15th Annual BARCStoberfest Results!
Nov 1

15th Annual BARCStoberfest Results!


We are so excited to announce that this year’s BARCStoberfest raised an incredible $284,000 for our shelter! October 26 was a beautiful day in Patterson Park—we dressed up, we ran, we ate, we drank, we celebrated, and we raised money to save lives.


As you know, BARCS is not an organization of “extra.” Each year, our shelter cares for 12,000 animals on half of our recommended budget. We’ve been underfunded since day one, and we continue to save lives each day against all financial odds.



We'd like to recognize our top team and individual fundraisers for their tremendous efforts in making the months leading up to our festival a major success for the animals.


Top Five Fundraisers:

1. Adrianne Bayle

2. Chris Stickel

3. Michelle G and Lisa H/Team Foster

4. Kassy Mattingly

5. Erin Saul

(All BARCS Volunteers!)


Top Five Fundraising Teams:

1. The Home Team: BARCS Volunteers, Fosters and Staff

2. Calvert School - Bees for BARCS

3. Dogs of Charm City

4. The Good NeighBears

5. PUSH for Paws


Because of your generous donations and successful peer-to-peer fundraising over the past several months, BARCS’ live release rate in August and September was more than 90%. This is a true testament to all of your hard work and fundraising! Thank you to each and every one of you who donated, raised money, participated in the 5K/one mile walk and attended the festival. You are true lifesavers and we are happy to have you on our side.



We’d like to recognize our 2019 BARCStoberfest sponsors who helped make this year’s event such a great success. A big thank you to our presenting sponsor, Pet Valu.


Our other major sponsors include: VCA Animal Hospitals, Pet+ER, PayPal, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Harbour Sign & Graphics, Walmart Foundation, Emergent Biosolutions, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake, Blue Pit BBQ, ProMD Health, VPX Sports, Gasket Guy of Baltimore, Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, MWR Investigations, Pikesville Animal Hospital and Advance Relocation Systems.


Thank you for your commitment to our community and the welfare of Baltimore City’s animals!


A special thank you to Baltimore City and Charm City Run for being great partners.


This was the fourth year for our beer garden, which was our most successful year yet! We’d like to thank Checkerspot Brewing, DuClaw Brewery, Full Tilt Brewing, Key Brewing, Heavy Seas Beer, Monument City Brewing Company, Oliver Brewing Company, Peabody Heights Brewery, RAR Brewing, Union Craft Brewing, G4 Tequila, Hoop Tea and Tito's Vodka for providing delicious drinks for our attendees.



Thank you also to all of our festival vendors who made the shopping market, food area and beer garden enjoyable for our attendees.


Nine adoptable animals found homes at BARCStoberfest. Some adopters came with the intention to meet our furry friends, while others found unexpected love. Thank you to our BARCS fosters for planning the adoption tent and bringing your foster babies.


Thank you to our wonderful volunteer event planning committee, the 100+ BARCS volunteers and community volunteer groups that gave their time and hearts to make the festival a great success.


On behalf of the BARCS team and the animals, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. We can’t say it enough. Each and every one of you is responsible for lives saved.