Chico's Story
Aug 19

Chico's Story


In late June, BARCS welcomed 15-year-old Chico into our care. He was found by a kind citizen while they were out walking; Chico ended up following them home! This big-hearted person kept Chico in their care for 10 days while they tried to find his human to no avail.

During our intake examination, we scanned Chico for a microchip, and we were delighted to see he had one. Unfortunately, the phone numbers associated with the chip weren’t working, as we could only get a dial tone. We were able to send an email, and our partners with Animal Control posted the property on file.

While we were working to get in touch with Chico’s family, our veterinary team noted that Chico had several medical issues that needed attention. He was diagnosed with diabetes as well as a heart murmur; wherever he ended up, he would need ongoing care to manage his conditions.

A few days after Chico arrived, his family reached out to BARCS. They said they saw his photo on our website. Notably, Chico had been missing for two months; his human said they checked our website everyday in hopes of seeing his best friend.

The duo were delighted to be reunited. And, thanks to a generous grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization, we were able to provide Chico’s diagnostic and medical care and seven days worth of insulin for him to go home with.

BARCS is one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The winning groups received grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk older dogs in their communities. This grant will help us give senior animals like Chico the care they need.
Over the past 13 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided more than $3.1 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where every senior dog thrives, and no old dog dies alone and afraid.”
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like BARCS make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in Baltimore are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of BARCS.”

The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. For details, please visit