The volunteers at No Kill Harford participated in Baltimore’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 11 and sent along this photo and article about their experience:
No Kill Harford in the St. Patty’s Day Parade
No Kill Harford volunteers marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Baltimore City on Sunday, March 11 to raise awareness for their mission: “To make Harford County, Maryland one of the safest places in the country for companion animals regardless of resources, economics or politics.” No Kill Harford was started in 2011 with the goal of transforming Harford County into a No Kill Community. “No Kill communities across the country are saving 90% of the animals that enter their open admission shelters. Through education, advocacy, and our life saving programs, we’re helping to keep pets in homes and out of shelters”, said Executive Director, Adam Wysocki.
The organization’s Fix Harford program helps keep pets with their families by providing pet food & supplies, low-cost spay/neuter, behavioral or veterinary assistance, with qualifying incomes. For pets that are surrendered, the Harford Pets Alive! Program provides foster care until an animal can be adopted. If necessary, animals are rehabilitated so they can be successfully re-homed.
Pictured with the volunteers is Buford, a diabetic miniature pinscher surrendered to a local veterinarian to be euthanized. The veterinarian contacted No Kill Harford, and with dietary changes and veterinary care, Buford’s diabetes is now well-managed and he is available for adoption. Also pictured is Deb Comstock, the group’s float creator and owner of rescue dog Woody, who made friends with the crowd.
As a non-profit organization, No Kill Harford relies solely on volunteers and public donations to accomplish their mission. For more information or for available volunteer opportunities, visit www.nokillharford.org. Volunteers and fosters are greatly needed.