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October 11, 2011
Editor: I am responding to the letter written by Jennifer Brown, PETA investigator, published Sept. 30 I the Open Forum. I fully agree that spaying/neutering is the best long-term answer to pet overpopulation, however, I disagree that no-kill shelter policies lead to animal suffering. I work at shelters both in Maryland and in Colorado, one is a no-kill the other a county Humane Society operation where euthanasia may be used, but is rarely. The no-kill I work for will not adopt out any animal without spaying/neutering first.
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ByJoe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Officials at an animal rescue center in Harwood said Friday they are housing the feral cat that last week prompted closure of Richard Henry Lee Elmentary School in Glen Burnie. Anne Arundel County school officials had spotted the cat last Friday and, after failing to capture it, closed the school over concerns that students might be bitten or scratched. The cat was finally caught Sept. 2 by county animal control officials. On Friday, officials from Rude Ranch Animal Rescue in Harwood, a volunteer-based nonprofit, said animal rescue had brought the feline to its facility.
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October 31, 2013
I was bewildered that a new Baltimore County Animal Control will be built on the existing grounds of the current facility which is located in Baldwin ("Baltimore Co. to build $5 million animal shelter," Oct. 21). This current facility is not accessible to the majority of Baltimore residents. The Baldwin facility is over 20 miles from Interstate 695 in the middle of an affluent sparsely populated suburban area. As of the 2010 census, Baldwin had fewer than 4,000 of Baltimore County's 805,029 residents.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The sixth annual Orioles Pet Calendar benefitting the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) will go on sale August 12, and five players will be on-hand to sign calendars at the shelter that day. J.J. Hardy, Tommy Hunter, David Lough, Bud Norris, and Matt Wieters will visit BARCS from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 12 to sign calendars bought that day. Those attending must buy their calendars on-site for autographs. There will be free parking at Lot D on the south side of M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
What's one of the best ways to get young children to practice their reading skills? Have them read to a pet -- the animal loves the attention and offers the perfect, non-judgmental audience for young readers. Which is exactly why the Baltimore' Humane Society's new Read to the Animals program makes a lot of sense. Earlier this week, a group of preschoolers from the Sweet Potato Kids in Randallstown visited the Baltimore Humane's no-kill shelter to read to its homeless dogs and other animals.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Starting Jan. 13, all Baltimore County residents will be able to get their dogs and cats spayed or neutered at the county animal shelter, even if they adopted the pet elsewhere, officials announced this week. The county also plans to reduce the adoption fee for cats to $50, down from $65. The adoption fee for dogs will remain $65. The cost includes vaccinations, sterilization, a license and a microchip. The animal shelter in Baldwin only began offering sterilization services a month ago, after the county installed a temporary trailer with an operating room.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
More than 100 people gathered in the rain Monday evening outside the historic courthouse in Towson calling for improvements at the Baltimore County animal shelter. With signs that read "We demand change" and "Reform BCAS," members of Reform Baltimore County Animal Services and other organizations said they want to bring attention to conditions at the Baldwin facility, which they describe as inadequate for the animals there. "We need to see reform," said Lisa Radov, a board member of the group Maryland Votes for Animals.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
After announcing plans early this year to partner with a nonprofit to improve the Baltimore County animal shelter, county officials say they have not found a group willing to do so. No one responded to a request for proposals issued by the county in February that sought groups to take over the care of animals and adoption services at the shelter, located in Baldwin in the northern part of the county. Proposals were due last month. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz had said a nonprofit partnership would let county workers concentrate on public health and safety issues, such as dealing with dangerous dogs, while a private group could focus on taking care of animals and finding adoptive homes.
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September 22, 2010
Regardless of the circumstances, sending someone convicted of fatally beating his dog to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to serve out his sentence is akin to sending a male, convicted of spousal abuse, to the House of Ruth, to serve out his sentence. What were they thinking? McNair Taylor, Baltimore
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | December 23, 2005
Work on the $1.6 million renovation and expansion of the county's 1970s-era animal shelter on Davis Road, near Howard High School, began in September 2004, when the staff and animals were moved into three large modular trailers, where they spent the next year. The work took longer than expected, and the animals could not be moved back to a new, 50 percent-larger facility until this fall. But there is plenty to show for the wait. Gone are the water-stained ceiling tiles, rusting window frames and worn walls and equipment.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Hundreds of homeless pets will be the real winners in the Baltimore Humane Society's Raffle of Champions, which ends this Wednesday. For $10, anyone can purchase a raffle ticket and the chance to win Baltimore Ravens season tickets. All proceeds from the raffle go to the care of the animals at the Humane Society's no-kill shelter in Reisterstown, which receives no government funding. The grand prize is a pair of Baltimore Ravens season tickets. First prize is a tailgate grill; second prize is an autographed photo of Jacoby Jones; and there are five third-place mystery prizes to be won. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at bhs.raffleready.com/raffle-of-champions-2014 .
