In order to better serve the animals and people of the Baltimore community, the five major animal welfare organizations in Baltimore— Baltimore Humane Society, the Maryland SPCA, 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.
Today, Baltimore Humane Society, the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter and Baltimore City Animal Control continue as BAWA members. We work together to improve the well-being of animals in our community and work towards the common goal of saving the homeless pets of Baltimore. Our joint efforts have included activities such as adoption events, spaying and neutering events, and transporting animals in need from one shelter to another so that fewer pets are euthanized.
The Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance’s mission is to work together to save animals’ lives.
- Focus on ending pet over-population.
- Work together to save the lives of companion animals with the ultimate goal of creating a community where no healthy/treatable animal shall be euthanized due to the lack of a home.
- Promote adoption, spay/neuter, education and humane care.
- Foster mutual respect for all members and recognize that, while our members share our interest and passion for animal welfare, our methods may be different.
- All participate in achieving the mission of this alliance, realizing that our vision is shared by all members and is not the dream of only a few.
- Use the principles of the Asilomar Accords as a guide where applicable with an emphasis on using a standardized method of reporting our animal care data using the standard Asilomar Accords terminology as defined by BAWA members.
Give Pits a Chance
On October 9 2010, the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) and MidAtlanticBullyBuddies, Inc. (MABB) hosted Give Pits a Chance at Du Burns Arena. The event was open and free to the public. Several local bully breed rescue groups and adoptable pit bulls were present. The event featured information and facts regarding the true temperament of the breed, training tips, agility demonstrations, children’s activities, raffles and information about volunteer opportunities. Thank you to everyone who attended.
The Baltimore 500: The 2010 Race to Save Lives
In May 2010, the members of Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (Baltimore Humane Society, BARCS and Maryland SPCA) held the Baltimore 500 race to save cats’ lives. Throughout the month, adoption fees on all cats and kittens at all three shelters were waived. The goal was to adopt out 500 cats and kittens among the three shelters, and we succeeded. Normal adoption procedures applied. The BAWA facebook page covered the month-long event. The Baltimore 500 was generously sponsored by the Cat Hospital at Towson.
The Baltimore 500: The 2009 Race to Save Lives
Animal shelters are often overcrowded with cats and kittens during the month of June. To save the lives of these animals, the Baltimore Humane Society, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, and the Maryland SPCA—all members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA)—waived their adoption fees for cats and kittens during the month of June, 2009. Regular adoption procedures applied.
The goal was to adopt out 500 cats and kittens in June, 2009. We exceeded our goal. BAWA members adopted out a total of 573 cats and kittens. (In June of 2008, BAWA members adopted out 353 cats and kittens.) Thank you to everyone who participated and made The Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives a success.
BAWA Adoption Day
Saturday, July 19, 2008 was BAWA Adoption Day. Members of the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) met at PetSmart in Towson to promote the adoption of homeless pets.