Luna’s House Animal Shelter Awarded Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant

lunas house signWhat’s good for the Bay is good for dogs, cats, rabbits and every other critter that prefers soft grass to hard pavement.

With a little help from Maryland Environmental Service, Luna’s House, an animal shelter in Edgewood, MD, was recently awarded nearly $25,000 from the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Restoration Grant Program to remove a car-lot’s worth of impervious surface and replace it with bay-friendly grass, shrubs and trees.

Luna’s House purchased their current facility, a former car dealership, in 2010. The group rehabbed the building using environmentally sound resources and applied for LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Today the inside is great for the animals. The outside, however, is a parking lot. To make Luna House more animal and

Pavement on the way out, grass and trees on the way in at Luna's House

Pavement on the way out, grass and trees on the way in at Luna’s House

bay friendly, the group needed some help. “The primary reason that we got this grant is because of all the help from the community,” explained Nevin Randle, Vice President of Luna’s House. “Lee Anderson from Clark Construction did a lot of the legwork, we have a reclamation center taking most of the asphalt away for free, most of the soil and shrubbery will be donated, a local landscaper is doing all of the design work pro bono and we actually received enough donations to match the funds of the grant.” Ted Kluga, of the Maryland Environmental Service Grants Office helped the shelter navigate the grant process and complete the application.

“The next step is to start cutting and removing the asphalt in March, grate and lay down the top soil that’s being donated, spray grass seed on top of that and then start planting the trees and bushes,” Randle said. “The entire center rests on approximately 2.59 acres and we’re having a total of 33,500 square feet of grass being planted.”

Luna’s House is an all-animal rescue center and currently houses hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, and reptiles along with birds, dogs and cats. They are even caring for a tarantula. The mission of Luna’s House is to instill in members of the community compassion and respect for animals through humane education, provide resources for animal guardians and other citizens interested in animal welfare issues and provide compassionate and appropriate treatment to companion animals in need.

For more information about Luna’s House or to help their mission, visit their website at www.lunashouse.org.

For more information about environmental grants, contact Ted Kluga at 410-729-8206.