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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program

Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has a free Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program that focuses on effectively and humanely reducing the number of community cats living on our streets. Community cats are the unowned stray cats who live outside in our neighborhoods.

We now offer our free TNR Surgery package at our Baldwin and Dundalk locations! To schedule an appointment, visit the Spay and Neuter Services page.


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In an effort to reduce the community cat population, the TNR surgery package provides:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Microchipping (all cats will be scanned for a microchip prior to implanting)
  • A green or blue tattoo line on their abdomen
  • Ear-tipping—the tip of the left ear is surgically removed. An ear-tip is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat.

Benefits of Spay and Neuter

The benefits of spaying and neutering the unowned cat population include:

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  • Stops breeding and prevents unwanted litters of kittens
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by keeping cats out of animal shelters
  • Helps improve the health and quality of life of outdoor cats
  • Reduces nuisance behaviors like spraying, fighting, howling and roaming

How You Can Help

Email or call 410-887-2727 for more information about the TNR Program. Emails are responded to faster than phone calls. We try to return calls in a timely manner, but, at times it could take two weeks (or more) to hear back from our staff. Find more useful information in the following flyers and documents:

Revised December 30, 2019         


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