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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.                                        

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


New Fees

New Fees for
U.S. Veterans

Previous Fees

Sterilization Fee

(County residents only)

Includes, as needed: microchipping, first distemper and rabies shots, deworming and a County license  

Dogs $20

Cats $20

Dogs $20

Cats $20

Dogs $65

Cats $50

Adoption Fee

Dogs $50

Cats $40 

Dogs $25

Cats $20

Dogs $65

Cats $50





Deep Discount Days  (includes specified holidays and other dates as announced)

50 to 100 percent
off adoption fees

(as announced)

50 to 100 percent
off adoption fees

(as announced)

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."

View adoptable pets at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter and visit our Facebook page.

Dates and Locations

Keep your pet and your family safe this summer by taking advantage of Baltimore County Department of Health's low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The last of the annual off-site clinics take place May 30 and June 3.


Saturday, May 30
10 a.m. to noon
Fields at Renaissance Park
99 Stemmers Run Road
Essex, Maryland 21221


Wednesday, June 3
6 to 8 p.m.
Rockdale Park
3326 North Rolling Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244

Clinic Guidelines

Vaccinations are $8 and available to cats, dogs and ferrets owned by county residents. 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.

Vaccinations protect domestic animals and humans from rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease. Baltimore County law requires pets to be licensed and for rabies vaccinations to be kept up-to-date.

Wild Animals

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 more information on preventing and protecting your pet from rabies, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-PAWS (7297) or email

Keywords: clinic, health, pets, rabies

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