Pet Adoptions Are Up, But Many More Need Homes

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The year 2010 ended with a bang–or a bark—at one city shelter.  Despite a slow economy, adoptions were significantly up.

But, as Andrea Fujii explains, there are still lots of animals that need homes.

In 2010, 3,300 dogs and cats were adopted from BARCS animal shelter, up 13 percent from 2009.

“It’s really great because every year, our numbers go up, but this year, they went up such a tremendous amount,” said manager Debra Rahl.

They take in 33 animals every day, but in a slow economy, people are adopting, thanks to monthly specials.

“It’s only a dollar to adopt a cat or dog that’s been at the shelter for over a week,” Rahl said.

Mitchell Nadelberg’s family is looking for another dog. They’re excited to take advantage of the $1 special.

“Feels better when you can adopt a dog, give a dog a second chance,” Nadelberg said.

As the new year starts, workers say pet supply donations drop off and they could always use more donations of towels, paper towels and bleach.

The Baltimore Humane Society also saw an increase in adoptions in 2010.  Due to construction at the Maryland SPCA, their adoptions were slightly down.

  • Doug

    We got Dawn,the mutt,from the Fallston shelter,13 years ago.
    She may out live us,she’s living so well.

  • emily chalmers

    I was at BARCS yesterday looking for a cat and had to choose among 3 or 4 beautiful animals. IIt was really tough to have to leave some of them behind. I hope that people will go there and adopt a cat or two–they really need homes and love.

  • Cee

    My dog is an MD SPCA adoptee and she is one of the best things to ever happen to me. I don’t know who saved who! I hope more people will donate supplies or adopt one of these awesome animals.

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