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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 now among highest in the nation

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County’s Animal Shelter live-release rates during the first quarter of the year exceeded 90% for both cats and dogs. The County Executive mandated the collection of this data in 2014 so that Baltimore County would be able to track the success of its efforts from quarter to quarter. The County’s live-release rate now ranks among the highest in the nation.

The release rate for dogs is now 92.8%, while the rate for cats is 91.7%. By comparison, for the same period in 2014, the rates were 90.4% and 55.4%.

“I am extremely proud of everyone who has worked so hard to improve Baltimore County Animal Services,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “The fact that we are now a leader in the nation in live-release rates is very gratifying.”

“This is amazing progress,” said 1st District Councilman and Council Chair Tom Quirk. “The humane treatment of animals at our shelter has been a major focus of the County Council, and to see that a new facility, staff and programs are really making a difference is very exciting.”

“The news about the latest live release numbers at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter is simply wonderful," said Deborah Stone Hess, Chair of Baltimore County's Animal Services Advisory Commission. “Baltimore County made a decision to turn our shelter into one that could be a model for others around the nation. Clearly, the shelter and its wonderful and caring staff are accomplishing that goal, and continue to work in a compassionate and dedicated way to save lives and find homes for as many animals as possible. I congratulate Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the Baltimore County Council, and the entire Animal Services team!”

The shelter also reported that during the first quarter of 2014, the live intake of cats and dogs at the shelter was 732. In 2017, that number increased to 1200, an increase of nearly 60%.

“This has been a real team effort,” continued Kamenetz. “Our staff worked with the County Council, the Animal Services Advisory Commission and shelter volunteers to turn this program around. The most recent live release rates demonstrate that we are working diligently to find homes for healthy adoptable animals, and it is worth noting that BCAS has not euthanized a healthy adoptable animal in years.”

New facility opened in 2016

The County’s new $6.6 million, 22,400 square-foot facility opened in early 2016 and was custom designed for staff and animals. It greatly enhances the delivery of services to shelter animals and the public and essentially doubles the number of spaces for cats and dogs. It includes increased kennel space, an adoption "meet and greet" room, a surgical suite, two separate dog parks – one for shelter use and one for the public, a cat observatory and socialization 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. 

County spay and neuter services are a huge success

Baltimore County has made tremendous strides in upgrading Animal Services and reducing the population of stray animals in its communities with new low-cost spay/neuter facilities in three locations around the County, and as a result expects to reach the goal of doubling our positive results by altering 20,000 animals in the next calendar year.

Since expanding spay and neuter services to the public for dogs and cats not housed in the shelter, Baltimore County has performed more than 10,000 spay/neuter procedures. This is a key component of the County’s strategic plan to reduce the population of homeless animals throughout Baltimore County.

In addition to the main site in northern Baltimore County, Baltimore County operates two satellite spay/neuter centers in Dundalk and in Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands, greatly reducing travel time for residents, who previously had to take their pets to the County’s main Animal Services facility in Baldwin to take advantage of the County’s low-cost spay/neuter program.

All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20, by appointment only. 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, including animal restrictions on the County’s website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/spayneuter.

Free spay/neuter services for residents in many southwest and southeast zip codes

Baltimore County Animal Services has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to cover the costs of altering 1,083 dogs and cats from three specific areas in southwest Baltimore County, including zip codes 21207 (Woodlawn), 21227 (Halethorpe), 21244 (Windsor Mill). Spay/neuter surgeries will be free for residents in those identified areas, until these grant funds are depleted.

At the same time, as part of the promotion for the west side facility, the County will also offer free spay/neuter services for 1,083 dogs and cats from areas in southeast Baltimore County, in zip codes 21222 (Dundalk), 21219 (Edgemere), 21224 (Dundalk), 21221 (Essex), 21237 (Rosedale) and 21220 (Middle River).

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“I am so proud of our staff for providing such high quality service to County pets and their owners,” said Melissa Jones, V.M.D., Director of Baltimore County Animal Services. “We are committed each and every day to creating the best animal services programs in the nation.”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017