Baltimore County to Build New Animal Services Facility and Dog Park
Will Soon Offer Spay and Neuter Services for Pets
Towson, Maryland (October 21, 2013) – Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, announced a new Animal Services facility that will greatly enhance the delivery of services to shelter animals and the public.
Kamenetz and Branch announced that the County is planning to build a new Animal Services facility on the 14 acres of land where the current facility is located.
The new facility is estimated to be a $5 million dollar project.
“The facility is over 30 years old and inadequate in size and design to meet the demand we have in providing services to our pet owners, managing stray animals and finding new homes for our adoptable pets,” said Branch. “Over the years we have received numerous complaints about our aging facility from potential adopters and animal advocates, so I applaud the County Executive and his leadership for making this major project possible.”
The new facility will include increased kennel space, an adoption meet and greet room, a spay and neuter surgical suite, an outside dog exercise area, a dog park for use by the public, a cat observation and socialization room, additional parking, and office space for staff and volunteers.
“Today is a great day for Baltimore County pets and pet owners,” said Kamenetz. “My leadership team has worked hard to come up with a comprehensive solution that will improve services for people and pets and increase the number of pet adoptions. This is going to be a wonderful, modern facility that the people of Baltimore County can be proud of for years to come.”
Animal Control Now Animal Services
Effective immediately, the Baltimore County Animal Control Division, which is a part of Baltimore County Health and Human Services, will now be referred to as the “Animal Services Division.”
According to Kamenetz, “this name change more accurately reflects the scope of this division’s work, which includes administration, enforcement and shelter operations.”
County to Offer Spay and Neuter Services Soon
Kamenetz and Branch also announced that beginning in about a week, the County will provide spay and neuter services onsite at the Animal Services Division in Baldwin. Adoptable pets will be spayed or neutered prior to going to their new homes. This new service will be covered by the existing $65 adoption fee, which also includes a microchip with lifetime registry, a license, the first series of vaccinations, a rabies shot and a welcome home packet.
Previously, Animal Services was unable to provide spay and neuter service because there was no operating room or space in its current building; however, the County has supplied a temporary structure, outfitted it with an operating room and obtained the necessary license to provide this service until the new facility is ready. Anyone who has adopted a pet recently and has not yet had it spayed or neutered, will be notified by letter of this new service and encouraged to make an appointment with Animal Services to have the procedure done at no additional cost.
"A lot of us have worked a long time to get to this comprehensive solution that updates the facilities and expands the services the County can provide to animals and our citizens," said Third District Councilman Todd Huff. "I have worked closely with County Executive Kamenetz and Health and Human Services and I am delighted with these very positive changes that will enhance the adoptability of animals and make room for more community involvement in the shelter."