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and get to know the animal you want to take home. You want to choose one that will fit your lifestyle. Pets cost money, too, for food, medical care and accessories. Medical care is discounted at some of the shelters. Ask as many questions as you want before selecting an animal.

Where to Choose a Pet

Baltimore has lots of choices to acquire a pet. The Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance, formed in 2008, and made up of “the five major animal welfare organizations in Baltimore – the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Humane Society, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Baltimore City Animal Control and Baltimore County Animal Control Division – came together to form the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) in 2008.

“We work together to improve the well-being of animals in our community. Our joint efforts have included activities such as adoption events, spaying and neutering animals and transporting animals in need from one shelter to another so that fewer pets are euthanized,” according to the organization.

Information on BAWA can be found on the members’ websites.

The Maryland SPCA ( www.mdspca.org ), located at 3300 Falls Road Baltimore, MD 21211, is an independent non-profit that offers pet adoptions. It has a Spay and Neuter Clinic, foster programs, a Wellness Clinic and training classes. It adopts out over 3,500 animals each year. The staff and volunteers visit area schools to teach animal kindness.

Baltimore Humane Society ( www.bmorehumane.org ), located at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136, is a no-kill shelter. It continues to operate a low-cost, subsidized Spay, Neuter & Vaccine Clinic, which assists in helping to control the epidemic of pet overpopulation and serve low-income pet owners with quality pet care and vaccinations.

Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS, www.barcs.org ) at 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, is “Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center,” taking in 25-30 new animals each day, according to its website. •