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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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"Kittens Are Coming:" How Fostering Saves Lives
Jun 3

"Kittens Are Coming:" How Fostering Saves Lives

  As soon as temperatures begin to warm, animal shelters around the country are inundated with newborn and very young kittens. Kitten season, as it’s known, is a yearly affair that happens when stray momma cats give birth to their babies, and the babies end up in our care. These tiny kitties are exceptionally cute, yes, but are also in need of around the clock attention and care. Our dedicated foster Angela is very familiar wi...

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Mable's New Leash on Life
Apr 3

Mable's New Leash on Life

Mable was granted a second chance at love when her family adopted her and another chance at a happy life through BARCS' lifesaving programs. Two days before Christmas in 2017, Mable got the best gift a dog could ever ask for: a home. New parents Sara and Kyle were thrilled that this playful and sweet puppy was going home with them. For many pet parents, this is where the story ends. But for Mable, it was just beginning.   ...

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Cats Hard at Work
Mar 28

Cats Hard at Work

    Glitter is a multi-tasking, amazing cat. He’s not only a real charmer who loves people and other pets, he’s also a member of the mouse patrol at a farm in Freeland, MD. Glitter is one of over 150 cats BARCS has successfully placed through its Working Cats Program, which finds permanent homes for cats not suitable for traditional adoption. Timber Brook Farm’s Chelsea Whitaker says Glitter has been a rock star mou...

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Pearl, a Cat Hard at Work
Mar 19

Pearl, a Cat Hard at Work

Once hard to place in a home, Pearl was given a second chance at a happy life thanks to one of BARCS' lifesaving programs. When you visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum, you expect to see replicas of massive work boats, displays on oyster fishing, and beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. You might not expect to see Pearl. But Pearl has an important job to do: she’s a cat at work. Pearl’s story began when she w...

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