Twenty-five volunteers from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) teamed up with the Maryland SPCA for a Day of Service, caring for animals, cleaning the facility, and helping the organization prepare for its annual Wine and Wag fundraising event. The fundraiser will support the ongoing care of the pets at the adoption center.
BGE also presented the Maryland SPCA with a $5,000 Green Grant, part of the company's initiative to support environmental stewardship and education. The grant will fund a new walking trail that will be developed in the fall, part of a three-year plan to renovate the property. The trails will wind around the campus' three main buildings and along the trees that border the area. The trail will be used by employees and volunteers as they care for the animals at the facility.
'We are very thankful to BGE employees for spending the day at our adoption center to help the homeless and abandoned pets and to BGE for their very generous donation in support of our dog-walking trails,' said Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. 'We're not affiliated with the ASPCA, and we don't receive any government support, so our partnership with BGE is very important in our mission to improve the lives of pets and people in our community.'
'The day of service was a great way to extend our support for one of our Green Grant recipients, for a cause that inspires a lot of passion in our employees,' said Valencia McClure, BGE's director of communications and corporate relations. 'We are always pleased to join in with organizations that share our commitment to making a positive impact on the environment in central Maryland.'
About Maryland SPCA:
The Maryland SPCA is an independent nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of pets and people in Maryland. The MD SPCA receives no operating support from the government or other animal welfare groups including the ASPCA. The MD SPCA's adoption center adopts out more than 3,000 needy and unwanted pets each year, and provides approximately 9,000 spaying/neutering procedures yearly to reduce pet overpopulation and suffering. The MD SPCA also offers pet behavior counseling and training courses to help keep pets in their homes. For more information about the Maryland SPCA, visit www.mdspca.org or call 410.235.8826.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company's approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.