Cumberland Times-News

July 2, 2013

New county animal shelter plans OK’d by foundation

Work may begin in fall on $2.5 million 7,700- square-foot adoption center

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — In a unanimous board vote, leaders of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation have moved to accept the design development plans submitted by Stoiber and Associates of Washington for a new animal adoption and care facility at the end of Furnace Street in Cumberland.

The foundation received the detailed drawings and materials proposal in May as the second step in a multi-phase agreement with the architects to create a $2.5 million 7,700-square-foot adoption center.   

“This is an exciting milestone for our volunteers and supporters throughout the community,” said foundation president Becky McClarran. “This phase in the design process was linked to finalizing long term lease/purchase agreements for the Furnace Street property.”

Foundation representatives finalized an operating agreement with the Allegany County commissioners in early June that has since been approved by both the foundation and the county. The document includes lease agreements that were finalized last week, according to the foundation.

The architect’s plans call for an 11,000-square-foot energy efficient building that will become operational in two phases, beginning with the adoption center, followed by a 3,300-square-foot clinical care wing in Phase Two.

“The plans wonderfully accommodate the needs of our animals, staff, volunteers and supporters,” foundation vice president Jo Wilson said.  “Now that our space is well defined, we can be begin to work our Capital Campaign Giving Committee on naming opportunities and with other partners on ways to reduce and control our construction and operating costs.

Foundation plans call for a ground breaking on the new facility in fall of 2013.  

In the meantime, the ACAS Management Foundation took over operating control of the current animal shelter on July 1 with plans to move much of the operation to a new facility developed through private initiatives.  

As part of their agreement with the county, the foundation also pledged to enhance efforts to care for shelter animals and facilitate adoption, foster, rescue and spay/ neuter with continued animal care fund raising that began with the foundation’s inception in 2001.

Anyone interested in donating time, money or pet supplies are encouraged to call 301-724-2450 during weekday business hours.