BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Get your engines set for the Baltimore 500. It’s not a car race, but rather a race to adopt out at least 500 cats this month.

Andrea Fujii explains why Maryland shelters say it’s so important this time of year.

“Meow.”  That’s cat for “Take me home.”

June is the most affordable month to adopt a cat from the Maryland SPCA, the Baltimore Humane Society or BARCS Animal Shelter during the Baltimore 500.

“Hopefully adopt out over 500 cats and kittens with no adoption fee attached,” said Katie Flory, MSPCA.

Last year the shelters adopted out 581 cats in June and hope to beat that number this year.

“We are in kitten season and so many kittens are coming in to our shelter that no shelter has space for them,” said Flory.

Storm was left at an animal hospital and workers say each one of the cats has their own sad story.

To the animal shelters, the recession is alive and well. The Baltimore Humane Society brought in one-third more animals than this time last year.

“Gas prices are up and the economy is not doing well. It’s really hitting shelters hard,” said Elizabeth Silber, Baltimore Humane Society.

They say now is the time to give a voice to the voiceless.

“Please come out to any one of the three shelters and look for your friend for life,” said Flory.

Though there is no adoption fee in June, microchipping and licensing will cost about $30. All cats are spayed and neutered and up-to-date with vaccinations.

Comments (2)
  1. Tammy says:

    Thank you for reporting on and promoting this life saving effort. As a fan of the Baltimore Humane Society, I am always glad to see any one of their many efforts to help the pets and people in our region and also to see this collaborative effort between BHS, BARCS and MDSPCA. My only question is, why is Baltimore County Animal Control not part-taking in this programt. This is a fully tax funded shelter that should be looking for just such opportunities. By not being part of programs like this, our county, our citizens (tax payers) and most of all, the animals all lose. What a shame.

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