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Love at First Sneeze
Oct 5

Love at First Sneeze

  This is Mandy H.'s love letter to her kitty, Ash. We adopted our cat Ash from BARCS in September 2011 when he was six months old. His original name was Graylin and they thought he was a girl! My husband is a huge Pokémon fan, and the cat is gray, so we decided on the name Ash after the Pokémon trainer. That day in September, we looked at all the cats at BARCS. I was waiting for the right cat to ‘pick me,&r…

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My Baby Elvis
Sep 9

My Baby Elvis

  Here is adopter Diane's story about how bringing home her BARCS baby Elvis changed her life for the better. I’ve wanted a dog for as long as I can remember. When my husband, HP, and I bought a house in 2015, I had a puppy on the brain. Unfortunately, our home wasn’t quite ready to welcome a ball of energy and fluff. Everything changed in 2017. It was an extremely tough time for HP and I. I had changed jobs and it …

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Joni By My Side
Aug 31

Joni By My Side

  In her own words, here is Martha's story about adopting her best friend Joni from BARCS. In 2016, I was 23 years old and my father was dying of cancer. I talked to my therapist regularly, and one day I half-joked to her that I should get a dog to help with how I was feeling. To my pleasant surprise, she told me she thought that was a good idea. When I arrived at BARCS, I told the staff person working with me what kind of pup …

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Finding Forever for Francine
Aug 7

Finding Forever for Francine

  Sweet Francine has a smile that could melt hearts across the greater Baltimore area… she certainly did each time she was at BARCS. We say each time, unfortunately, because Francine was in our shelter five separate times over the course of one and a half very long, confusing and heartbreaking years for this sensitive pup. Her story begins in January 2019, when a kind citizen found Francine after watching several people try…

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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 ho…

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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 up …

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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 wif…

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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 dispositi…

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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 search…

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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 w…

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