Fallston, MD (May 31, 2016) – To save lives and find homes for hundreds of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the community, the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) will be holding its eighth 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.
And new this year, Baltimore County Animal Services will be participating in the Baltimore 500 as a BAWA member, and for the first time, the Humane Society of Harford County will also be participating in the month-long adoption promotion.
To kick-off the start of the Baltimore 500, Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT), who is the Baltimore 500 sponsor, will be hosting a Kick-Off Party and Free Adoption Day event on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All five adoption centers will have cats and kittens available for adoption at the event, and they will be waiving adoption fees. CHAT is located at 6701 York Road, Towson, MD 21212.
“All of these animal shelters do an amazing job of saving and caring for thousands of homeless pets year-round in our community,” said Dr. Jane Brunt, DVM, founder of the Cat Hospital At Towson. “A Kick-Off Adoption Day is a fun way to get all of the shelters and members of the community together for the start of the month-long Baltimore 500.”
The goal for this year’s Baltimore 500 is to find homes for at least 500 homeless cats and kittens between all five 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 CHAT. All regular adoption procedures apply.
“We are now in ‘kitten season’ when there is a surge of unwanted kittens entering animal shelters that are already full with cats needing homes,” said Byron Logan, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “It’s critical that we find homes for all of them.”
Last year, 805 cats and kittens found new homes during the Baltimore 500, and since the inaugural event in 2009, there have been 4,695 adoptions.
“A cat or kitten can make a wonderful addition to a family,” said Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS. “Now is a great time to adopt a feline—we encourage people to take advantage of the waived adoption fees at the five shelters and help save a life.”
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is located at 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230; Baltimore County Animal Services is located at 13800 Manor Rd., Baldwin, MD 21013. Baltimore Humane Society is located at 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136; the Maryland SPCA is located at 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211; the Humane Society of Harford County is located at 2208 Connolly Rd., Fallston, MD 21047.
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.
About Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT)
Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT) was established in 1984 as the first feline-only veterinary practice in Maryland. CHAT provides health and wellness care for companion cats with a team of compassionate, committed and competent cat-loving professionals. Recognized as a leader in the veterinary community, CHAT has achieved accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association by maintaining rigorous standards, and has been designated at the highest level of “Cat-Friendly Practice” by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. “Caring for cats and the people who love them” is the mission of CHAT which supports and partners with local organizations to promote the health, welfare and well-being of all cats. For more information, visit www.catdoc.com.
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.