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Peaches Finds Forever
Jun 23

Peaches Finds Forever

  Poor Peaches was in need of a second chance. She came to BARCS through our partnership with Baltimore City Animal Control when officers impounded Peaches and her sibling after they were found living in unsafe conditions. Right away, it was evident that Peaches needed some TLC—she was very underweight and anxious for attention. Adopter Tori M. had just met a small dog she was interested in when she saw Peaches practicing walkin…

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Beautiful's Journey to Walking
Jun 1

Beautiful's Journey to Walking

  You may remember Beautiful’s story from early December. She was found wandering around Baltimore City as a stray before a kind-hearted citizen brought her to BARCS. Beautiful is a sweet one-year-old girl with a heart-melting smile—and she pays absolutely no mind to her deformed paw. Beautiful is missing some of the bones in her left front paw, which is likely the result of a congenital birth defect. While she can run sho…

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The First "Happily Ever After" on Giles Road
May 27

The First "Happily Ever After" on Giles Road

  On May 5, the BARCS team moved into our new shelter home at 2490 Giles Road in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of south Baltimore. Even while our shelter was covered in boxes waiting to be unpacked, we got right back to work on our mission: caring for the homeless animals of Baltimore City. One-year-old Orville was the first new animal to arrive, albeit unexpectedly, at BARCS on our moving day. He was found wandering city streets …

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Choosing Ayra
Jan 7

Choosing Ayra

  A few months ago, we put out a call for adopters to submit their pet adoption stories to the Petco Holiday Wishes contest. Recently, it was revealed that BARCS won $1,000 with this submission from adopter Elizabeth M. about her pup Arya. Read her submission here…   In March 2015, I lost my dog of 15 years. Unable to stand coming home to an empty house, I started looking up adoptable dogs on the BARCS website. I soon h…

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How Ollie Became Mine
Dec 9

How Ollie Became Mine

  Written by adopter Abby G. Ollie was around seven years old when I found him at BARCS. Most of what I know about his past comes from his extensive medical files and on his body: broken teeth, old scars along his legs and belly, and new scars on his chest and legs. He had a stack of paperwork a mile long. This was a dog that had been given up on too many times before.   But BARCS was there for Ollie when he needed them: af…

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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 inte…

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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 and…

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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 s…

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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 sh…

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