During the month of July, the Frederick County Division of Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center joins 20 other animal shelters statewide in the Maryland 2,000 program.

The Maryland 2,000 evolved from shelters in Baltimore County combining efforts to promote the adoption of cats and kittens during the summer. It is a collaborative effort to adopt out at least 2,000 felines from participating shelters. From the beginning of spring to mid-fall, the feline population increases exponentially in animal shelters nationwide. Warmer weather yields litters of unwanted kittens, summer relocations and moves yield no longer wanted adult cats. The Maryland 2,000 tries to mitigate what we know is inevitable in animal sheltering: an overpopulation of homeless felines with a limited number of potential homes. During the month of July, all felines adopted from our shelter will be $15.50 each.

The $15.50 goes towards the required rabies vaccine and Frederick County pet license. Additionally, our same adoption screening process remains in place. Also, if adopters wish to make an extra contribution towards the adoption of their cat, another cat or just towards the program at large, we will gladly accept those donations.

During Fiscal Year 2019, we took in over 2,100 cats and kittens. Working together as a community, we can continue to reduce that number of unwanted cats even more. Our Altered Reality grant is still available for qualified residents who live in ZIP codes 21716, 21701, 21702, 21727, 21770, 21710 and surrounding areas. Altered Reality provides free cat spay and neuter surgery for owned cats at participating local veterinarians.

Our community efforts through education programs on pet ownership, grant funding for spaying and neutering, and routine adoptions heavily impact our animal intake. However, we still have a current population of almost 50 cats and kittens on our adoption floor, and another 93 in foster care homes that will be returning for adoption over the next few weeks. If you are thinking about adding a feline (or two!) to your family, consider adopting during July.

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