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Animal charity seeking ARP funds, donations for an emergency

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Members of the shelter say they have rescued so many animals that they have had to install cages in their offices and even in their bathrooms. Now they are quickly running out of space.

Animal Charity in Boardman is currently seeking ARP funds from Boardman Trustees as the organization navigates its way through an emergency.

Members of the shelter say they have rescued so many animals that they have had to install cages in their offices and even in their bathrooms. Now they are quickly running out of space.

Animal Charity director of operations Jane MacMurchy told 21 News that the shelter is bringing in more animals faster than they can get their existing pets into the homes. As a result, space is becoming increasingly scarce.

“We’re about to completely lose our offices to make more space,” MacMurchy said.

MacMurchy went on to say that Animal Charity was trying to raise $600,000 in 120 days to move from its Boardman and Canfield facilities to a larger facility.

That’s why MacMurchy turned to Boardman Trustees, attending a meeting Monday night to ask for ARP funds, as well as getting the public to chip in any way they could.

“The community always tells us, ‘If there’s anything I can do, let us know,’ and we let you know,” MacMurchy said.

MacMurchy tells 21 News that she had a “very positive interaction” with the directors and “felt very welcome” at the meeting. This leads him to believe that the administrators will help him out or at the very least steer him in the right direction.

Administrators reportedly told MacMurchy they would review whether or not ARP funds can legally be used in this way and would consider the request, but it will take more than ARP funds to achieve that goal in time.

Animal Charity is also asking the public to donate to help the cause. You can donate through the Animal Charity of Ohio Facebook page or on their website.