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Owings Mills and Towson Development, Responsible Pet Ownership, Lead Paint Hazards and Resources

The November edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:

Update on Owings Mills and Towson – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz shares the latest on major development and upgrades underway in Towson and Owings Mills.

Responsible Pet Ownership – County veterinarian Dr. Melissa Jones shares resources for pet owners and adoption opportunities for all (with a special Pets for Vets promotion all month for veterans). Spoiler alert – adorable kittens co-star in this segment!

Lead Paint Poisoning – Did you know that any pre-1978 home could have dangerous lead paint? Get the facts and learn about resources to protect your family.

View streaming video of the Hello Baltimore County shows.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

  • Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Noon, 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.                                        

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.

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