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Team Shelter USA Assessment Cites Live Release Rates, Partnerships and Enrichment Programs

Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) underwent a comprehensive review by one of the country’s top animal shelter consultants, and received high marks for its dramatic increase in live release rates of cats and dogs, which has resulted from an overall transformation of shelter and programming operations.

“I am very proud of our Animal Services staff and leadership, who have embraced a multitude of changes and truly transformed the whole operation into an excellent example of government doing things the right way, for the benefit of our constituents as well as vulnerable animals,” said County Executive Don Mohler. “The ongoing success of our Animal Services function is part of the lasting legacy of former Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.”

The assessment was conducted by Sara Pizano DVM of Team Shelter USA, formerly with the non-profit organization, Target Zero. The report, Baltimore County Animal Services 2018 Progress Report, calls BCAS a “progressive and innovative organization that should be considered a national role model for other municipal shelters.” The review, a follow-up to a 2016 reportalso conducted by Pizano, cites the County’s significant increase in live release rates from 53.4 percent to 89.6 percent between 2014 and 2017, which it hails as “an astounding increase not commonly seen in public shelters in such a short period of time and despite an increase in intake.”

Some areas highlighted in the report for their favorable impact include:

  • enhanced communications and public outreach, with an emphasis on social media
  • a proactive plan to greatly increase access by low-income pet owners to spay/neuter services, and efforts to help people avoid surrendering pets because they need temporary assistance
  • staff development and an expansive program of incorporating volunteers and Department of Corrections inmates into shelter operations and animal enrichment activities
  • excellent partnerships with rescue organizations and regional animal welfare organizations
  • the establishment of a dedicated police unit to handle animal cruelty investigations
  • a successful pilot Trap-Neuter-Return program in partnership with a local non-profit organization, which has decreased stray cat intakes from 2,108 in 2016 to 1,737 in 2017
  • enrichment and behavior interventions that increase adoptability of challenging shelter animals, including indoor and outdoor play areas and a dedicated Behavior Coordinator
  • aggressive adoption efforts that include a full-time Rescue and Foster Coordinator, and the popular Adoption Express Cuddle Shuttle

“My staff and I continue to get good feedback and hear positive results from Animal Services and I commend everyone involved for doing a great job, as reflected in this very positive report,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

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 location, 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.


Services to be Provided Free to Baltimore County Programs and at Cost for Others

Baltimore County Animal Services is making their state-of-the-art spay/neuter clinic at Southwest Area Park (SWAP) in Baltimore Highlands available to managers of other municipal and non-profit feral cat trap, neuter and release (TNR) programs in Maryland. The Kamenetz administration opened the SWAP on-site surgical suite facility in 2016 as part of a comprehensive approach to advancing the public health goal of reducing the population of homeless animals throughout Baltimore County.

“We have been successful in transforming our whole Animal Services function and reducing the population of stray animals in our communities, and now, with our low-cost spay/neuter facilities in three locations around the County, it is prudent for us to make the SWAP facility available to other organizations that are working toward that same goal in the region and state,” Kamenetz said.

The SWAP spay/neuter clinic offers a spacious, fully equipped and staffed surgical suite with a separate holding and recovery area for feral cats, and a special secure loading bay. The service includes surgical costs, microchipping, ear tipping and a rabies vaccine. The County is charging $40 per cat for eligible feral cat programs outside of Baltimore County, and there is no charge for programs located in Baltimore County. To be eligible, programs outside of Baltimore County must receive grant funding from the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Interested program managers in Baltimore County may contact TNR Coordinator Rebecca Sass-Crews at 410-887-2727 or rsass-crews@baltimorecountymd.gov. Programs outside of the County may contact Carrie McCloskey at cmccloskey@baltimorecountymd.gov. The SWAP facility is located at 3941 Klunk Drive, Baltimore, MD 21225.

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

Baltimore County began performing spay/neuter surgeries on shelter animals in the fall of 2013 at its main facility in Baldwin, and then opened a facility in Dundalk in the summer of 2015, and one at Southwest Area Park in December 2016. Since the inception of the spay/neuter program, the County has performed more than 20,000 procedures.

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 location, 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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017