Baltimore 500: 4 Cat Shelters Offer Free Adoptions All Month Long

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Baltimore500-logo-color2015It’s June and time for the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) annual Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives adoption promotion. During the month of June, national Adopt-A-Cat month, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), Baltimore Humane Society, and the Maryland SPCA—all members of BAWA—will waive their adoption fees for cats and kittens.

The goal for this year’s Baltimore 500 is to find homes for at least 500 homeless cats and kittens between all four organizations. All cats and kittens available for adoption are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Baltimore 500 adopters will receive a goody bag as well as a free wellness exam for their cat or kitten from the Cat Hospital at Towson, or CHAT on York Road. All regular adoption procedures apply.

“We are now in ‘kitten season’ when there is a surge of adorable, unwanted kittens entering animal shelters that are already full with cats needing homes,” said Jen Swanson, executive director of the Baltimore Humane Society. “We encourage people to consider adopting their first cat or adding another cat to their family during this time when the need is so great.”

Last year, more than 600 cats and kittens found new homes during the Baltimore 500, and since the inaugural event in 2009, there have been 3,890 adoptions.

“A cat can make a wonderful addition to a family,” said Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS.  “We hope people will take advantage of the waived adoption fees at the four shelters and take home a friend for life.”

To learn more about the Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives, visit Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) at, Baltimore Humane Society at, the Maryland SPCA, or Baltimore County Animal Services

Edited from Press Release

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