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Southwest Area Park Facility Now Open for City and County Pet Owners

County Executive Don Mohler announced today that residents of Baltimore City may now bring their pets to the Southwest Area Park Animal Services facility in Baltimore Highlands to take advantage of low-cost spay/neuter packages that promote healthy pets and safe communities.

“We have made incredible progress in upgrading Animal Services and reducing the population of stray animals in our communities, and we are happy to share with our City neighbors this valuable public service that enhances the health and safety of their pets and our neighborhoods,” Mohler said.  

The County offers low-cost spay/neuter packages at three locations around the County and has altered some 23,000 animals since opening it first on-site surgical suite in the Fall of 2013, including more than 6,000 so far this year. This is a significant accomplishment that advances the public health goal of reducing the population of homeless animals throughout Baltimore County.

Before the County began performing spay/neuter surgeries on shelter animals in the Fall of 2013 at its main facility in Baldwin, people who adopted pets from the County’s animal shelter were provided with vouchers to help offset the cost of having their animal altered elsewhere.

“This is a wonderful regional approach to combatting the issues of stray and unvaccinated cats and dogs,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.

Facilities in Dundalk, Baldwin and Baltimore Highlands offer Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services for Domestic Cats and Dogs

All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20 for County residents, by appointment only. The Southwest Area Park location also includes Baltimore City pets. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

  • Spay/neuter procedure
  • First distemper and rabies shots
  • Deworming
  • A County license
  • Microchip

“Stray dogs and cats don’t know about jurisdictional boundaries and my staff and I excited to expand to better serve pet owners and their animals,” said the County’s Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D. She added that the included microchipping service is key to ensuring that lost animals can be returned to their owners.

More information, including animal restrictions and appointment scheduling is available on the County’s website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/spayneuter.

Appointments are available now at the new Spay/Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk, at the Southwest Area Park location, located at 3941 Klunk Drive in Baltimore Highlands, and at the County’s main Animal Services location, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted at the facility.


Shelter Hits Record Release Rates for Dogs, Maintains High Rates for Cats

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced that the County’s Animal Shelter achieved an all-time high live release rate for dogs of 95 percent during the second quarter of 2018, and has exceeded 90 percent live release for dogs for the last ten consecutive quarters (two and a half years). Baltimore County Animal Services’ (BCAS) live-release rate for cats was 91 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and has been over 90 percent for the last three consecutive quarters, and for four of the last six quarters for the first time in the history of BCAS.

By comparison, for the last quarter of 2014, the rates were 91% for dogs and 45.5% for cats. These high live release rates are particularly noteworthy because the population of animals entering the shelter has risen significantly since 2014.

“I give tremendous credit to our Animal Services staff, who has worked tirelessly to transform our entire operation for the better,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “The County has focused our attention on modernizing the shelter and updating our processes and it has made a huge difference.” Mohler presented Executive Citations to each member of the BCAS staff at a ceremony held on the front lawn of the BCAS Animal Shelter in Baldwin.

In the past few years, the County has replaced an outdated shelter with a modern $6.6 million facility designed to maximize adoption and improve services, and has opened satellite facilities in Dundalk and at Southwest Area Park to provide low-cost spay/neuter services.

Success by the Numbers

  • BCAS has performed 21,155 spay/neuter procedures since 2014. Currently this number includes 70 percent public animals and 30 percent shelter animals.
  • 4,125 people have taken advantage of low cost rabies vaccinations since the summer of 2016 when legislation was passed to allow a free microchip and initial license for the same low cost of only $8.
  • New programs include the pilot Trap Neuter Return program which has contributed to over 1,760 live releases since the program’s inception in 2016.
  • The volunteer and foster programs continue growing with more than 150 rescue partners signed up to work with BCAS and over 100 registered foster families.

“People care deeply about the welfare of animals and I am very pleased by the continuing excellence of care we are seeing at Animal Services,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D., said, “I am very proud of our entire team of shelter staff, volunteers and rescue partners for their dedication, passion and hard work, which has brought about these excellent results.”

“Cuddle Shuttle” Pet Adoption Express Vehicle Brings Pets into Communities

The County’s new Animal Services Adoption Express, nicknamed the “Cuddle Shuttle,” is a customized mobile adoption vehicle that visits community events year-round to offer convenient opportunities for people to adopt pets from Baltimore County Animal Services.

The Adoption Express may be requested by contacting the Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator at bcasvolunteer@baltimorecountymd.gov.

More information about pet adoption is available on the County website at https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/animalservices/adoption.html.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services Offered to the Public at Baldwin, Dundalk and Baltimore Highlands Facilities

All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services to the public for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20, by appointment only. Many residents actually qualify for free procedures through one of several grant-funded programs. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

  • Spay/neuter procedure
  • First distemper and rabies shots
  • Deworming
  • A County license
  • Microchip

County residents may schedule appointments and find more information about spay/neuter packages, including animal restrictions, on the County’s website.

Appointments are available now at the Spay/Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk; at the Southwest Area Park, located at 3941 Klunk Drive in Brooklyn; and at the County’s main Animal Services location, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted at the facility.


Animal Adoption and Vet Service Fees to be Waived for Veterans All Month

In recognition of Veterans Appreciation Month, Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) is offering free adoptions and pet services to veterans and active military members. During the entire month of May, adoption fees will be waived and pet owners who are veterans may receive free services such as spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations and microchipping.

“This positive initiative helps us serve our veterans and their pets while giving a second chance to shelter pets in need of loving companionship,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Adoption Options

Animals may be adopted from the Baltimore County Animal Services shelter, located at 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin, or from the BCAS Adoption Express (affectionately called the Cuddle Shuttle). Shelter adoption hours are from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Cuddle Shuttle appearances are posted on the Animal Services Facebook page and the BCAS events page.

Proof of military service such as a DD214, discharge or valid driver’s license with a veteran designation must be shown at the time of adoption. The free adoption package 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)

View a complete listing of all of the adoptable animals at Baltimore County Animal Shelter. For more information on a specific pet or the adoption process, call 410-887-PAWS (7297).

Free Spay/Neuter Services All Month for Veterans

In addition to free pet adoption, Animal Services is eliminating fees for veterans and active military members to receive free spay/neuter packages for pets they already own during May.

Appointments are available now at all three Animal Services locations:

  • Dundalk Spay/Neuter Center, located at 7702 Dunmanway, Dundalk, 21222
  • Southwest Area Park Spay/Neuter Facility, located at 3941 Klunk Drive, Brooklyn, 21225
  • Baltimore County Animal Shelter, located at 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin, 21013

County residents may schedule appointments and find more information, including animal restrictions on the County’s website

“This is a real win-win for everyone,” said Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D. “This promotion will enable us to get more animals out of the shelter and into loving, permanent homes with veterans who can benefit from the relationship.”

Free Rabies Clinic Services

In addition to free spay/neuter packages, Animal Services is offering free rabies vaccinations to pets of veterans and active military members during the month of May. Each pet receiving a rabies vaccination at these clinics is also eligible for a free microchip with lifetime registration and an initial Baltimore County pet license at no cost.

Find more details and a list of upcoming rabies clinics on the BCAS website.

Year-round Support of Veterans

BCAS offers veterans a half-price discount on pet adoptions year-round, and Baltimore County Animal Services is a proud partner of Pets for Patriots, a nationally operating non-profit organization creating opportunities for veterans and service members to save hard-to-adopt shelter pets.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017