Baltimore 500 aims to find cats, kittens loving homes during month of June

BALTIMORE - They're cute, fuzzy and taking over animal shelters.  It's kitten season and shelters need your helping finding them loving homes.

This is the sixth year for the Baltimore 500, an adoption program through the Maryland SPCA, the Baltimore Humane Society and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).  Their goal is to adopt out 500 cats and kittens by the end of the month.  To sweeten the deal, their waiving the adoption fees for cats and kittens.

"Working together is going to help us have a larger impact and be able to save more lives," said Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS.

Cats usually outnumber dogs in a shelter and tend not to get adopted as quickly.  They don't have the smiley "pick me" face or wagging tails, but they'll show you love and affection just the same.

"This is a good time to come into the three animal shelters and take some time to meet the cats and their different personalities," said Tina Regester with the Maryland SPCA.

To make sure your new friend starts off on the right paw, the Cat Hospital at Towson is providing the first wellness exam with every cat adoption, free of charge.

To learn more about the Baltimore 500 event, visit the Maryland SPCA at www.mdspca.org , the Baltimore Humane Society at www.bmorehumane.org or BARCS at www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org .

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