The Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Humane Society, and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) have exceeded their goal of finding homes for at least 500 homeless cats and kittens during their annual Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives free cat adoption event. Yet, fewer cats and kittens have been adopted so far, this June, compared to the number of adoptions that took place last year. With just a few days left in the Baltimore 500, the three shelters, which form the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA), are urging people to visit their adoption centers and adopt a cat or kitten in June.
“While we’re so happy that 548 cats and kittens have been adopted so far during this year’s Baltimore 500, we were at 578 adoptions at this point last year,” said Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA.
“Sadly, there are cats and kittens that enter our shelters every day,” said Jen Swanson, executive director of the Baltimore Humane Society. “We need the community’s help in finding homes for these helpless and homeless pets.”
In addition to the waived adoption fee, all cats and kittens available for adoption are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Baltimore 500 adopters will also receive a goody bag and a free wellness exam for their cat/kitten from the Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT). All regular adoption procedures apply.
“A cat or kitten can make a wonderful addition to a family,” said Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS. “We urge people to considering adopting a cat or kitten and take advantage of the waived adoption fee in June.”
Last year, 703 cats and kittens found new homes during the Baltimore 500, and since the inaugural event in 2009, there have been 3,255 adoptions.
To learn more about the Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives, visit the Maryland SPCA at www.mdspca.org, Baltimore Humane Society at www.bmorehumane.org or Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) at www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org. The event is sponsored by Cat Hospital At Towson.
The Maryland SPCA is located at 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211; the Baltimore Humane Society is located at 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136; and BARCS is located at 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230.
About the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance:
In order to better serve the animals and people of the Baltimore community, the major animal welfare organizations in Baltimore—the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Humane Society, and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter 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.
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