Baltimore animal shelters pushing for 500 cat adoptions in June

BALTIMORE - Three of Maryland’s most recognizable animal rescues are teaming up again with the mission of finding homes for 500 cats during the month of June—also known as "kitten season."

The aptly named “Baltimore 500: The Race to Save Lives” is entering its sixth year. During the month of June, adoption fees are waived for cats at the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Humane Society or Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), the shelters comprising the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance.

"We are now in 'kitten season' when there is a surge of adorable, unwanted kittens entering animal shelters that are already full with cats needing homes," Jen Swanson, executive director of the Baltimore County Humane Society, said in a release.  "Our goal is to find forever homes for at least 500 homeless cats and kittens in our shelters throughout June, so we encourage people to consider adopting their first cat or adding to their family."

The program exceeded expectations in 2013 with more than 700 cat adoptions. In its six years, 3,255 cats have been adopted.

"A cat can make a wonderful addition to a family," Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS, said in a release. "We hope people will take advantage of the waived adoption fees at the three shelters and take home a friend for life."

More from the release:

All cats and kittens available for adoption are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Baltimore 500 adopters will receive a goody bag as well as a free wellness exam for their cat/kitten from the Cat Hospital at Towson (CHAT).  All regular adoption procedures apply.

The Maryland SPCA is located at 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211; Baltimore Humane Society is located at 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136; and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is located at 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230.

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