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Animal Shelter Votes To Begin Design And Funding Phases Of Downsized Campus

December 26th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Citing the operational experience gained over 18 months of municipal shelter management and the direct input of a national rescue sanctuary organization, the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation voted last week to begin design and funding phases for a down-sized campus concept plan to improve the county’s animal shelter facilities on Furnace Street in Cumberland.  ACAS Foundation president Rebecca McClarran says the organization has been on a constant learning curve since assuming management of the facility 18 months ago to make this commitment sustainable as Maryland’s first and only such pioneering public shelter. Foundation officials made a major adjustment in their plans to replace the aging current facility at their November meeting by assigning architects Stoiber and Associates the job of revising the plan to construct an 11,000 sq ft single facility costing $2.5 million into a campus concept of smaller structures that can be made operational for an estimated $900,000. Foundation leaders think the new plan is better for the animals and more appropriate for the current state of the Western Maryland economy…


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