State-wide cat adoption event exceeds goal
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.”