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Burien C.A.R.E.S. (Community Animal Resource & Education Society) is working toward purchasing the building they have rented for the past eight years in “Raise the RRuFF,” a newly-launched fundraising campaign. C.A.R.E.S. typically works to house and relocate Burien’s stray animals — and now they’re looking for their own forever home. 

“Last year it became clear that we were at risk of losing our home for the shelter,” said C.A.R.E.S. executive director Debra George in a prepared statement. “That made us feel vulnerable and left us wanting more stability for what we have built over the last decade. We decided it was in the best interest of the organization to try to purchase our building.”

The “Raise the RRuFF” campaign aims to raise $300,000 to continue C.A.R.E.S.’s mission. The organization, which currently provides jobs for 12 employees, has adopted over 3,000 animals (with a return-to-owner ratio of 65 percent) since its inception in 2011. Its services include investigating animal cruelty complaints, year-round adoption programs, and spay and neuter surgeries, among others.

“We have a slew of dedicated volunteers. We operate a Doggy Daycare on-site to help support the medical needs of the many animals that come to us injured. We do our absolute best to give every animal every opportunity to find their perfect home,” George said. 

For more information, or to donate to “Raise the RRuFF,” visit here.