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Dog adoption in Baltimore increases in 2010

The turbulent economy has forced millions of people to surrender their pets to their local shelter, but it appears as though Baltimore-area residents are doing their best to step up to the plate.

According to ABC News 2, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) has reported that adoptions in Maryland's largest city have increased 13.5 percent over the past year. In 2010 the organization saw more than 3,200 pets find permanent and loving homes.

"The people of the Baltimore area have my heartfelt appreciation for opening their hearts and their homes to so many homeless animals," Jennifer Mead-Brause, executive director of the nonprofit, said in a statement.

To start the new year off with a bang, the shelter is reducing their animal adoption fees to just one dollar for the entire month of January.

According to its website, the BARCS cares for around 11,000 Baltimore-area pets every year. They also manage approximately 32,000 animal welfare cases involving dogs, cats and a multitude of other creatures.
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