited to have the opportunity to work with Baltimore County as the County implements a vibrant new policy for feral cats. Resident feral cat caretakers will have the opportunity to provide food, shelter and most importantly, obtain free spay neuter services for cats under their care without fear of retaliation, or censorship,” said Peg Nemoff, Director, Community Cats of Maryland.

CCMD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to providing resource support to individuals, communities and government, who are looking for a means to successfully manage feral cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). To that end, they run monthly feral cat spay and neuter clinics, monthly seminars on best management practice as well as semi-annual feral cat shelter building workshops.

“The opening of the new facility and this partnership is a public health win-win for the animals and our communities,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services.

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