By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s time for the Baltimore 500, and we’re not talking about a car race.

Ron Matz has more on why June is a great time to adopt a cat or kitten in the Baltimore area.

If you’ve always wanted a cat or kitten, this is the perfect time to adopt one. The Baltimore 500 offers free adoptions in June. It’s sponsored by the shelters which make up the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance.

“The Baltimore 500 is an event we have with our Alliance shelters: the Maryland SPCA, the Baltimore Humane Society and BARCS. We have a goal of having 500 cats and kittens adopted in the month of June. And throughout the month, adoption fees are waived,” said Aileen Gabbey, Executive Director of the SPCA.

Baltimore animal shelters are overflowing with cats right now. There are too many to choose from at the SPCA.

“We have a wide range of colors and sizes. We have big cats if that’s kind of your thing, and we have some very petite cats. Every cat is unique. They have really wonderful quirks that they show us here in the shelter,” said Maryland SPCA animal care technician, Alisa Beverley.

Mary Lou is only 2 months old, and she needs a home.

“Summertime is known as kitten season in the animal welfare world. We have a lot of cats and kittens who become homeless, so we try to encourage adoptions at this time of year,” said Gabbey.

Looking for a home, a new friend and a chance to save a life.

“We get a ton of cats and kittens this time of year. This is our attempt to help to find really good homes for these homeless cats. Come on down, take a good look. They’re wonderful and really want a new home,” said Beverley.

“Last year during the Baltimore 500 the three Alliance shelters adopted out 580 cats and kittens. Since we started this promotion in 2009, over 1,700 cats and kittens have been saved. Everybody wins; they get a cat or kitten and a life is saved,” said Gabbey.

For more information on how you can adopt a cat or kitten, click here.


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