“Hoping for permanent home”: Baltimore County animal shelter deals with influx of homeless animals

Adopting a pet from can provide a loving home for an animal in need

Baltimore County’s animal shelter is currently facing an overflow of animals and is seeking the help of families who are interested in fostering or adopting pets. The shelter, located in Baldwin, is mainly accommodating dogs, with 41 of them awaiting homes in a room designed for 27.

The shelter has received over 1,400 dogs and cats during the first few months of 2023, which averages to around 16 pets per day. This influx of strays and pet surrenders has caused a significant increase in the number of animals staying at the shelter.

The Baltimore County Animal Service’s shelter is the only open-access animal shelter in the county, and they have a responsibility to accept all animals, even if they’re already beyond capacity. The shelter also takes in various other species such as rabbits, lizards, and snakes, like the seven snakes left in a bag outside a business last month.

In a bid to promote pet adoptions, the shelter is currently waiving dog adoption fees until Sunday, which coincides with National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Besides this, there are several other benefits of adopting a pet from Baltimore County, including already spayed and neutered animals, fully vaccinated, de-wormed, microchipped, and provided with a county license if residing in the county.

The Chief of BCAS, Carrie McCloskey, mentioned that families abandon their pets because to hardships and that they are looking for the best homes for them. Adopting a pet from the shelter can provide a loving home for an animal in need while also benefiting the family with a new furry friend.

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