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Happy Tails During Quarantine
Apr 22

Happy Tails During Quarantine

  Despite the recent uncertainty, BARCS continues to take in and care for hurting and helpless animals in our community. As an essential service and an open-admission shelter, we are still welcoming new animals in our shelter each and every day. As an essential public service, our open admission shelter has been pivoting and innovating every day in order to keep our staff, fosters and community safe, all while saving lives and finding ...

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Darko's Best Day
Apr 15

Darko's Best Day

  “He’s too much.” “We can’t care for him.” “Our apartment has breed restrictions.” “No pets allowed in my home.” “He has behavioral issues.”   Those were the reasons that poor Darko was returned to BARCS. Five separate owners, five different reasons. We knew Darko’s adoption would need to be with a patient, special family who wouldn’t give u...

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A Lemonade Stand for Forever Homes
Jul 22

A Lemonade Stand for Forever Homes

  Our BARCS family is made up of advocates and animal lovers of all kinds! Recently, one of our adopters wanted to give back to BARCS—so, with a little help from her parents, she came up with a plan…   This is our daughter, Kenley. She’s 3 and ½ and has a heart so big we often wonder how it fits inside her chest.      My family has been a fan of BARCS for many years. My w...

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Who Rescued Who? Mochi's Story
Jun 10

Who Rescued Who? Mochi's Story

  Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things don’t always go according to plan. This was a fact of life that Vi and her husband Sean discovered very quickly. After a long and happy life, their senior cat Silver crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2016. A year later, the couple decided they were ready to open their homes and hearts again to a new cat. Ideally, he would be very similar to Silver: an older male cat with a calm disposi...

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Prickles and Pits: A Blended Rescue Family
May 22

Prickles and Pits: A Blended Rescue Family

  Marie is the mom of Tember and Okja, two BARCS alums, and Mr. Pickles and Lil’ Monster, two rescue hedgehogs. She is the curator of the Instagram profile @picklesandpits.   When I moved back to Baltimore after undergrad in 2013, I knew very little about what I wanted to do for the future. However, I had one exception: I knew I wanted a dog.   Now that I was on my own, I missed my family dog, Jenny. I sear...

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River's Happy Tail
Dec 7

River's Happy Tail

Dear BARCS, We adopted River just a few weeks ago, and she has been such an amazing addition to our family. You can see in her eyes that she has some baggage, but she trusted us immediately and never leaves our side. Adopting a senior dog was never a question for us. We knew she was the one meant for us as soon as we saw her and her super excited tail and big ears. We are so happy to let her live out her golden years with us, and...

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Abe's Happy Tail
Nov 26

Abe's Happy Tail

Dear BARCS, On Valentine's Day of 2016, we adopted Abe (known at BARCS as Peanut). It was also Presidents' Day weekend, which is why we named him Abe. He has brought so much love and happiness into our little family in almost three years. Abe was such a skinny, shy boy when we took him home. He has become such a loving, happy go lucky cuddlebug, always making you be in a good mood. He loves to play with his pup brother, Brodie, and ...

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Ike's Happy Tail
Nov 24

Ike's Happy Tail

Dear BARCS,   We adopted Ike, our now eight-year-old American Bulldog, from BARCS last fall. When we met Ike, we fell in love with his huge head and calm disposition. Watching Ike go from emaciated shelter dog who didn't know how to dog to the confident, sweet, hippo-esque breed ambassador he has become has been the most rewarding experience. He's always ready for nap, but we were most surprised by his love of adventure desp...

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Nina's Happy Tail
Nov 24

Nina's Happy Tail

Dear BARCS,    While I was volunteering, I met this sweet, docile, reserved senior. Her name was Nina, and her kennel card indicated she was about 11 years old and seized from her previous home. Her kennel card said special needs and it was due to some mammary tumors. I instantly fell in love with her! She had this old lady wobble and just so much love still to give. I came home and told my husband about her and that was the en...

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Winchester's Happy Tail
Nov 24

Winchester's Happy Tail

Dear BARCS, My boyfriend and I adopted Winchester from BARCS in April 2018. He was 11 years old and had been disowned twice prior to coming to BARCS. It was unclear why he was never able to find a forever home, but after seeing him want nothing but love and compassion from everyone he met we couldn't say no. It didn't take him long to adjust at all. Within the first week, he was snuggling onto our laps for some belly rubs and beggin...

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