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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.


By Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Health Officer and Director, Department of Health

Are you someone who likes to start the New Year on a promising note? Have you fallen into the trap of making goals or resolutions that you cannot meet? Well, Baltimore County has a number of tools that may be just the thing for you!

If you live, work, or play in Baltimore County, use the following tips to become a STAR and shoot towards a healthier you. If some of the tips don't apply to you, don't sweat it. Instead, share them with someone you know who could benefit from them.

 

Stop Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting or want to quit, Baltimore County has a number of different programs at various times and locations that may work for you. And, even better our smoking cessation classes are free.

Take the Test

What you don’t know could hurt you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 13 to 64 know their status. You can get free, anonymous testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases at a Department of Health clinic. Sharing this information is great, spreading an infection is not.

Adopt a Pet

Owning a pet can help reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, it’s a great antidote for loneliness that can also increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.

There are numerous pets in Baltimore County that are in need of someone who will love and care for them. Consider opening your heart and home to an adoptable pet.

Remember to Schedule Routine Appointments

Women can take care of their cervical and breast health by scheduling an annual mammogram and routine Pap test. These screenings may be available free of charge to income eligible women. Men, take care of the women you love, by reminding them to schedule these live-saving tests. Remember to schedule prostate exams and colonoscopies as well.

For more information about these tips, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services by calling 410-887-BCHD (2243).


New Mobile Adoption Center to Debut this Fall

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz invites animal lovers to suggest possible names for the County’s new mobile adoption center that will visit communities, beginning this fall, to offer convenient opportunities for people to adopt pets from Baltimore County Animal Services.

“We are very proud of our success in increasing the rates of adoptions and live releases from our animal shelter and this new mobile unit is another tool that will help us find good homes for our adoptable pets,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We are excited to see what clever ideas people come up with.”

The County launched the naming contest today on Facebook and will review submissions received over the next week, posting the three best suggestions so the public can vote for their favorite one. Online suggestions must be posted as a comment on the original Facebook post, or people may email them to animalservices@baltimorecountymd.gov or stop by Baltimore County Animal Services in Baldwin.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017