BALTIMORE — They're tiny. They're cute. And they're taking over animal shelters.
We're talking about kittens, and they're coming in fast and furious to shelters in and around Baltimore.
"This is the most difficult time of year for animal shelters," said Tina Regester with the Maryland SPCA. "We are seeing an influx of so many kittens being born during the warm months, as well as their moms."
That's why 21 shelters across Maryland are teaming up in July for the "Maryland 2000" adoption campaign. They are all waiving adoption fees for cats and kittens during the month.
"It's really great that we're able to rely on each other to help spread the word about each of our shelters and each of the programs we have to offer," said Heidi Griswold with Baltimore County Animal Services.
There are plenty of kittens to choose from at each shelter but staff members urge potential adopters to consider looking at older cats too.
"You kind of know what you're getting a little bit more than a kitten," said Meghan Sweeney with the Baltimore Humane Society. "Especially when it's an owner surrender, we will have a little more history on them, so you'll know more about their personality when you meet them."
No matter what age or breed you choose, it's a win-win for everyone.
"We appreciate people opening their door to animals in need," said Alexa Jones with BARCS. "They need us to have a loving home and realize what love and affection really is, they deserve it."
30 veterinary clinics are also taking part in the "Maryland 2000" event and are offering free wellness exams for each cat or kitten adoption.
To see a list of participating vet clinics and shelters, click here.