By Pete Munsey. I remember the 1970s poster with the cat. It was of course for purely inspirational purposes. No cat was harmed in the making of it. But it came to mind the other week in our neighborhood. This was the week actually before the week that everything changed. We had received the first news of deaths in Washington State. We had heard of … Continue reading Hang in there, baby
By Ron Lambert. Just before New Year’s day, 2018, a dog named Oscar died in his yard in Arbutus. Concerned citizens had contacted BCAS about Oscar many times in the past several years. On December 30, with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, a citizen called BCAS once again. Instead of responding physically, BCAS called Oscar’s owner and accepted his promise to bring the dog inside. … Continue reading Just What DID Happen at Baltimore County Animal Services??
By Ron Lambert. This post, the fourth in a series tracing developments at the Baltimore County Animal Services, follows Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County. Since the 1970’s, the national movements to promote spay/neuter and reform animal shelters have saved many millions of animal lives. By 2015, the number of dogs and cats killed in shelters each year was approximately two million, compared to up … Continue reading New Advisory Commission, Building: BC Animal Services Finally on Track?
by Ron Lambert. This post, the third of a series, follows “Inside the Baltimore County Shelter.” I became a cat volunteer at Baltimore County Animal Services in May, 2013. Volunteers helped clean cat cages and dog kennels, petted cats, walked dogs, and transported animals to Rescue groups. In the summer of 2013, BCAS started a pilot off-site adoption program, run by volunteers. We pitched in … Continue reading Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County
By Ron Lambert. As the twentieth century came to a close, our nation’s shelters were still killing roughly five million dogs and cats a year (Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America by Nathan J. Winograd, 2007, p. 182). But animal activism was growing as a national movement. Noting Baltimore City Animal Control’s abysmal record of killing nearly every … Continue reading What Happened at BCAS? Part 2: Inside the Baltimore County Shelter
In early January 2018, Baltimore County announced that Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) ranked among the highest shelters in the nation when it came to saving animals’ lives. But on March 20, 2019 (less than 15 months later), BCAS’ top managers were suddenly fired. What happened? The story behind Baltimore County Animal Services goes all the way back to the 1970s, with the start of … Continue reading What Happened at BCAS? Part 1: Animal Shelter Reform