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For Immediate Release December 2, 2019

Contact: Erin Dowridge-Rodney 443-xxx-xxxx Erin.Dowridge-Rodney@ubalt.edu BARCS is Relocating to a Larger Facility in Cherry Hill Support BARCS’ Move by Donating this Giving Tuesday

Baltimore Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is scheduled to relocate to a new facility at 2490 Giles Road in Cherry Hill, South Baltimore. BARCS’ relocation will occur in early 2020, once construction has been completed. In 2004, BARCS saved 2% of rescued and surrendered animals, but due to injuries and prior abuse 98% had to be euthanized. Since then, BARCS has saved more than 90% of animals through adoption or return to owners. Due to the expansion of intakes, the current facility is no longer suitable to shelter and properly care for animals. The new facility in Cherry Hill is approximately six acres, so BARCS can increase staff and volunteers and consolidate its programs into one building. BARCS’ dog intake center, fundraising center and community cats’ program is currently housed in offsite office space; but the new layout of the facility can accommodate and ensure the success of each of these programs. The layout will also allow separate entrances for adoptions and intakes which will provide privacy for community members. “BARCS strive is to enhance the quality of life in our community through compassionate services to animals and people. BARCS’ goal in the new facility is to continue improving the state of animal welfare in Baltimore City, work with pet owners in crisis to find the best possible outcomes, and care for 12,000 homeless, abused and neglected animals annually” says Jennifer Brause, founder and executive director for BARCS. Although, Baltimore City is funding the renovation of the structure of the new facility. BARCS is creating a fundraising campaign, Hope to Home that will supplement additional costs that Baltimore City is not funding. Hope to Home, has the goal of raising $500,000 by the end of 2019. These donations and BARCS annual operating budget will be used to customize the facility to the needs of its animal programs. By incorporating the following: Expanded surgery space and post-surgery recovery areas, an x-ray machine, spaces for farm animals and reptiles, a dog play yard and an up to date IT equipment. This Giving Tuesday, please support BARCS by contributing to the Hope to Home fund. All donations made before December 15, 2019 will be matched by Rambo and Rocco’s challenge, a $50,000 community donation matched in cooperation with Joe De Francis, Karin De Francis and Rick Bernthal. Donations can be made by visiting barcs.org/newhome. Checks can be written to BARCS and mailed to 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. BARCS, is a non-profit organization that has the biggest animal shelter and adoption center in Maryland. BARCS is a free admission shelter, which means that no animals can be turned away. Thus, BARCS cares for over 12,000 neglected, abused, lost and surrendered animals each year. In addition to adoption services, BARCS provides free and low-cost services to its community, including vaccinations, food banks and off-site community days.

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