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Title: Mohler Announces Live-Release Rates Over 90% at County’s Animal Shelter

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In the past few years, the County has replaced an outdated shelter with a modern $6.6 million facility designed to maximize adoption and improve services, and has opened satellite facilities in Dundalk and at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

More information about pet adoption is available on the County website at

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.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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