Baltimore County News
Temporary Caregivers Needed to Provide Healthy, Happy Homes
Baltimore County Animal Services is proud to announce the launching of a foster program for shelter pets. The goal of the program is to provide necessary care for shelter pets who are better served in a home environment.
Shelter pets are fostered for a variety of reasons. Some are too young for adoption, need a home in which to recover after a medical procedure, are pregnant or nursing, or need more socialization. Foster families provide the love and stability these pets need to be happy and healthy, both mentally and physically.
To foster a shelter pet, you need to:
- Have genuine concern for the welfare of animals
- Be able to transport the shelter dog or cat for checks at the shelter
- Provide care and socialization
- Keep the shelter pet on track with vaccinations and medical issues
- Provide a safe and loving home
Once approved, volunteer fosters will be temporary caregivers for the shelter pet placed in their custody. All veterinary care and medications are provided by Animal Services, but the foster will be responsible for general supplies such as food and litter. Fosters are able to select the type of pet and conditions for which they are willing to provide, and our Foster Coordinator will match them with appropriate animals as we identify those that would require this special care. The duration of the fostering period will vary depending on the shelter pet but regular check-ups with the Animal Services veterinarians are required.
If you are an animal lover interested in providing a home and care to a shelter pet, please consider participating in our foster program. Be one of the first to sign up to foster a FURbulous pet from Baltimore County Animal Shelter. Begin by filling out an application here.
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.
Adopting a Pet is Now More Affordable
Adopting a pet or getting services for one in Baltimore County is now more affordable than ever. Reduced fees for adoption, micro-chipping, and spay/neuter procedures are now in effect at Baltimore County Animal Services.
"The decreased fees will go a long way to making it easier for people all around the County to spay and neuter their pets, to get the appropriate vaccinations and to bring adoptable pets into their homes," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Fees to spay or neuter a dog or cat are now just $20 for County residents. Included in the $20 sterilization fee, if needed are: microchipping, first distemper and rabies shots, deworming and a County license.
New Fees for
(County residents only)
Includes, as needed: microchipping, first distemper and rabies shots, deworming and a County license
Deep Discount Days (includes specified holidays and other dates as announced)
50 to 100 percent
50 to 100 percent
50 percent off adoption and spay/neuter fees (as announced)
Online Appointment System
Residents can now request a spay/neuter appointment for their pets by using the online appointment system. Once a request is submitted, Animal Services will contact the resident by telephone to confirm the pet's eligibility for the service and to schedule the appointment. The applicable $20 fee is required at that time; a credit card is the only accepted form of payment. Spay and neuter services on an animal are based on a set of criteria. Residents are encouraged to review this criteria prior to making an appointment.
“I am pleased to be a part of the wonderful changes that are taking place in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins. “Enhanced access — both physically and financially — to adoption and spay/neuter services should make it easier for people to afford and care for their pets.”
“I am excited to offer these low prices and hope that every County pet owner will take advantage of them, said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. "Doing so will not only improve the health of County pets, but also reduce rabies and overpopulation, while ultimately, saving more animals' lives."
Revised April 6, 2016