Buster, a young tuxedo male, was adopted yesterday at BARCS!
Buster, a six-month-old tuxedo male, was adopted yesterday at BARCS!

Spring and summer are affectionately known as “kitten season” in the shelter world, but the cute nametag belies the seriousness of the pet population problem here at home in Baltimore as well as around the nation and across the globe.

That’s why the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, aka BARCS, Baltimore Humane Society, and the Maryland SPCA banded together back in 2009 to hold the first annual Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives. Each shelter — all three are members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance or BAWA – vowed to waive adoption fees for the month of June, with a group goal to save 500 unwanted felines by finding them good homes.

In 2009 and 2010, the shelter workers met their ambitious goal and then some; in 2011, an impressive 580 cats were adopted out; in 2012, a record 769 cat and kittens claimed owners.

So if you’re in the mood and ready mode to adopt a cat, please remember to care about pet overpopulation and choose a shelter animal. And do act fast because all month long at these area shelters, not only will you skip the adoption fee, you’ll also receive a free vet visit to CHAT, the Cat Hospital at Towson. And, of course, you’ll ease overcrowding at its worst time of year.

The process is straightforward and simple (I can vouch for that). Cats are given a rabies vaccination and screened for diseases prior to release – and they may already be spayed and neutered, depending on shelter policy.

Addresses and adoption/visitation hours:


3300 Falls Road 21211

Monday and Tuesday: 2:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
Wednesday thru Friday: noon—5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Visiting hours end 15 minutes prior to closing.


301 Stockholm Street 21230

Monday thru Friday: 2 p.m.—6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Baltimore Humane Society

1601 Nicodemus Road 21136

Tuesday thru Sunday: noon—6 p.m.

After a long day: Buster snoozed out in his new digs.
After a long day: Buster snoozed out in his new digs.