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Meet Kaitlyn Thomas: Community Pet Program Coordinator
Sep 14

Meet Kaitlyn Thomas: Community Pet Program Coordinator

  When Kaitlyn Thomas started her new job at BARCS as Community Pet Program Coordinator on April 23, “I felt like I had come home,” she says, “The BARCS community and this new position are a perfect fit for me.” “I am passionate about social justice,” Kaitlyn explains. Her job at BARCS allows her to combine this love of working to make communities better with her love of cats and dogs. …

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Thank You, Maddie's Fund!
Aug 16

Thank You, Maddie's Fund!

  Several months ago, BARCS was awarded a generous $50,000 grant from Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, to help support our mission to keep families together.  Specifically, pet owners in Baltimore City can access pet support services to ensure that pets stay where they belong: in their home. Over the course of si…

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Keeping Pets With Families
May 18

Keeping Pets With Families

Recently, we had the privilege of boarding a young cat named Luis. Luis’ family, a mother and her two children, was evicted from their home. The mother does not speak English, so she was having trouble finding an organization that could help her. A BARCS foster and volunteer who works with House of Ruth learned about the situation and contacted BARCS to help—and BARCS didn’t hesitate to say yes. Luis was a playful, cuddly an…

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Introducing Petco Love Lost
Apr 23

Introducing Petco Love Lost

  We're reaching out to our adopters, rescue partners, volunteers, foster families, supporters, and lost and found leaders in our community to talk about Petco Love Lost, formerly known as Finding Rover. This free, centralized lost and found tool is a single database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. It is used by the majority of shelters in our community, including BARCS, …

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"Family" Is Our Favorite Word
Apr 20

"Family" Is Our Favorite Word

"Family" is our favorite word here at BARCS. Recently, we received this letter from a gentleman we helped to reunite with his beloved cat. Here is his story in his own words... ****** Hello, BARCS! I am a healthcare provider at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I had retired, but volunteered to come back due to the COVID-19 crisis. I’m working rigorous hours: 12 hours a day, seven days a week to combat the virus in addition to the…

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BARCS Announces Acquisition of The Buddy Foundation of Maryland
Sep 23

BARCS Announces Acquisition of The Buddy Foundation of Maryland

  Since 2011, The Buddy Foundation of Maryland (TBFMD) has been providing resources and solutions, including lifesaving medical care, to help underprivileged families and individuals who are financially struggling to save their beloved pets. Over the years,152 dogs have been given a second chance to gain back their health and happiness while staying with their families.  TBFMD has proudly partnered with local organizations, inclu…

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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 a…

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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 fo…

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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 mo…

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