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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.


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