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photo of girl hugging catHalf-Price Adoption Fees Through September 12

This Labor Day, Baltimore County is encouraging residents to celebrate by performing a labor of love — adopting a new dog or cat from the Baltimore County Animal Shelter.

Adoption fees will be reduced by 50 percent from September 1 to 12, which means residents pay just $25 to adopt a dog and $20 to adopt a cat.

The reduced fee includes a pet that has:

  • been spayed or neutered
  • had a complete veterinary exam
  • its first set of vaccinations
  • been micro-chipped with a lifetime registration
  • a Baltimore County license (an annual license is required for dogs and cats) 

“People have been quite responsive to these holiday adoption discount programs, so we are offering discounted adoption fees before and after Labor Day weekend,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “It’s a great deal and a wonderful opportunity to bring some positive energy into your home.”

New Shelter Hours

Starting September 1, those who wish to pick out an “unFURgettable friend” may visit the shelter during its new adoption hours. Shelter adoption hours will be from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Residents can pay their adoption fee with cash, check or credit card. Please note that lost pets can be redeemed seven days a week.

“This Labor Day, opening your heart and home to a new pet offers a wide range of health benefits at half the cost,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “Not only can it help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and loneliness, owning a pet can also increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.”

Available Animals

View a complete listing of all the wonderful animals at Baltimore County Animal Shelter. You can also call 410-887-PAWS for more information on a specific pet or the adoption process.


Mixed-Use Town Center Surrounds Subway Station 

Construction is underway on a new four-story, 200,000 square foot office and retail building at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, Baltimore County’s first transit-oriented development.

The new building, which is expected to be completed in summer 2016, is part of the seven million square foot mixed-use development surrounding the Owings Mills Metro subway station.

“Public transportation matters. A transit-oriented town center next to the Metro, Interstate 795 and 695 offers incredible access and amenities for a company’s employees and customers,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “The Owings Mills business community, headlined by T. Rowe Price, CareFirst, Toyota Financial Services, Edaptive Systems, Baltimore Life and Zurich America, is an ideal location for medical, finance, insurance and technology companies. Metro Centre’s office space will attract interest from companies throughout Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and the region.”

Commercial Office and Retail Building

The new commercial office and retail building fronts on Grand Central Avenue and is directly connected on two floors to the Owings Mills metro station and a nine-story parking garage that accommodates 3,000 vehicles. Street-level retail space is available, with office space on floors two through four. A second parking garage with over 2,000 spaces was recently completed adjacent to the building.

 “Increasingly, businesses are making real estate decisions based on the availability of public transportation. Transit-oriented development meets today’s real estate demands of one location with residential apartments, retail and office space all in a work, live, play environment.,” said Howard Brown, Chairman of David S. Brown Enterprises, Ltd., site manager for the project. 

County Campus Building, Offices, Apartments, Shops, Hotel  

Metro Centre at Owings Mills currently consists of two five-story retail and residential buildings, with retail space on the ground floor and 232 market-rate apartment homes on the upper four floors. The County Campus building includes the largest branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and a Community College of Baltimore County center. Two parking garages can accommodate 5,000 vehicles.  

When completed, the seven million square foot Metro Centre at Owings Mills will include more than 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space; 300,000 square feet of complementary retail and restaurant space; 1,700 residential units; the 120,000 square foot County Campus building, and a boutique, full-service hotel with conference and special event facilities. 

More than 140,000 vehicles pass Metro Centre each day from Interstate 795 and 5,000 commuters board the Owings Mills Metro stop each workday. More than 30,000 consumers visit the library and community college building per month. The downtown business district and Baltimore City amenities such as M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are a 20 minute subway ride from Metro Centre.     


Health Experts Offer Prevention Tips

The Baltimore County Department of Health is announcing its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year. The infected individual died on Monday, August 24, from causes not related to West Nile Virus.

“West Nile Virus is an unfortunate, yet common disease that we expect to find in Marylanders this time of year," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. "To reduce the risk of getting infected, I encourage residents to W.R.A.P. up."

W.R.A.P. Up

“W.R.A.P. Up” prevention measures are: 

  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats, when concerned about mosquitoes.
  • Repair damaged window screens.
  • Avoid areas of high mosquito activity and unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Purchase and use an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions.

WNV is a disease that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected animal. In humans, WNV generally causes either no symptoms or mild, flu-like illness, but it can also be fatal. Persons older than 60 have the greatest risk of developing severe disease. People with compromised immune systems also may be at high risk of WNV infection.

Monitor Yards and Gardens

Residents are urged to monitor their own yards and gardens for standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Small amounts of water in a discarded can or container will support dozens of mosquitoes. To eliminate mosquito-breeding areas: 

  • Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
  • Empty or screen corrugated drain pipes.  
  • Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used as playground equipment.
  • Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use. Flush water from the bottom of plant holders twice a week.
  • Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
  • Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles are empty of water.
  • Fix dripping faucets.
  • Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock with fish and use a circulating filter system.

Spray Programs Offered

In an effort to reduce the WNV-infected mosquito population, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will spray all communities within a one-mile radius of where the deceased person lived. MDA plans to post the affected communities at http://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/Pages/mosquito_control.aspx.

Communities interested in the spray program should send an email to the Environmental Health Services Office at ehs@baltimorecountymd.gov. Please note that mosquito control services cannot be provided within a community that has not enrolled in the program.

Information

To learn more about WNV, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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