Project Adopt

Katie Flory, volunteer manager and Bobbi the kitten at the opening of the new pet adoption center at White Marsh Mall (Photo by Shelley Silwick / November 23, 2013)

A group of about 40 people gathered Saturday for the Maryland SPCA’s ribbon cutting and grand opening of Project Adopt at White Marsh Mall.

The society’s off-site adoption center is open on the upper level next to JC Penney’s, and offers cats and kittens for adoption.

Project Adopt’s hours are Friday and Saturday, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of the year.

“We’re hoping to get a good reception from the community,” said Aileen Gabbey, executive director. “The Maryland SPCA does not receive any operating funding from the government or the ASPCA. We rely on community support to save pets’ lives.

“We’re excited about this new project and would love to see this new adoption center become a permanent one,” she said, adding, “We will need community support in order to secure a long-term lease.”

A donation receptacle is located on the counter for those wishing to make ma donation to aid the nonprofit’s work. Donations are tax deductible.

According to gabbey, the Maryland SPCA finds homes for more than 3,000 homeless pets each year, and the group hopes to save even more through Project Adopt.

Regular adoption procedures still apply at the new White Marsh Mall location -- all cats and kittens have been medically assessed, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped so they can go home with new families the day they are adopted.

Adoption fees of $55 for cats and $100 for kittens under 6 months of age apply. Also, a $17 Pet ID Package is required that includes a microchip, collar and personalized ID tags. The store also has T-shirts, calendars and other items for sale.

The Maryland SPCA has no time limit to how long a pet can stay in their adoption program.

For more information on Project Adopt, go to www.mdspca.org or call 410-235-8826.

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