18 Animal Shelters Combine Forces to Find Homes for Thousands of Unwanted Felines in the First-Ever Maryland 2,000
For Release on June 26 or Later
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Humane Society of Harford County
Fallston, MD (June 26, 2017) – To save and find homes for the thousands of homeless cats and kittens in Harford County and all across Maryland, the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) is teaming up with 17 other shelters in the state to participate in the first-ever Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.
Beginning June 27th through July 31st, HSHC will join forces with the following shelters and waive adoption fees for felines with the collective goal of finding homes for at least 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the state:
- Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County
- Anne Arundel County Animal Control
- Baltimore County Animal Control
- Baltimore Humane Society
- Caroline County Humane Society
- Cecil County Animal Services
- City of College Park Animal Control
- Frederick County Div. of Animal Control & Pet Adoption
- Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center
- Humane Society of Carroll County
- Humane Society of Kent County
- Humane Society of Washington County
- Maryland SPCA
- Prince Georges County Animal Services Division
- Talbot Humane Society
- Tri County Animal Shelter
Cat Sense Feline Hospital and Boarding will provide a free 1st physical exam certificate for adopters who adopt a feline from HSHC or any of the other shelters during July.
Cats of all ages, colors and personalities will be available for adoption, including kittens who are born during the warm summer months, known as Kitten Season.
“Kitten season is a busy time for animal shelters in Maryland,” said Cat Kelly, shelter operations director at HSHC. “This surge of kittens and moms coming into our already full shelters makes it critical that we find them all homes so we can continue to take in other cats and kittens who need our help.”
The Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland joint adoption event was organized by members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) partnering shelters, Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA.
“Each June since 2009, the four BAWA shelters held the Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives to collectively find homes for at least 500 felines in the Baltimore area,” explained Jim Peirce, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “With so many cats across the state needing homes, BAWA reached out to shelters all across Maryland asking them to join us in a new statewide adoption event, the Maryland 2,000.”
Cats and kittens adopted from HSHC include a distemper vaccination (FVRCP for cats), a rabies vaccination (if the kitty is at least 3 months old), FeLV (feline leukemia) & FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) testing, de-wormer, flea & tick preventative, a microchip, a free sample of Hill’s Science Diet dry food, and a general exam. Regular adoption procedures still apply. If the cat or kitten selected is not already spayed or neutered, a $50 deposit for a HASP (Harford Animal Sterilization Program) certificate is required. Adopters will be provided with a certificate for the surgical procedure and a list of participating veterinarians. The fee is refunded upon completion of the procedure within 60 days.
The Humane Society of Harford County is located at 2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, MD 21047.
About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Your tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community.
About the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance BAWA
In order to better serve the animals and people of the Baltimore community, the major animal welfare organizations in Baltimore— Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter(BARCS), Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA, came together to form the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) in 2008. The founding organizations work together to save animals’ lives. Joint efforts include adoption events, spaying and neutering animals, and transporting animals in need from one shelter to another so that fewer pets are euthanized.