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Reunited With Senior Dooby
Mar 12

Reunited With Senior Dooby

Five days ago, Dooby went missing. His dad had injured his foot and was relying on a friend to help him with letting his dogs out to go potty. Because of Dooby’s senior age, the friend let his guard down, turning his back on Dooby while he was searching for a spot to do his business. When he turned back around, Dooby was gone. Dooby is just a few days shy from 17 years old. He is consistently on daily heart medication. The race to find …

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20-Year-Old Kimbo's Story
Feb 19

20-Year-Old Kimbo's Story

At BARCS, we never say no to an animal in need—and that includes senior animals. Our Love Last Forever Program supports the care of BARCS' homeless senior animals and sponsors their adoption fees in order to shorten their stay at the shelter and find them loving homes. Last year, BARCS' Love Lasts Forever Program sent 700 senior pets to forever homes. Saying "yes" to senior animals is expensive, but it will always be a pa…

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Barak Is Finally Home After Devastating Home Explosion
Feb 9

Barak Is Finally Home After Devastating Home Explosion

Last week, Barak, a very special shelter resident, was reunited with his dad after nearly four months of emergency boarding at BARCS. Back in October, Baltimore made national headlines when several neighboring houses in our city exploded. One of the homes belonged to Barak and his dad. It was by a miracle that they narrowly survived the disaster which resulted in other fatalities. Barak was transferred to BARCS and his dad to shock trauma where …

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Not Me Without Tiger
Jan 14

Not Me Without Tiger

During the holidays, we received so many wonderful love letters from our adopters. This one from Kira, about her BARCS dog Tiger, is extra special and so we want to share it with you. I adopted Tiger after buying my first home, feeling settled and ready for the commitment of a dog. I walked into BARCS the day before a work trip so that I knew I wouldn't make the spontaneous decision to come home with the first dog I saw. I walked the room…

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A Second, Second Chance for Tom
Dec 14

A Second, Second Chance for Tom

Tom's first adoption didn't work out, but that's simply because fate had better plans. Here is his story. I saw Tom on the BARCS website and instantly fell in love with his sweet and gentle face. When I showed my family the photo, however, all of them were leery of his pit bull-type features. I heard everything from: “You hear stories about those dogs” to “You have little kids, don’t be irresponsible.&rdquo…

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14-Year-Old Coco's Best Days
Nov 30

14-Year-Old Coco's Best Days

The Benson family offers an emotional and beautiful reflection on the unexpected gift of adopting a super-senior shelter dog with medical needs. *** Dear BARCS, In February of 2019, my boyfriend and I took a chance on a 14-year-old pit bull mix named Coco at BARCS. I always wanted a pittie-type dog, and when I saw her pictures on BARCS website, I instantly knew she was the special one for us. I already had a senior dog at home and thoug…

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Nov 6

Shy's Final and Forever

Last week, we received a handwritten letter in memory of a dog we immediately recognized, Shy. When Shy was at BARCS, she was overlooked, a medical mess and down on her luck. We promoted her on a local TV news spot, but still no one came for her. When we posted her photo and story to our Facebook page, it received thousands of shares and hundreds of comments. Shy was the most famous dog in Baltimore that day. But none of that really mattered, be…

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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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