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The MD SPCA’s 150th Birthday Celebration and Homecoming Week Kicks Off

Oct 04, 2019 01:13PM ● By Sharon Scholze
The Maryland SPCA’s Homecoming Week Kicks Off on October 5 Events Celebrate 150 Years of Service BALTIMORE

“Homecoming Week is the culmination of a yearlong celebration of service recognizing leaders, donors, staff, and volunteers,” explained Executive Director Jim Peirce. Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan and Ravens Executive VP and GM Eric DeCosta are the honorary co-chairs for Homecoming Week. “It has been my honor to serve as co-chair for the anniversary celebration,” said DeCosta. “I have been involved with the MD SPCA since 2013, and I have seen firsthand how the SPCA’s mission to improve the lives of pets and people has benefited our community.”

The MD SPCA was founded in 1869, when workhorses drove Baltimore’s economy. “But this Homecoming Week is about more than the past,” said MD SPCA Board President Joanne Pollak. “It is an opportunity to look into the future and imagine the next 150 years.”

Events will include:
Saturday, October 5 from 2:00-6:00 p.m.: Tails on the Rails at the B&O Railroad Museum 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
Enjoy pet-friendly train rides, outdoor children’s activities, and happy hour.
Admission fee: $20

Monday, October 7 from 2:00-7:00 p.m.: Open House at the Maryland SPCA 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211 Behind-the-scenes tours led by staff experts. Free admission.

Thursday, October 10 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Happy Hour at Union Craft Brewing 1700 W. 41st Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Celebrate with current and former MD SPCA staff, including former Executive Director Aileen Gabbey. $1 of every beer purchased will be donated to the SPCA. Free admission.

All events are open to the public. For more information: Visit or contact Erin Holswade at 410-235-8826 x 126 or [email protected]

In addition to Presenting Sponsor Heritage Auto Group, Homecoming Week is made possible by Corporate Partners, Transamerica and USALCO.
The Maryland SPCA, Inc., one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the U.S., offers innovative programs in education, veterinary services, and humane care to improve the lives of pets and people throughout the state. The MD SPCA is an independent, non-profit organization with no direct affiliation with the ASPCA (New York).