From Del. Glenn Glass:
Letter to Editor:
I recently invited elected officials in Harford County to accompany me on a tour of the Humane Society of Harford County to see the good work done there.
I was met by the manager, Blaine Lang, who conducted the tour. The first thing I noticed was how friendly and caring the workers and volunteers were and how clean everything was kept. The dogs are paired off in fenced areas where they can go outside and remain protected from the elements. They are walked every day by workers and volunteers who continually show the animals love, respect and physical touch. Every day presents a new challenge. One morning Blaine arrived only to find a giant Rottweiler abandoned and chained to the fence near the entrance; the dog was angry and not approachable forcing them to call the police to protect the workers who did not know the dog’s history. Blaine went behind the fence and lightly sedated the dog with a spray which temporarily put the dog asleep and allowed the workers to move him to a private fenced in area. Within a few days, this huge scary dog turned into a Teddy Bear that loves to be hugged and petted. This is but one of many miracles done there every day.
The cats are kept in another area where they are allowed to roam free so that people can visit with them before adoption. Volunteers come every day to play with and hold the cats and show them love. The Humane Society now has a location in the mall where one can adopt a cat, paying what you can afford for adoption. And yes, I did leave with a cat named Pine. The next week I brought my neighbor, who adopted two more cats. She was given an extensive tour which is offered to all who want one.
Pigs, rabbits, and various other small animals are available for adoption as well. All the dogs and cats are neutered, micro chipped for future identification and immunized. In addition, the animals have been socialized with other animals and people who love them. It is important for all dog and cat owners to get their loving pet micro chipped for future identification purposes, and call the humane society if their friend ends up missing. (2208 Connolly Rd., Fallston, MD21047, 410-836-1090).
The Humane Society has two free dog parks that are open to the public with picnic tables and benches large enough for the whole family, plenty of parking and many kind and helpful workers and volunteers to make your visit a pleasant experience.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve you in Annapolis.
Your delegate and servant, Glenn Glass
Del. Glass talks about helping but voted against helping the Humane Society funding request for help with their new building. Another local republican who shows up at ribbon cuttings but votes against the capital budget.
Dude the state is broke. Write them a check. Dumping tax dollars down the drain on crap like this has gotten us into this mess. Again. Write a check or shut up.
Vietnam Vet says
Thanks for the tip. I happen to be and Animal lover as well.
They murdered Mistoffelees and got away with it Mr Glass.
The Money Tree says
The folks at the humane society will suggest not only that you spay or neuter your pet but that you spend $40.00 to have an electronic ID embedded. The cat was loose, turned in by a neighbor, had no tag, no electronic ID, was apparently hissing at the techs and appeared to be malnourished. It would seem to me the bulk of irresponsible pet owners concentrate with cats and pit bulls. We’d hardly even need a humane society without the cavalier sense of responsibility in the folks that gravitate towards these animals. Even still the shelter makes every effort to find homes for all the adoptable animals. What greater illustration for the need to license and chip your pets than what happened to this cat.
They can handle a giant Rottweiler abandoned and chained to the fence near the entrance; the dog was angry and not approachable forcing them to call the police to protect the workers but a 18 year old declawed indoor house cat that is carried in thru the door and was refer to by the neighbor as ” friendly” is too much and needs to be immediately put to death. It was friday they wanted to go home and killing the cat was the easiest way to make that happen.
MoneyTree once again you are pathetic, have a nice weekend we will see you monday when you return to your government job and posting here on someone elses dime.
The Money Tree says
I’m sure if they shelter could do it over they’d make another choice. Anyone that uses the term “murder” when referring to an animal has an agenda. Hunters don’t murder deer. The shelter didn’t “murder” the cat. They euthanized what they thought to be an elderly, sick feral animal. In most cases that would be the humane thing to do since ferals are never adoptable. It’s a teachable moment for anyone who cares about thier pets – chip it because no matter where your animals ends up it’s registered and easily traced to you.