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is currently treating a 3-year-old mixed breed dog who appears to be the victim of severe abuse. Sophia was brought to the shelter last week by city animal control officers with multiple scars on her face and head and with no lower jaw. She is also missing upper teeth. BARCS officials said the wounds on her face looked to be bite marks. Despite her extensive injuries and clearly traumatic past, Sophia is loving and sweet and still trusts humans, they said.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
What's one of the best ways to get young children to practice their reading skills? Have them read to a pet -- the animal loves the attention and offers the perfect, non-judgmental audience for young readers. Which is exactly why the Baltimore' Humane Society's new Read to the Animals program makes a lot of sense. Earlier this week, a group of preschoolers from the Sweet Potato Kids in Randallstown visited the Baltimore Humane's no-kill shelter to read to its homeless dogs and other animals.
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April 12, 2014
After reading the article, "Rally calls for improvements at Baltimore County animal shelter" (April 8), I feel compelled to share again, as I did to The Sun last year, that the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has reached out to Baltimore County repeatedly to offer our assistance. We have asked Baltimore County to rejoin the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance, a local coalition of animal shelters. We have offered to share how we run programs they are considering starting or expanding such as adoptions, spay/neuter and bringing on volunteers.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
More than 100 people gathered in the rain Monday evening outside the historic courthouse in Towson calling for improvements at the Baltimore County animal shelter. With signs that read "We demand change" and "Reform BCAS," members of Reform Baltimore County Animal Services and other organizations said they want to bring attention to conditions at the Baldwin facility, which they describe as inadequate for the animals there. "We need to see reform," said Lisa Radov, a board member of the group Maryland Votes for Animals.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
A animal advocacy group is planning a rally today to highlight what members say are inadequate operations at the Baltimore County animal shelter. Organizers of the group, Reform Baltimore County Animal Services, say they will host the rally at 5:30 p.m. at the county's historic courthouse in Towson. "We just feel like the county is not doing enough to provide care and adoption services," Lynn Greene, a member of the group, said. "We would like to see a more compassionate approach, that we're going to care for these animals, heal them if they're sick, and find homes for them.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
A animal advocacy group is planning a rally today to highlight what members say are inadequate operations at the Baltimore County animal shelter. Organizers of the group, Reform Baltimore County Animal Services, say they will host the rally at 5:30 p.m. at the county's historic courthouse in Towson. "We just feel like the county is not doing enough to provide care and adoption services," Lynn Greene, a member of the group, said. "We would like to see a more compassionate approach, that we're going to care for these animals, heal them if they're sick, and find homes for them.
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Letter to the Editor | September 12, 2013
Editor: I recently invited elected officials in Harford County to accompany me on a tour of the Humane Society of Harford County to see the good work done there. I was met by the manager, Blaine Lang, who conducted the tour. The first thing I noticed was how friendly and caring the workers and volunteers were and how clean everything was kept. The dogs are paired off in fenced areas where they can go outside and remain protected from the elements. They are walked every day by workers and volunteers who continually show the animals love, respect and physical touch.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Starting Jan. 13, all Baltimore County residents will be able to get their dogs and cats spayed or neutered at the county animal shelter, even if they adopted the pet elsewhere, officials announced this week. The county also plans to reduce the adoption fee for cats to $50, down from $65. The adoption fee for dogs will remain $65. The cost includes vaccinations, sterilization, a license and a microchip. The animal shelter in Baldwin only began offering sterilization services a month ago, after the county installed a temporary trailer with an operating room.
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October 31, 2013
I was bewildered that a new Baltimore County Animal Control will be built on the existing grounds of the current facility which is located in Baldwin ("Baltimore Co. to build $5 million animal shelter," Oct. 21). This current facility is not accessible to the majority of Baltimore residents. The Baldwin facility is over 20 miles from Interstate 695 in the middle of an affluent sparsely populated suburban area. As of the 2010 census, Baldwin had fewer than 4,000 of Baltimore County's 805,029 residents.
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