Shelters across Maryland offering free cat adoptions throughout July

For The Baltimore Sun

If you’ve been on the fence about getting a cat, July might be the time to pounce.

For the second year in a row, 20 shelters across the state are waiving adoption fees for cats and kittens during July, according to a news release from the Maryland SPCA.

Those who adopt cats or kittens from the Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society, BARCS or the Maryland SPCA will receive a certificate for a free feline wellness exam at The Cat Hospital at Towson, the presenting sponsor for this year’s “Maryland 2,000” initiative.

The SPCA partnered with Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and BARCS to launch the event last year and this July. Last year, 2,395 cats or kittens were adopted, according to the Maryland SPCA.

Summer is one of the busiest times for shelters, which see “a huge influx of kittens and cats,” according to the releasereleased last month.

“It’s critical that we find homes for the cats and kittens currently in our shelters, so we can continue to take in and save other felines who need our help,” Nichole Miller, director of operations at the Maryland SPCA, said in the release. “The Maryland 2,000 is a way for our shelters to come together to raise awareness about how overcrowded shelters are during ‘Kitten Season’ — when most kittens are born — and to ultimately save lives.”

Here’s a list of the participating shelters:

» Allegany County Animal Shelter

» Animal League of Queen Anne’s County

» Anne Arundel County Animal Control

» Baltimore County Animal Services

» Baltimore Humane Society

» BARCS

» Baywater Animal Rescue

» Cecil County Animal Services

» City of College Park Animal Control

» Frederick County Division of Animal Control & Adoptions

» Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center

» Humane Society of Carroll County

» Humane Society of Harford County

» Humane Society of Kent County

» Humane Society of Washington County

» Maryland SPCA

» Prince George County Animal Services Division

» Talbot County Humane Society

» Tri-County Animal Shelter

» Wicomico County Humane Society

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