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Harford Co. shelter offers free pet adoptions

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 06:15:21-04

The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) is offering free pet adoptions during its “Empty Our Shelter” week.

Through Friday, March 25, HSHC will waive adoption fees for animals seven months and over as the shelter prepares to reopen in a brand new facility.

“We want to reduce the number of animals we have to physically move because it is going to be stressful for them and we want to take this opportunity to get more animals into a loving forever home,” said Jen Swanson, executive director of the Humane Society of Harford County.

The current HSHC location has been in operation for 70 years in an old farmhouse that the shelter says is more than 100 years old. They plan to shut down and reopen on Monday, March 28 in a 19,000 square foot facility located at 2208 Connolly Road in Fallston.

“It's been in the works for years and years. Groundbreaking was about 2.5 years ago and it's been an uphill battle ever since just waiting for it to be finished. We just can't wait to get into the new building,” Swanson said.

“There’s just no place like home,” Cat Kelly, shelter operations director at HSHC, said in a news release. “It’s so exciting to be moving into our new building and we want our animals to experience that same joy this week by moving into new homes of their own.”

This week, the shelter will operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Interested adopters can view animals in need of a home on the shelter’s website. HSHC asks families to bring along their current dogs this week for a “meet and greet” as part of the adoption process.

Fees will also be waived during “Empty Our Shelter” week at HSHC’s satellite adoption centers:

• PetSmart Dundalk. Danville Square Shopping Center, 1559 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, MD 21222
• Festival Veterinary Clinic. 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Suite 1433, Bel Air, MD 21014
• Hickory Veterinary Hospital. 534 E. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050
• The Mill of Black Horse. 4551 Norrisville Road, White Hall, MD 21161
• Pet Nirvana. Amyclae Shopping Center, 1202 Agora Drive, Bel Air, MD 21014
• Pet Valu. 1016 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001

HSHC will be closed for adoptions on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, as they relocate to the new facility.

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