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HSWC Participating in Statewide Cat Adoption Event

16 Maryland Animal Shelters Combine Forces to Find Homes for Thousands of Unwanted Felines in the First-Ever Maryland 2,000

HAGERSTOWN —(June 29, 2017)—To save and find homes for the thousands of homeless cats and kittens in Hagerstown and all across Maryland, the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is partnering  with 15 other shelters to participate in the first-ever Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.

From July 1 to July 31, HSWC and the participating shelters will waive adoption fees for felines with the collective goal of finding homes for at least 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the state.

Cats of all ages and personalities will be available for adoption, including kittens who are born during the warm summer months, known as “kitten season.”

“I’m proud to be collaborating with animal shelters throughout Maryland to promote feline adoption,” said Ellen Taylor, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HSWC. “During the summer months our shelter receives hundreds of unwanted cats and kittens.  These beautiful animals deserve great homes and I’m confident Washington County animal lovers will come forward to provide them.”

The Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland joint adoption event was organized by members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) partnering shelters, Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA.

“Each June since 2009, the four BAWA shelters held the Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives to collectively find homes for at least 500 felines in the Baltimore area,” explained Jim Peirce, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “With so many cats across the state needing homes, BAWA reached out to shelters all across Maryland asking them to join us in a new statewide adoption event, the Maryland 2,000.”

To celebrate the initiative, the HSWC will host several unique events throughout the month of July:

July 1 and 2 – Petco Mega Adoption Event @ Hagerstown Petco, 11 am – 4 pm
July 6 – Kids Reading to Cats + Face Painting @ HSWC, 1 pm – 4 pm (registration required)
July 8 – Yoga with Cats @ HSWC, 10 am – 11 am ($10 per person; registration required)
July 12 – Purrs & Pints @ HSWC, 6 pm – 8 pm ($10 per person; registration required)
July 13 – Kids Reading to Cats + Face Painting @ HSWC, 1 pm -  4pm (registration required)
July 15 – Low Cost Rabies Clinic @ Clear Spring Elementary School, 10 am – 2 pm
July 15 –Adoption Event @ Cushwa Brewing Company, 12 pm – 4 pm
July 20 – Kids Reading to Cats + Face Painting @ HSWC, 1 pm -  4 pm (registration required)
July 21 – Adoption Event @ Debbie’s Ice Cream in Smithsburg, 5 pm – 8 pm
July 27 – Kids Reading to Cats + Face Painting @ HSWC, 1 pm – 4 pm (registration required)
July 29 and 30 – PetSmart Mega Adoption Event @ Hagerstown PetSmart, 11 am -  4 pm

To schedule a time slot for Kids Reading to Cats + Face Painting, please call 301-733-2060. Limited space available.

To register for Yoga with Cats or Purrs & Pints, please email your name, address, phone number and the number of people who will be attending with you to CBerry@hswcmd.org.  Limited space available.

The HSWC is also hosting a special “GeoCat” competition, with a $250 cash prize for the winner.  A play on geocaching, participants are to look for clues on HSWC’s social media throughout July to determine the location of the giant GeoCat, Tom, who is tomcatting around Washington County to raise awareness for cat adoption and Maryland 2000. Tom will appear at six locations in Washington County from July 1 – 28. Participants must take a selfie with Tom at four out of the six locations and submit all photos upon completion to contest@hswcmd.org with their name, address, telephone number, email address, and GeoCat locations.

Qualified participants will be entered in a drawing to win $250, which represents the 250 felines the HSWC plans to find homes for as their part in Maryland 2000. The winner will be announced August 1 at noon on the HSWC Facebook page.

Regular adoption procedures still apply. For more information about adopting from HSWC or more information about the Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland, visit www.hswcmd.org.

About Humane Society of Washington County:

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to promote the welfare of companion and domestic animals through educational programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, endorse fostering, enrich adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.

About the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance BAWA:

In order to better serve the animals and people of the Baltimore community, the major animal welfare organizations in Baltimore— Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter(BARCS), Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA, came together to form the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) in 2008. The founding organizations work together to save animals’ lives. Joint efforts include adoption events, spaying and neutering animals, and transporting animals in need from one shelter to another so that fewer pets are euthanized.