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Foster Spotlight: Michelle Green
Aug 10

Foster Spotlight: Michelle Green

  Many members of the BARCS community know Michelle Green as the organizer of online auctions that have raised thousands upon thousands of dollars for the Franky Fund to help sick and injured animals. What they might not know is that for the past nine years, Michelle has been a foster mom to more than 500 (yes, you read that right—500!) dogs and cats, with the majority being kittens, some of whom are so young they need arou…

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Foster Spotlight: Kathryn Lally
Aug 3

Foster Spotlight: Kathryn Lally

  Having grown up with dogs and having a mom who raised a service dog for a veteran, it was only natural that Kathryn Lally would gravitate to BARCS to sign-up to be a volunteer dog walker. She started as a volunteer at BARCS in 2014 walking dogs, but it wasn’t long before she realized she wanted to help the shelter dogs that were most in need of special attention. “I began training with staff,” Kathryn says. &ldq…

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Foster Spotlight: Ruta Kidolis
Jul 20

Foster Spotlight: Ruta Kidolis

  Ruta Kidolis began volunteering at BARCS in 2018, working with cats who needed help with their behavior. She knew she would have more success with these cats if she could just get them out of the shelter, and a little over a year ago, she got to do just that. She and her husband had moved with another couple to their current house, and when the other couple moved out, Ruta could dedicate a room in the house to these cats. “I c…

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Foster Spotlight: Mao-Bin Shen
Jul 13

Foster Spotlight: Mao-Bin Shen

  Mao-Bin Shen obviously cannot get enough of dogs. Mao started volunteering to walk dogs in January of 2020, shortly after one of his dogs passed away in 2019. With so much room in their home and only having a senior toy poodle, he and his wife Denise thought, why not foster? Last year, they fostered a total of six dogs. A senior dog, Shiba, became part of their family in March of 2020. However, they continued to foster …

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Foster Spotlight: Kuor Kumoji
Jul 2

Foster Spotlight: Kuor Kumoji

  Kuor Kumoji never thought she and her family could have a dog. She is a public health official, and almost every month, she travels out of the country for a week at a time. But after finding out about the foster program at BARCS, she discovered how wrong she was. Last Christmas, at the height of COVID, Kuor and her family welcomed their first foster dog into their home. “While we have all been so focused on the toll COVID h…

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Foster Spotlight: Lee Asling
Jun 25

Foster Spotlight: Lee Asling

  Lee Asling has always loved Great Danes, so when he thought about fostering, he contacted a rescue specific to that breed. The rescue brought over a Great Dane for a visit, and the first thing this 170 pound dog did was sit on a very beloved, and expensive, hydrangea in the backyard. Onto Plan B. Last September, Lee, his girlfriend, and his eight-year-old daughter Ruby reached out to BARCS and applied to be fosters, and since then, …

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Foster Spotlight: Molissa Farber
Jun 15

Foster Spotlight: Molissa Farber

  While most of us would call fostering animals charitable or generous, Molissa Farber has very different ideas. “It feels very selfish because I enjoy it so much,” says Molissa, who has been fostering for BARCS since 2015. Her home has seen cats, dogs, kittens and puppies, but, she admits, “I have a soft spot for moms and babies.” In fact, despite fostering around 30 cats and 15 dogs, her only “foster…

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Foster Spotlight: The Mistry Family
Jun 8

Foster Spotlight: The Mistry Family

  While Dipak and Zarna Mistry’s 11-year-old daughter loves all animals, she has a special place in her heart for dogs. That love led the Mistry family to sign up to be a foster family for BARCS, and the experience couldn’t be any better. “We thought fostering would be a nice way for her to get to know dogs,” says Zarna, “and also to teach her some responsibility.” Right now the Mistry family has…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Candy Shoul
Jun 1

Volunteer Spotlight: Candy Shoul

  Candy Shoul has fostered so many animals over the years that she has lost count. Perhaps because she is a nurse, she has a special affinity, and skill, to foster some of the most difficult dogs who come through the doors at BARCS—the sick, the injured, the all but hopeless.  While no doubt difficult, Candy says she loves fostering these dogs because she gets to see firsthand the miraculous transformations made.  A…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Jacobson
May 10

Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Jacobson

There are volunteers and there are volunteers... and then, there is Cheryl Jacobson. A year ago August, a few months after Cheryl, an accountant by trade, had taken early retirement, there were many options for her to fill her days. Fortunately, her daughter was a volunteer at BARCS at the time, so she decided to check it out, and she started walking dogs. Several days a week, Cheryl makes the close to 40-mile commute from Olney to BA…

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