Article by Will Martin | Photography by Crystal Zewe | Owl Staff
During the cold nights of winter, when snow and ice keep you huddled indoors by the fireplace, there’s nothing warmer than the companionship of a new, furry friend. Instead of spending money at a local pet store, where the businesses profit off of the sales of pets, the Humane Society would be a far better option when choosing a new companion.
Established in 1947 in Fallston, the Humane Society has been home to one of Maryland’s most well-known shelters in the area. More than 4,500 animals come and go to the shelter yearly. Unfortunately, many of the animals have fallen prey to abandonment and neglect. Anyone can rescue a stray off the street and bring them in. Some find homes and families quickly; others might just have to wait a while longer before the right individual arrives.
All that it takes is a visit to the Humane Society to appreciate the organization and all the hard work they do for these animals. The main office is a very small house turned into shelter for the animals. Once you adopt, you realize that it feels good to have played a role in saving a life and gifting yourself a new friend, just in time for the holidays.
All the cats have the living room to themselves, prowling and playing freely. Dogs are kept individually in partial outdoor kennels. Recently, a dog park was added close by for owners to give their housemates a little extra exercise. They strive to demonstrate what sort of care and attention should be provided to potential new friends.
I’ve grown to know the Humane Society as the only place to find a pet. Our family has adopted three pets to date: two dogs and my cat, Ginger. Prices for adoptions range from $75.00 to $250.00, which is mostly dependent on the age and type of the animal. Includedin the cost of the adoption are the necessary shots, spaying and neutering procedures. Should you choose one, your pet is the one who profits first, so please consider adoption today.