Baltimore County Now
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
- A County license
“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.
Della J. Leister, R.N.
Deputy Health Officer
Baltimore County Department of Health
When you think about fall, what comes to mind? Colorful leaves, cooler temperatures…getting a flu shot? For those of us at the Baltimore County Department of Health, fall is the time when we promote the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent the spread of flu.
The best way to prevent the flu is by knowing the FACTS.
Frequently wash your hands.
Washing hands with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds is the best form of protection to reduce the spread of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Always get an annual flu shot.
Flu viruses are always changing; last season’s flu vaccine may not protect against newer viruses, and annual vaccination is the only way to maintain protection each season.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Use a tissue to cover your coughs and sneezes, then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the crease of your arm (elbow area) to prevent your droplets from spreading. Never cough or sneeze into your hands.
Take time off from school, work and social activities if you have symptoms.
People who have the flu often have these symptoms:
• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
Seek medical care if your symptoms get worse.
If your condition does not improve after taking over-the-counter medication to alleviate symptoms, call your doctor.
If you are looking to “stay in the game,” plan to get a flu shot. The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free flu shots on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at seven locations while supplies last. For more information, call 410-887-BCHD (2243).
Dave Goldman, LSWC-C
Chief, Bureau of Behavioral Health
Baltimore County Department of Health
We all know someone who has been impacted by alcohol or drug abuse. It could be a friend, family member, neighbor, and certainly no one is exempt-even celebrities and sports figures. The path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs – even when it starts as a prescription!
Addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persists even in the face of devastating consequences. No one says they want to be a drug addict when they grow up, but over time a person's thinking becomes compromised and seeking and consuming the drug becomes compulsive.
Treatment is not simple, but it works! Treatment programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured.
Behavioral therapy and medication can be important elements of an overall therapeutic process. A continuum of care that includes a customized treatment regimen—addressing all aspects of an individual's life, including medical and mental health services—and follow–up options (e.g., community – or family-based recovery support systems) can be crucial to a person's success in achieving and maintaining a drug–free lifestyle. For more information on substance abuse treatment services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828.