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Waived Cat Adoption Fees in July for Maryland 2,000

To save and find homes for the thousands of homeless cats and kittens in Washington County and all across Maryland, Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is teaming up with 19 other shelters in the state to participate in the second annual Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.

Beginning July 1st through July 31st, HSWC and the participating shelters will be waiving adoption fees for felines with the collective goal of finding homes for at least 2,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the state:

Allegany County Animal Shelter, Animal League of Queen Anne’s County, Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society, BARCS, Baywater Animal Rescue, Cecil County Animal Services, City of College Park Animal Control, Frederick County Division of Animal Control & Adoptions, Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center, Humane Society of Carroll County, Humane Society of Harford County, Humane Society of Kent County, Maryland SPCA, Prince George County Animal Services Division, Talbot County Humane Society, Tri-County Animal Shelter and Wicomico County Humane Society.

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.

“Kitten season is a busy time for animal shelters in Maryland,” said Sonia Nicholson, Director of Animal Admissions and Foster Care, HSWC. “This surge of kittens and moms coming into our already full shelters makes it critical that we find them all homes so we can continue to take in other cats and kittens who need our help.”

In addition to adopting at the HSWC, cats and kittens will be available at the following adoption events:

July 7 - PetSmart Adoption Event @ Hagerstown PetSmart, 11 am – 3 pm
July 21 – PetSmart Adoption Event @ Hagerstown PetSmart, 11 am – 3 pm
July 29 – Dog Days of Summer Pooch Parade & BarkFest @ Hagerstown YMCA, 11 am – 1 pm

The Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland is being 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.

Presenting sponsor Cat Hospital At Towson (CHAT) and the following veterinary practices in Maryland will be offering free wellness exams to Maryland 2,000 adopters: A Cat Clinic, Arnold Veterinary Hospital, Brentwood Animal Hospital, Calvert Veterinary Center, Cat Sense Feline Hospital, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Homeward Bound Mobile Vet, Metropolitan Cat Hospital, VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge, VCA Lewis Animal Hospital and VCA Peachtree Animal Hospital.

Last year, participating shelters collectively surpassed the goal of the Maryland 2,000 and found homes for 2,395 cats and kittens during the inaugural year.

Regular adoption procedures still apply. 

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.


Q: What is the Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives across Maryland?

  • It is a month-long adoption event taking place amongst 20 animal shelters in Maryland who will be waiving their adoption fees for felines to help find homes for at least 2,000 cats and kittens in July.
  • This is the second year for the Maryland 2,000, and we’re excited to be part of this life-saving event.


Q: How did the Maryland 2,000 come about?

  • Four shelters in the Baltimore area (BARCS, Baltimore County Animal Services, Baltimore Humane Society and the Maryland SPCA), all members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA), hold joint events to help pets and people.
  • Each summer, they partnered together for the Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives month-long adoption event to find new homes for at least 500 felines in their community.
  • Knowing that shelters all across Maryland are struggling to find homes for cats and kittens, the BAWA partners expanded their event by reaching out to shelters all across Maryland inviting them to participate in the Maryland 2,000.


Q: When does the Maryland 2,000 take place?

  • It starts on July 1st and continues through July 31st.


Q: Why is the Maryland 2,000 taking place in July?

  • The late spring and summer months are known as Kitten Season when most unaltered female cats have litters of kittens.
  • Animal shelters see an influx of cats and kittens being surrendered during Kitten Season.


Q: Why should people adopt a feline during the Maryland 2,000?

  • Our shelters are full of unwanted kittens and adult cats who need loving homes.
  • People who adopt are helping two pets—the cat they adopt and the cat we now have room for in our shelter.
  • Adopting during the Maryland 2,000 is a win-win for the pets and their adopters. The pets find new homes, and the adoption fees are waived for adopters.
  • 12 vet practices in Maryland will provide a free wellness exam if you adopt a cat or kitten from a participating Maryland 2,000 shelter in July.
  • Cats and kittens make wonderful companions. We have cats of all ages, types and personalities waiting to be adopted—come meet them!


Q: How can I adopt a cat during the Maryland 2,000?

  • While all 20 shelters are waiving adoptions fees, regular adoption procedures will still apply at each shelter.
  • For any specific questions, please contact the individual shelter.