Baltimore 500: Race to save lives!

During the month of May, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), Baltimore Humane Society, and the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MD SPCA) will be conducting a Baltimore 500 promotion with a goal of getting 500 cats and kittens adopted. From May 1 to 31, 2010 all three participating shelters will be offering no-fee adoptions. Regular adoption procedures will apply. Adopters will get a loving companion and will have the satisfaction of knowing they have saved the life of a cat or kitten. Cats are “seasonal” which means they tend to have kittens during the late Spring and Summer. During this period shelters are inundated with cats and kittens arriving by the box loads. This is the busiest time of year for animal shelters in the Baltimore area.

Participating shelters are
· Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)
301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore
410 396-4695
Adoption Hours:
Monday through Friday – 2 pm to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11 am to 4 pm

· Maryland SPCA
300 Falls Road, Baltimore
410 235-8826
Adoption Hours:
Monday and Tuesday – 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Wednesday through Friday – noon to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11 am to 4 pm

· Baltimore Humane Society
1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown
410 833-8848
Adoption Hours
Tuesday through Sunday – noon to 6 pm

Here are some great reasons to consider adopting a cat or kitten during this promotion:
· Adopters will get a loving companion for life, who has been spayed or neutered, and vaccinated for rabies.
· If you already have a cat or kitten you should consider getting it a companion. Most cats and kittens are very social and enjoy the companionship of other cats or kittens.
· Cats and kittens are more self-sufficient than dogs and better suited for households where people work longer hours.
· Studies have demonstrated that having a cat can have important health benefits for people. Cats have been demonstrated to reduce incidents of depression and to reduce your blood pressure.
· Many cats who are available for adoption have lived in a home environment and will adjust quickly to a new home.

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