Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being Adopt Out 162 Cats During Operation: Feline Freedom Event

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County:

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

During the month of July the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) operated by the Montgomery County Office of Animal Services partnered with Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (MCPAW) to waive adoption fees for all cats and kittens. The month-long event resulted in a record-breaking 162 cat adoptions.

“In the past we’ve participated in the MD 2000, a fee-waived cat adoption event in July, but the MD 2000 has been on hold since COVID-19, so we decided to have our own event,” said MCASAC Executive Director Thomas Koenig. “Every day, MCASAC staff met families back-to-back to match them up with the right pet. Volunteers helped care for cats and show them to potential adopters, and foster homes made sure their kittens had plenty of socialization to prepare them for adoption. It was a group effort all around and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire MCASAC team.”



MCASAC adopted out 35 percent more cats during this year’s event than in 2019’s MD 2000. Families saved between $50-$150 on adoption fees.

“In addition to ending pet suffering and homelessness in Montgomery County, the mission of MCPAW includes removing barriers to the adoption of shelter animals,” said Donald Hoffman, chairman of the MCPAW Board of Directors. “By sponsoring the adoption fees of all cats and kittens adopted from MCASAC throughout July 2021, MCPAW helped 162 precious felines find their forever homes.”

The event may be over, but there are still plenty of cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Guidelines for adoption, the pre-visit checklist, and the adoption questionnaire can be found at  at

About the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center:

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, operated by the Office of Animal Services, provides high-standard sheltering and care to the homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our community and ensures the safety and welfare of the county’s citizens. We are the county’s only open-admission, municipal shelter. Through adoptions, education, outreach, and more, MCASAC serves as a critical community resource to promote and advocate for responsible pet care. Animal Services Officers are on-call seven days a week to investigate citizen complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit

About Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being:

Founded in 2010, Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to end pet homelessness and suffering with proven actions and compassionate services, such as providing veterinary care, pet food, and other resources, and by removing all barriers to adoption, including keeping shelter animals medically and emotionally healthy and matching them with well-prepared adopters to create forever homes. MCPAW frequently partners with the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in making a positive impact for the people, pets, and shelter animals of Montgomery County, Maryland. Learn more at or by contacting


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