Humane Society of Baltimore County Inc dba Baltimore Humane Society

From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye

aka Baltimore Humane Society   |   Reisterstown, MD   |  www.bmorehumane.org

Mission

Provide a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for stray, unwanted and homeless animals.

Work aggressively to place each animal that comes to our shelter in a loving, permanent home.

Strive to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals by promoting and offering affordable spaying and neutering to control the population of unwanted animals in our area and addressing the issues that cause people to give up animals.

Advance the cause of the humane treatment of animals and increase awareness of animal issues through public education.

Ensure a peaceful final resting place for beloved companion animals through the operation of a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery for companion animals.

Ruling year info

1942

Executive Director

Ms. Christine DeCorse

Main address

1601 Nicodemus Rd

Reisterstown, MD 21136 USA

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EIN

52-0623165

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Baltimore Humane Society was founded to protect our region's pets and to address their suffering. Our mission is to: ~ Provide a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for unwanted and homeless animals. ~ Work aggressively to place each animal that comes to our shelter in a loving, permanent home. ~ Strive to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals by promoting and offering affordable spaying and neutering to control the population of unwanted animals in our area and addressing the issues that cause people to give up animals. ~ Advance the cause of the humane treatment of animals and increase awareness of animal issues through public education. ~ Ensure a peaceful final resting place for beloved pets through the operation of a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery for companion animals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Wellness Services

At the Baltimore Humane Society, we are committed to ending euthanasia due to overpopulation. Our Robert high quality, high volume spay/neuter and wellness services targeting low income pet owners and animal caretakers.  We do this through the generosity of private donors, and receive no public funds for support.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Baltimore Humane Society's Humane Education & Community Outreach Program helps to advance the cause of the humane treatment of animals and increase awareness of animal issues through public education. There are a number of different lessons, art projects and activities associated with the Baltimore Humane Society's Humane Education & Community Outreach Program.  In addition, there is the opportunity for a lot of fun, exploring, discovering, laughter and learning.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Baltimore Humane Society is continuously looking for caring and devoted individuals to provide foster homes for animals in need. Unfortunately, many of the animals that come into the shelter are too young, too sick, or not socialized enough to be adopted out when they first arrive at the adoption center. To increase these animals’ chances of adoption, they must be placed into foster care where they can receive the one-on-one attention that they need. Our need for foster homes is especially great during the spring/summer kitten and puppy season. Fostering a shelter animal is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but requires time and dedication. Although previous fostering experience is not required, the ideal foster parent will have basic knowledge of animal care and be committed to helping find their foster animals a safe and loving ‘forever’ home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Nicodemus Memorial Park at the Baltimore Humane Society offers memorial services, and a beautiful final resting place for beloved companion animals.  We also offer bereavement services for those coping with the loss of their special friend.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Baltimore Humane Society is dedicated to finding homes for every pet that comes our way.  Through our many adoption events, promotions, and other programs, we are always looking for ways to find loving forever homes for the animals that find themselves with us. In 2016, the Baltimore Humane Society started free adoptions for first responders.

Population(s) Served
Adults

People of all ages are invited to read aloud to a homeless dog, cat, or small animal at our no-kill shelter. Participants are invited to come individually or as a group. Scheduling is flexible and participants are only asked to bring their own preferred reading material.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Hands-on humane education with innovative games and activities created exclusively by Bmore Humane. Kids learn about pet needs, pet safety, and compassionate care of animals. The Kids Club offers free monthly Saturday meetings, the opportunity to make enrichment toys for our shelter pets, exciting animal themes each month, and the ability to earn recognition through participation in our "Read to the Animals" program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Euthanasia takes place when an animal is deemed dangerous to the public or is sick, suffering, and medical care will not relieve the suffering.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 - Operational changes due to COVID 19 2021 - Operational changes due to COVID 19

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals returned to their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Baltimore Humane Society was founded to protect our region's pets and to address their suffering. It is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services Provide a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for unwanted and homeless animals.
Work aggressively to place each animal that comes to our shelter in a loving, permanent home.
Strive to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals by promoting and offering affordable spaying and neutering to control the population of unwanted animals in our area and addressing the issues that cause people to give up animals.
Advance the cause of the humane treatment of animals and increase awareness of animal issues through public education.
Ensure a peaceful final resting place for beloved pets through the operation of a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery for companion animals.

BHS was established to protect, save, and care for abused, neglected, and homeless animals. Since that time we have continued that mission through our adoption, foster, volunteer, humane education, and outreach programs; and by working to improve the climate of animal welfare in Maryland through the legislative process. We offer low cost veterinary care so that those who cannot afford regular vet care can still keep their pets. We also offer educational programs to school age children, a free monthly grief support group, and a Facebook bereavement support page. Some of our community programs include Pets for Patriots, the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank, a Read to the Animals program, educational outreach programs, and free pet adoption for first responders. Staff trainers, agility courses, play yards, a sand pit, and swimming pool are all part of our facility.

BHS cares for thousands of animals every year. We continue to operate a low-cost Spay/Neuter & Pet Wellness Center, which assists in helping to control the epidemic of pet overpopulation and serve low-income pet owners with quality pet care and vaccinations. In addition, the Memorial Par provides a final resting place for many beloved pets, as well as offering burial, funeral, and cremation services, and free pet bereavement services that are available to the public. Baltimore Humane Society employs a qualified staff of 35 full and part-time professionals, including a Veterinary Medical Director and is proud of our prospering volunteer program that includes about 800 active volunteers who assist in cage cleaning, cat socialization, dog walks. We do not receive any operational funding from any governments or national humane societies, we rely heavily on donations and continue to solicit and utilize grant funding to advance the cause of animal welfare in the Greater Baltimore area.

Baltimore Humane Society's adoption rate is up 41% and 124% over the past 5 years. Length of Stay is down from 34 to 24.5 days for cats and from 26.5 to 16.9 days for dogs. This has enabled us to expand our capacity to transfer in animals from other high kill overcrowded local shelters. BHS has improved the quality of life for the animals living in our shelter by installing outdoor kennels covers to make the living space better for in all kinds of weather. Surgical ward equipment was upgraded to ensure better working conditions for medical staff and better care for animals. Using a Maryland Department of Agriculture grant, approximately 400 free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to pets from low-income neighborhoods were provided. BHS has created Enrichment Teams that have improved the care of our animals. Play groups for dogs have helped curb many stress related behaviors and has made a drastic change in how the dogs present in their kennels, increasing their adoptability.

Financials

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Humane Society of Baltimore County Inc dba Baltimore Humane Society

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Andrew Levine

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Brent Baron

Cara Cohen

Heather Friedman

Harry Korotki

Andrew Levine

Joel Segall

Gary Zipper

Jill Bloom

Jeffery Cohen

Fran Rifkin

Sara George

Suzanne Amos

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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