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Volunteering for Homeless Animals
Nov 20

Volunteering for Homeless Animals

  At BARCS, our volunteers are more than just a tremendous help to our mission—they are our lifeline and our family. One of our volunteers, Beth S., goes above and beyond as a volunteer and foster. Read more about how Beth gives her time to animals in need at our shelter.   Beth and her husband Chris have been animal lovers all their lives. From rats to iguanas to dogs, pets have made their lives richer.   ...

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Meet Serena: A “Foster Fail” Fairytale
Oct 14

Meet Serena: A “Foster Fail” Fairytale

  Five months ago, sweet Serena was a stray running at large in Baltimore City. For how long, we weren’t sure—but at less than a year old, Serena had her whole life ahead of her. With a heart-melting smile and gorgeous, mismatched brown and blue eyes, this happy girl was full of puppy personality and mischief.   During her intake exam, it was apparent that Serena would not respond to loud noises. After further in...

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A Tale of Two Tails
Aug 29

A Tale of Two Tails

  Adopting a dog or cat can often mean that their history, including who loved or didn’t love them before you, will remain a mystery. At first, the Moon Pearl puppies were no exception to this rule.   Mama Moon Pearl and her five puppies were surrendered to BARCS in the spring of 2018 after a home eviction. During intake, the BARCS team learned that the litter was originally 12, but one of the puppies passed in birth a...

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How Fostering and Training Dogs Saves Lives
May 9

How Fostering and Training Dogs Saves Lives

  At BARCS, we depend on our fosters to help us care for Baltimore’s homeless animals. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on Matt Robeson, one of our dedicated dog fosters. Three years ago, Matt’s life changed for the better when he adopted Kima, a bully type dog, from BARCS. Matt was fully aware of the stigma that came with owning a pit bull type dog, so he did everything in his power to subvert the stereotypes by...

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Meet Macy, BARCS Rescue Coordinator and Animal Advocate
Apr 11

Meet Macy, BARCS Rescue Coordinator and Animal Advocate

BARCS has the best team members, no doubt about that! Our group of animal lovers are passionate about helping BARCS achieve its mission to save the lives of all homeless animals in Baltimore. Today, we want to shine the spotlight on Macy, our Rescue Coordinator and a Marine Corps veteran, whose passion for animal welfare began when she was just a kid.   Military Service In 2011, Macy wasn’t sure where she wanted to be, but ...

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Kevin the Therapy Dog: How an Ordinary Mutt Changed a Community
Mar 6

Kevin the Therapy Dog: How an Ordinary Mutt Changed a Community

    Kristine Thomas was a dog lover at heart. She was particularly fond of shelter dogs--of mutts--for their adoring nature and eagerness to learn. Plus, she was conscious of the unfair stigma of shelter dogs being too “problematic.”   Our story begins in February 2008, when Kristine’s furry companion crossed the Rainbow Bridge, leaving behind a mutt-shaped hole in her heart. She instantly thought o...

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