Animal shelters around Baltimore are trying to get things back to normal after Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast on Monday, but that will take longer for a few that are feeling the effects of the devastating storm.
Down at the Baltimore Humane Society, access to the shelter is limited as a large downed tree on Nicodemus Road is blocking the street to the shelter. BHS lost power in the afternoon on Monday and is still in the dark as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. The shelter is looking for volunteers who are able to safely make it to the shelter who can help with cleaning up and feeding the animals, said Wendy Goldband, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the BHS.
In addition, the BHS has experienced some flooding and a roof leak and staff will being working overtime so monetary donations are needed from those who are able to give. To donate, please visit www.bmorehumane.org/donate/contribute. If you are trying to get to the Baltimore Humane Society (1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136) in order to volunteer, Nicodemus Road is closed but you can get there via Ivy Mill Road using these directions: www.dogfest.org/directions.html.
No major damage has been discovered down at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and they are preparing to make the move back to the shelter from First Mariner Arena where they relocated the staff and animals during the storm. The staff is awaiting for the city to reopen the roads out of the arena, which is scheduled to happen soon. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed mandatory travel restrictions on city roads until noon Tuesday.
Right now, BARCS is in need of some volunteers who can assist with heavy lifting to head to First Mariner Arena (201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201) at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Any other volunteers can head directly to BARCS (301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230) to assist with getting the dogs and cats settled back in.
To make a monetary donation to BARCS to help offset any costs caused by the storm, please visit http://baltimoreanimalshelter.org/donating.
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Maryland SPCA (3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211) is still without power and looking for volunteers who can come down to the shelter to help with the animals and cleanup. To donate to the MD SPCA, please visit www.mdspca.org/waystohelp/donate.html.
BARCS, the Baltimore Humane Society and the MD SPCA will remain closed to the public for adoptions on Tuesday.
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