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Puppy LoveCharlotte Crenson
Chief, Baltimore County Animal Control Division

February 14th is here – what better time to Find an unFurgettable Friend? Whether you’re looking for a little buddy for your sweetheart or a furry pal for yourself, this weekend is the purrrfect time to adopt a cat or dog into your family. February, find, friend, furry, family…we forgot to mention one “F” – free!

The Baltimore County Animal Shelter is offering free adoption this weekend. Any pet adopted or placed on hold for adoption on Saturday, February 16, will be adopted free of charge, with the exception of the cost of a cat or dog license at the time of the adoption. Think about it – it’s winter, and more time is spent at home indoors, which means that you and your family members will have more quality time to bond, establish a routine, and get off to the best start with your new pet.

In addition to companionship, pets are also good for your health. According to WebMD, extensive research has shown that living with a pet provides health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, lessening anxiety, and boosting immunity. Why not improve the quality of your life while rescuing another?

Baltimore County Animal Shelter has plenty of adoptable pets waiting for responsible owners who will love and care for them. If you are in the market for a new pet, but now isn't a good time, then consider purchasing an adoption gift certificate for only $65. This low fee includes your pet, a spay/neuter certificate, pet license (required by Baltimore County law), rabies shot, the first series of vaccinations, a microchip with lifetime registry, and a welcome home kit.

Share your home, happiness, and heart with a warm, lovable, and unFurgettable friend.

image of tree with heartJordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion

I am ashamed to say that I waited until December 24 to do ALL of my holiday shopping this year. It came down to the wire, but in the end I was victorious, and all the wrapping was done by 10 p.m. (in gift bags of course)! Although I got away with it, I told myself never again! Next time I have to buy gifts I’ll be organized, I’ll have a plan, and most of all I won’t wait until the very last minute.

Well…it’s less than two months later and already that dream is dead, with February 14 only two days away.

If you believe Valentine’s Day is an elaborate conspiracy between chocolate manufacturers and greeting card companies, that’s great, but I doubt that gets you out of any gentlemanly responsibilities this week. With that in mind, I present the Procrastinating Dude’s Guide to Valentine’s Day.

If you’re going the flowers route, our local Baltimore County florists are some of the area’s best. Be sure to shop local, and order IMMEDIATELY!

Delicious Treats
If your significant other has a sweet tooth, Baltimore County has some of the best local businesses offering fine chocolates and baked goods that are sure to please.

Romantic Dining Deals
Normally, spontaneity can be romantic, but on Valentine’s Day, you’ll want reservations!
Many great local restaurants, bistros and cafes offer Valentine’s Day specials and menus. Impress your special someone by trying one of the many fine Baltimore County establishments.


Revised April 6, 2016