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Thank you, PetSmart Charities!
Jul 2

Thank you, PetSmart Charities!

  We are so grateful to PetSmart Charities for their continued annual support of BARCS. This year, we were awarded two grants in support of our lifesaving programs: Adoption Preparation and Increased Access to Care for underserved pet owners in Baltimore City. PetSmart Charities' funding, totaling $214,500, will sustain several positions that focus on medical care for our animals so our team can get them ready to be adopted as well...

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Fostering for BARCS in Quarantine
Jun 10

Fostering for BARCS in Quarantine

  Ariel R. has been fostering with BARCS for about two years now. In her own words, Ariel tells us about fostering during the COVID crisis. I moved from New York to Baltimore in February 2018. I wanted to find a way to meet new people and connect on a shared passion and to also give back to my new community while volunteering for a cause that is close to my heart. I’ve grown up with animals my whole life, so it seemed natural ...

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Transporting Animals to Help Save Lives
May 18

Transporting Animals to Help Save Lives

  One major part of our work at BARCS happens on the road through transporting. Whether animals are being taken to or picked up from partner veterinary clinics or rescue organizations, transporting is a critical stepping stone in the journey toward an animal’s forever home. Kris E. is one of our most dedicated and reliable transporters. She started volunteering with BARCS several years ago after hearing about BARCS on the news...

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Introducing Our New Adoption Program: Positively Adoptable
Feb 24

Introducing Our New Adoption Program: Positively Adoptable

  At BARCS, we believe in second chances for every animal that comes through our doors, including cats who have tested positive for FIV and FeLV. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new adoption program: Positively Adoptable, which waives adoption fees for FIV+ and FeLV+ cats!  FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) are diseases that suppress a cat’s immune system, making it ...

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BARCS Announces Lifesaving Medical Match
Feb 3

BARCS Announces Lifesaving Medical Match

At the beginning of February, BARCS announced a lifesaving match. Bill Miller of the Miller Value Partners generously pledged to match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 for the Medical Care Fund. The match may now be over, but your donations are still needed to help support this critical, lifesaving program at BARCS. Please consider donating here: www.barcs.org/donate/medical   Sweet 8-year-old Hector is an absolu...

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Vets & Pets: Fostering to Make a Lifesaving Difference
Aug 26

Vets & Pets: Fostering to Make a Lifesaving Difference

  We recently announced the Baltimore Vets & Pets Foster Program with the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation (BREF). This new program encourages veterans in the Baltimore area to invite a shelter animal into their home for foster care. Grants secured by BREF provide all the resources veterans will need, such as food, crate, training (as needed), bed, collar, leash and bowls. Veterans only need to open their home and heart....

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Lost and then Found: Nitro Goes Home
Aug 14

Lost and then Found: Nitro Goes Home

See how the Lost and Found Program at BARCS made for a very special happy ending.   In late March 2019, Cheryl S. was relaxing on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean with her family. One important family member stayed behind: 9-year-old Yorkie Nitro was in the care of a pet sitter back at home, eagerly awaiting his family’s return. When the ship p...

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How Volunteers Make a Difference
Aug 2

How Volunteers Make a Difference

  At BARCS, volunteers are more than just a tremendous help to our mission—they are our lifeline and our family. Our volunteers help us care for the animals and operate our programs in a variety of different areas.   One of our top volunteers is Justin U. He’s been volunteering with BARCS since 2015, and he’s accumulated over 2,880 hours in our shelter!   Justin started volunteering at BARCS beca...

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Puppies in Pajamas: A Positive Way to Promote Adoptability
Jul 15

Puppies in Pajamas: A Positive Way to Promote Adoptability

Looking for your daily dose of cuteness? We’ve got it right here courtesy of foster slumber party superstar Kathryn, who told us all about how her affinity for doggy onesies is saving lives. If there’s one thing that can always cure a bad mood, it’s dogs in pajamas. Big dogs, small dogs, thin dogs, thick dogs… it doesn’t matter, all dogs are squeal-inducing when they’re put in stylish sleepwear. ...

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Falling in Love with Fosters
Jul 5

Falling in Love with Fosters

  For new fosters, it can be hard to say goodbye to the animal they’ve helped raise, whether it’s been a day, a week, a month or longer. Adrianne B. is no exception, even after having fostered 250 cats and dogs! “I fall in love with every single foster and it is hard to let them go... but it always feels great when you find wonderful adopters and homes,” she explains. Adrianne has been volunteerin...

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