Lulu needs a home

Lulu needs a home (Photo courtesy of MD SPCA / August 8, 2013)

August can seem to languish, but the dog days are really long for homeless pets who've been laying around shelters for a long time. To help those pooches find their forever homes, the Maryland SPCA has reduced or waived adoption fees for its long-timers.

Dogs can become long-timers for a number of reasons: they're shy or overly exuberant when meeting new people (which can be a symptom of waiting a long time to meet their lifetime loves), they're not as cute as puppies, they're not more popular breeds, or there are just too many homeless dogs competing with them for the attention of shelter visitors. But their time in the shelter is not a reflection of what kind of pet they'll be, and lots of dogs who turn out to be perfect family members are stuck in crates and cages for a long time before being adopted.

Lulu, pictured above, is just one of the sweet dogs looking for homes in the Dog Days of Summer program, which will place her with a family for a lower-than-normal adoption fee -- some dogs are available for just the $17 pet ID package. Regular adoption procedures apply. For more information, visit the shelter at 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, or mdspca.org.