Fees for cat, kitten adoptions to be waived through July
QUEENSTOWN — To save and find homes for the thousands of homeless cats and kittens in Queen Anne’s County and all across Maryland, the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County is teaming up with 15 other shelters in the state to participate in the first-ever Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.
From July 1 through July 31, AWL and the participating shelters will be waiving adoption fees for felines with the collective goal of finding homes for at least 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the state. Other participating shelters on the Mid-Shore include Caroline County Humane Society and Talbot Humane Society. Anne Arundel Animal Control is also participating.
Cats of all ages and personalities will be available for adoption, including kittens who are born during the warm summer months, known as kitten season.
“Kitten season is a busy time for animal shelters in Maryland,” said Suzanne Hogan, executive director of AWL. “This surge of kittens and moms coming into our already full shelters makes it critical that we find them all homes so we can continue to take in other cats and kittens who need our help.”
The Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland joint adoption event was organized by members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance partnering shelters, Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA.
“Each June since 2009, the four BAWA shelters held the Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives to collectively find homes for at least 500 felines in the Baltimore area,” said Jim Peirce, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “With so many cats across the state needing homes, BAWA reached out to shelters all across Maryland asking them to join us in a new statewide adoption event, the Maryland 2,000.”
Regular adoption procedures still apply. For more information about adopting from AWL or more information about the Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland, visit www.awlqac.org or go to Animal Welfare League’s Facebook page.
Established in 2013, the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County is the county’s only open-admission shelter with a mission to foster a community working together to improve and save the lives of homeless animals while setting a standard of excellence and leadership in animal care, humane education and progressive animal welfare programs.
AWL, as an animal health and welfare vendor to the county, accepts all domestic animals relinquished by local citizens, as well as stray and impounded domestic animals transferred from Queen Anne’s County Animal Control.
AWL is located at 201 Clay Drive, Queenstown, and is open for visiting adoptable animals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Suzanne Hogan, executive director of Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, provided the county commissioners with an update about the county’s only open-admission shelter during its Tuesday, June 13, meeting in Centreville.
Fees are waived for all feline adoptions during July.