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    In the past few years, the County has replaced an outdated shelter with a modern $6.6 million facility designed to maximize adoption and improve services, and has opened satellite facilities in Dundalk and at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

    Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:33:00 GMT
  2. Social Media: A Powerful Job Search Tool

    By Courtney Brown, Department of Economic & Workforce Development

    The world of job search and networking is not the same as it was five years ago, or even two years ago. While job boards and traditional networking still exist, today many candidates are using social media to find their next position. Two-thirds of 18-34 year olds found their last job through a social network, according to the Aberdeen Group.

    Being social, virtually speaking, is the new way in the field of job searching, networking and workforce recruitment. Job seekers that know and wisely use the top social media platforms in their industries are cultivating professional brands that reach the vast, global, job market.

    Ninety-four percent of HR recruiters are active on LinkedIn, but only 36 percent of candidates are on LinkedIn, according to Jobvite.

    Job seekers should create a professional presence on social media to stand out, and consistently update their profiles to expand their network of online professional contacts and broadcast their job search goals. LinkedIn, in particular, has a setting that will alert recruiters that you are actively looking for a job, so it is even more important to keep your information and network up to date. Organizations also rely on their social network followers to share their job postings, creating an even larger network of potential candidates.

    Job seekers who want to learn how to utilize the power of social media for their job search can enroll in a free Social Media Strategies Career Development workshop offered monthly at all three Baltimore County Career Center locations. Participants learn about the importance of social media and specific strategies on how to use various platforms to attract and research employers.

    Get social, and get closer to the job you want.

    Click here for more information about how Baltimore County helps job seekers.

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:27:00 GMT
  3. Sustaining the Vision for a Clean Green County

    By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division

    Throughout his career with Baltimore County, the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz demonstrated a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment. He understood that governments, businesses and citizens must work together to find solutions that help us live and conduct business more sustainably.

    With the help of many other county employees, County Executive Kamenetz built a legacy of environmental stewardship that will have an impact on our region for generations to come.

    • Almost two billion dollars invested in water and sewer projects to provide safe, clean drinking water and responsible waste management.
    • More than $137 million in stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, reforestation and other water quality projects to preserve and restore the County’s natural infrastructure, including nearly 50,000 trees planted on 466 acres.
    • Building a new single-stream recycling facility.
    • Establishing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to reduce the County’s carbon footprint.
    • More than $68 million invested in new parks, recreation facilities and community centers.
    • Seventeen Small Watershed Action Plans developed to clean up streams and rivers and send healthier waters to the Bay.
    • Twenty four TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Implementation Plans developed in nine county watersheds to reduce waterway pollutants such as trash, bacteria, sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and mercury.
    • Creating the environmentally-focused Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page.

    Baltimore County has earned a number of recent awards for its environmental programs, including:

    • National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Awards every year from 2010 to 2017
    • Maryland Recycling Network’s Outstanding Government Leadership Award
    • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
    • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for the County’s Single Stream Recycling facility
    • Maryland Recycling Network Extraordinary Achievement Award for the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page

    By his leadership and actions, County Executive Kamenetz saw a sustainable future for our county and state, with cleaner air and water, green open spaces, abundant forests, healthy wildlife and a thriving Chesapeake Bay.

    He also had faith that we, the citizens, employees and institutions of Baltimore County, would do our part to make this vision a reality.

    The question is, what can we do today to make ours a cleaner, greener county? Find tips and resources at





    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:03:00 GMT
  4. Provisional Ballot Canvass for the 2018 Primary Election

    When and What Will be Canvassed

    At 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, the Baltimore County Board of Canvassers will start its canvass of provisional ballots cast in the 2018 Primary Election. At this time, the Board of Canvassers expects to canvass Republican provisional ballots.  The remaining provisional ballots are expected to be counted at a public meeting later this week or the week of July 9, 2018.  

    Maryland's election law allows candidates to challenge a decision to count or reject a provisional ballot.  In response to a request from a Democratic candidate for County Executive, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will provide access to the information the office uses to review each provisional ballot application.  This review process will provide the interested campaigns with the information they need to determine what, if any, provisional ballot applications determinations they may want to challenge.  

    This review process will start after the Republican provisional ballots have been counted on July 5, 2018.  Two individuals from each Democratic candidate for County Executive may attend this review.  Depending on how many provisional ballot applications the campaigns would like to review, this review may continue into Friday, July 6 and the week of July 9, 2018.  The canvass of the provisional ballot applications under review will occur at the end of the review.   

    The mission of the Baltimore County Board of Elections is to conduct fair elections and provide accurate results.  As a result of the increased number of provisional ballots cast in the 2018 Primary Election and the closeness of the Democratic nomination for County Executive, results from this election may take longer than expected but they will be accurate and considered in a way that is fair to all candidates.   

    For more information, please contact Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410.887.5700.

    Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:56:00 GMT
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