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Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is asking the SouthCoast to “Share the Love” this winter, with a fundraiser launching Thursday, January 14, 2021. Funds raised between then and Sunday, March 14, 2021 will help ensure that Buttonwood Park Zoo remains a bright spot for families across the SouthCoast while continuing to provide world-class education, conservation and animal care programming.

“We are asking individuals and organizations to put their hearts out there in support of BPZOO, and show they ’share the love‘ for animals, nature and our community,” said “Share the Love” Campaign Chair and BPZS Board Member, Patrice Coholan.  “It has been a tough year for so many and, in addition to raising meaningful funding for the Zoo, we want to spread a message of love, hope and ‘pawsitivity’ across the SouthCoast.”

For a minimum donation of $10, BPZOO supporters can help spread “pawsitivity” and love by placing a paw print adorned heart-shaped lawn sign at their home or business. Donations can be made by texting LOVEBPZOO to 41444, or click here. Signs are available for pick up at the Zoo 9:00 am – 3:15 pm, seven days a week.

“Throughout the course of this pandemic, guests to BPZOO have consistently expressed their appreciation for having a safe and tranquil place where their families can connect with nature,” said Buttonwood Park Zoo Director Keith Lovett. “Spending time with animals has been proven to reduce stress in people and the Zoo has been able to offer an outdoor environment where people can relax in the presence of amazing wildlife.”

Buttonwood Park Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford and is open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily throughout the winter.