Common Sense says
Very observant Money Tree, agenda indeed… No one in the business of animal welfare or rescue relishes the euthanasia of ANY animal, friendly or aggressive. Let me remind those who may not understand that while Rescues/No kill organizations in Harford County have the luxury to pick and choose the animals it accepts into their programs, and reject accordingly, any animal that shows aggression or appears unadoptable. The Humane Society, which holds the contract with the County to accept ALL animals picked up as stray, seized or surrendered to Animal Control, is not afforded the same luxury. They must accept them all regardless of their temperament, physical condition, their age, their breed or their size. They also accept animals from public drop offs, consisting of strays that citizens find and bring there, animals people no longer want, animals who have shown aggression or attacked people, animals who are ill or even injured and the owners cannot provide the necessary care… the intake line is endless, day in and day out. They have real euthanasia numbers and they don’t deny it. It is their soul responsibility to determine if animals are too aggressive, sick or injured to be adopted. That is one ugly job, I wouldn’t want it. How would they explain adopting out an animal that later attacked someone, or another person’s pet, when they knew the animal showed aggression while they had them at their shelter? There would be no acceptable explanation for letting that happen. There is a lot of talk in the County these days about the “No Kill” movement and how the Humane Society “needs” to adopt that policy. In truth, let’s face it, every time a No Kill rescue organization refuses to accept a dog or cat into their “No Kill” rescue because they are full or they don’t believe the dog or cat is adoptable and they will be “stuck” with it for a long time, that animal can in fact be considered a number in their organizations “kill rate”. They didn’t actually euthanize the animal they just rejected, they didn’t have to make a difficult decision, they just refused to take it so someone else, (the Humane Society) would be left no choice but to have to. Rescue Organizations (limited admissions shelters) with true integrity don’t dirty talk open admissions (Humane Society) shelters. They understand that they are in a position to have to do things that they themselves are unwilling to do (put animals to sleep). They do everyone elses dirty work, and they often take a beating for it. I am not pounding on No Kill rescues, just attempting to show the difference between a limited admissions organization and an open admissions organization. We need them both, open admissions as well as limited admissions organizations. We also need them all to work together if we are ever going to get ahead of the tragedy of homeless pets. Better that they all concentrate their energy on spay and neuter programs and owner education (responsible pet ownership, microchipping, tattooing, ID tags, proper licensing) than to attack other organizations who in truth have the exact same agenda as they do… to help pet owners and to save as many lives as is humanly possible. I believe the Humane Society embodies that philosophy 100% and I am a fan for life, because I understand that theirs is one of the most difficult and certainly most unjustly criticized jobs in the nation.
Vietnam Vet says
Thank God for the People, at Farm in fallston. they have saved many animals & continue to do so. They survive on donations & adoption fee’s
Henry and Toby's mom says
I second your opinion on the wonderful things done by FARM. Both of my boys were obtained through their kind and generous help. The people there are amazing and do so much for the animals not only in Harford County but also surrounding counties and areas. I have to say nice things about the people at the Humane Society as well. Each of my boys made a daring escape from the house and were found and taken to the Humane Society. One was traced through his rabies tag, and the other was chipped. They took care of my “fugitives” until I could come and bail them out. They deserve all the funding they can get.
The Money Tree says
Thanks Del. Glass for recognizing the valuable works of this organization. Our dog is from the shelter – was an emaciated stray picked up in Edgewood. After a bit of training and with patience and affection he’s turned out to be a great dog. I’m hoping everyone considering a dog for thier home checks the shelter first – there are so many great animals needing homes.
Adopted a dog through Harford Co. Humane Society last year ( My wifes third). Great staff and facility. They are an organization worth supporting. @ Common Sense , You live up to your ‘name” on this one. While I support donating locally I would not donate to the national group. They operate no shelters and have a political agenda I don’t agree with( anti-hunting etc.). Just my two cents.
Novel concept. Charge Maryland a 200 dollar fee and issue them a stray cat hunting permit. State parks are becoming ravaged by feral cats dropped off there. They are killing the indigenous wildlife and eating endangered species. Great way to shore up a budget deficit.
I am truly amazed – that Delegate Glass knows how to write or type. I was certain that the only thing a man with his brains would know how to spell is his own name – and only because he has seen it so many times plastered on the sides of wrecker cars in local Park-N-Rides.