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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In the past few years, the County has replaced an outdated shelter with a modern $6.6 million facility designed to maximize adoption and improve services, and has opened satellite facilities in Dundalk and at Southwest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.


Rates Are Among Highest in the Nation for Public Shelters

(Towson) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County’s Animal Shelter live-release rates during the last quarter of 2017 exceeded 90% for both cats and dogs. The County’s live-release rate continues to rank among the highest in the nation.

The release rate for dogs is now 90.7%, while the rate for cats is 90.3%. By comparison, for the last quarter of 2014, the rates were 91% for dogs and 45.5% for cats. The high live release rate is particularly noteworthy because the population of animals entering the shelter has risen significantly since 2014. In the last quarter of 2014, the live intake of cats and dogs at the shelter was 1,093. In the fourth quarter of 2017, that number increased to 1,529. The County Executive mandated the collection of this data starting in 2014 so that Baltimore County would be able to track the success of its efforts from quarter to quarter.

“I am extremely proud of our Animal Services staff, who has worked so hard to transform Baltimore County Animal Services,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We have invested resources and focused attention and it has truly paid off. Our consistently high live-release rates show how hard we are working to find homes for healthy adoptable animals.”

“I applaud Baltimore the County Executive and our shelter staff for the tremendous advances we continue to see in the County’s Animal Services function,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D., said, “Our entire team is very dedicated to a comprehensive approach to increasing our live releases, with the goal of returning or keeping animals in their homes when at all possible. Pet overpopulation is a community concern and requires the teamwork and passion of shelter staff, volunteers and animal rescue groups alike.”

When an animal is found, Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) officers scan for microchips and post stray photos online immediately so that animals can be located by their owners as quickly as possible. BCAS sponsors low-cost spay/neuter, rabies and microchip clinics in local communities to decrease the chances of pets leaving home.

When an owner can no longer care for a pet, BCAS partners with local animal rescue organizations to provide veterinary care, temporary boarding and alternatives to surrendering pets to the shelter whenever possible. Increased off-site adoption events extend the ability to place adoptable animals into homes and educate the community about available resources. New programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for outdoor cats have allowed for more live release options than ever before, and, over time there will be fewer unwanted litters of kittens and puppies.

 

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

Last month, the County introduced the new Animal Services Adoption Express, affectionately called the “Cuddle Shuttle,” a customized mobile adoption vehicle that will visit 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.

 

New Shelter Has Doubled Capacity and Modernized Treatment of Animals

The County’s new $6.6 million, 22,400 square-foot Animal Services facility opened in early 2016 and was custom designed for staff and animals. It has greatly enhanced the delivery of services to shelter animals and the public and doubled the space for cats and dogs. It includes increased kennel space, adoption "meet and greet" rooms, a surgical suite, multiple outdoor areas for dogs both on and off-leash, a cat group room, additional parking and office space for staff and volunteers. A critical component of the new shelter is the animal quarantine area. Having a separate space for sick animals significantly reduces the potential spread of illness and parasites among the animals. The quarantine area is serviced by a dedicated HVAC unit, creating a comfortable and safe environment where no recirculation of air occurs. 

 

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Revised September 11, 2017