State-wide cat adop­tion event ex­ceeds goal

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Twenty Mary­land an­i­mal shel­ters ex­ceeded their com­bined goal and found new homes for 2,590 home­less cats and kit­tens dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual, statewide Mary­land 2,000 Sav­ing Lives Across Mary­land adop­tion pro­mo­tion that waived all adop­tion fees for the en­tire month of July. This was an in­crease in 195 fe­line adop­tions from last year’s in­au­gu­ral event.

The event was con­ducted in part­ner­ship with shel­ters across the state, in­clud­ing Bal­ti­more County An­i­mal Ser­vices, Bal­ti­more Hu­mane So­ci­ety and BARCS, among many oth­ers.

“An­i­mal shel­ters in Mary­land see an in­crease in un­wanted cats and kit­tens dur­ing the sum­mer months,” said Katie Flory, direc­tor of com­mu­nity re­la­tions at the Mary­land SPCA.

“Be­cause it’s crit­i­cal that we find them all homes so shel­ters can con­tinue to take in ad­di­tional home­less pets, Bal­ti­more County An­i­mal Ser­vices, Bal­ti­more Hu­mane So­ci­ety, BARCS and the Mary­land SPCA — all mem­bers of the Bal­ti­more An­i­mal Wel­fare Alliance —part­nered to­gether and once again this year in­vited other Mary­land shel­ters to join us in one statewide, month-long adop­tion event—the Mary­land 2,000 with a goal of find­ing homes for 2,000 cats and kit­tens.”

“Hav­ing shel­ters work to­gether to col­lec­tively rais­ing aware­ness about shel­ter over­crowd­ing was key in find­ing thou­sands of cats and kit­tens lov­ing, new homes,” said stated Melissa Jones, V.M.D., direc­tor of Bal­ti­more County An­i­mal Ser­vices. “The amaz­ing out­pour of sup­port from peo­ple liv­ing in com­mu­ni­ties all across Mary­land and even out of state, made this year’s Mary­land 2,000 the most suc­cess­ful yet.”

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