Baltimore County News
Fees Waived for Veterans of the County
In observance of Memorial Day, Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) is offering 50 percent off adoption and spay or neuter fees from May 17 to 25. Adoption and spay or neuter fees will be waived for County residents who are also United States veterans.
During the promotion, adoption fees will be just $25 for cats and $32.50 for dogs. All adopted animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and other diseases, licensed and micro-chipped at no additional cost. These same fees will be offered to those who make an appointment (during this time period) to have a current cat or dog spayed or neutered at the shelter. Pets who are spayed or neutered will receive as necessary and at no additional cost, a license, rabies immunization and microchip.
“We want to encourage everyone to adopt from our shelter and hope the reduced fees spur them to do so,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We have many animals that are waiting patiently for homes, now is a great time to adopt one of them.”
Pets for Vets
At the request of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the members of the Baltimore County Council passed a measure last year to waive animal adoption and spay or neuter fees for veterans who are Baltimore County residents during the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays. During the remainder of the year, veterans living in Baltimore County will receive a 50-percent discount on animal adoptions and spay or neuter services.
BCAS is located at 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin, Maryland 21013. Shelter adoption hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In honor of the holiday, the shelter will be open Monday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Day: 'Purr-fect' Time to Adopt
“The Memorial Day holiday is a purr-fect time for our veterans and the general public to adopt a new cat or dog,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services, who owns two cats. “Not only can you save money, but the holiday provides additional time at home to help your new pet adjust.”
Baltimore County Executive
On Monday, our entire nation will commemorate Memorial Day. For some, this will be a very personal occasion. You will pause to remember family and friends whose sacrifice secured our Country's safety and preserved its liberty. For others, it is a time to reflect on the knowledge that we owe the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy every day to the sacrifices of those in the United States Armed Forces, brave individuals that we never knew, heroic men and women that we never met. These anonymous heroes nonetheless gave their all to protect their country and our lives.
However, whether we knew them or not, the valor of every fallen member of our armed services has earned the respect and gratitude of every citizen of the United States. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.
So on this Memorial Day, let us honor their service and sacrifice by not only honoring their service but by giving our surviving veterans the care, support, and respect that they deserve. On this sacred day, let us keep in our thoughts those who still stand watch around the world today by remembering these words spoken so long ago by Abraham Lincoln: "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away."
Revised April 6, 2016