Fees for cat, kit­ten adop­tions to be waived through July

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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.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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