The Petco Foundation has been a generous supporter of BARCS for many years. Their support began with granting funds for spay and neuter surgeries, puppy cages, washing machines and dryers, and general operating funds. In 2015, they provided grant funding to increase adoptions. This funding enabled BARCS to expand offsite adoptions by hiring two offsite adoption coordinators to focus on adoption events in the community and to provide over site in the retail stores that house some of BARCS adoptable cats. For the 2016-2017 year, the Petco Foundation not only continued to fund the two offsite adoption counselor positions, but also increased the grant funding tremendously in order to save even more lives. They also funded three positions to continue our community cat program, which helps us spay and neuter 3,000 outdoor cats annually. This program has made a huge impact to BARCS' live release rate by preventing unwanted litters and cats from having to enter the shelter and by allowing these animals to live where they thrive--but altered and vaccinated! They also funded two positions to hire our first ever behavior coordinators, who will work to help keep pets in homes as well as enrich the lives of the animals at the shelter. In addition to these lifesaving roles, they also provided supplies and sponsorship funds to support these programs. The Petco Foundation continues their amazing support of the programs above by renewing their grant funding with a two year Lifesaving Impact Award commitment. We are beyond grateful for their support of BARCS and our lifesaving programs!
PetSmart Charities provided significant grants funding to increase our in-house spay/neuter capabilities and to create an Intake Prevention Program in 2016. These programs both target lowering the intake into the shelter and providing owners with resources to keep their pets as part of their family. In 2017, PetSmart Charities generously renewed their funding of our successful Intake Prevention Program. From 2013 through June of 2016, PetSmart Charities, along with Best Friends Animal Society, provided a significant grant to support the Baltimore Community Cat Program, designed to help lessen the burden on BARCS by enhancing the humane population control of free-roaming cats in Baltimore City. This three year grant allowed for the TNR of an additional 3,500 community cats each year. PetSmart also funded a TNR project to spay/neuter 850 cats in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture most recently supported BARCS with a grant to continue the impactful work of our Community Cat Program, previously funded by Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities. For the second year in a row, this grant funding underwrites the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for 2,500 community cats during a 12 month period. The program benefits the community by decreasing the number of outdoor cats, administering vaccinations to those that live outdoors, and decreasing the euthanasia of unowned cats. In 2015, the Maryland Department of Agriculture also funded a two year collaborative grant for BARCS and the Maryland SPCA for the spay/neuter of 250 owned dogs plus 1,000 owned cats and the hire of an Outreach Coordinator to run the program.
The Baltimore Orioles have been an amazing community partner had huge supporter of BARCS since 2011. They produce an annual Orioles Pet Calendar where players pose with BARCS adoptable animals or their own pets. All proceeds from the calendar goes directly to BARCS. Not only is the Orioles Pet Calendar a fun way to showcase BARCS’ adoptable animals and to see the players in a different light, but it’s a lifesaving fundraiser for our shelter. The sales from the calendar provide things like food, surgery and medical care for the more than 12,000 homeless animals that come to BARCS—it is a lifeline for our shelter and we are beyond grateful to be a part of this wonderful project. Each year, to kick off the new calendar, the Orioles players come to BARCS for an autograph signing to raise more funds for the shelter. The Baltimore Orioles definitely go to bat for the animals at BARCS!
Kathy Harvey and her creative team have been donating their website and branding expertise starting with the wrap design for our mobile adoption vehicle, the BBF Waggin’, and the design of our website. They designed the wrap for our Baltimore Community Cats Program van used for our successful Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) project as well as designing the BARCS full-color brochure.The Harvey team has been very supportive of all of our events and donate creative silent auction prizes. A BARCS alumnus dog can be spotted at their pet-friendly office.
"Show Your Soft Side” is a campaign developed to combat the alarming incidence of animal abuse in Baltimore. Launched in September 2011, its goal is to change the mindset of young people who often view the maiming and torturing of defenseless animals as a sign of “toughness” or "manhood." A critical need in view of research that's borne out the fact that kids who abuse animals soon graduate to even more violent crime. The posters, ads and billboards feature well-known athletes and recording artists with their pets and show that being a man has many facets to it, including a "soft side" when it comes to animals. Each makes the point that only a punk would hurt a cat or dog. BARCS is proud to be a partner of the "Show Your Soft Side Team." Together, we host Pawject Runway, an event where celebrities, called "Softies," that participate in the campaign walk the runway with BARCS' adoptable animals. The proceeds for the event go directly toward the care of the animals at BARCS and to support the campaigns work toward ending animal abuse.
Five years ago, the Middendorf Foundation awarded BARCS with a capital grant to renovate one of our cat adoption rooms with new suite style cages. These cages provide more space for each cat as well as a separate compartment for their litter pan resulting in a more comfortable stay at the shelter. The Middendorf Foundation awards grants on a three year cycle, and this year we are honored that they have decided to provide BARCS with another capital grant to update all of the remaining cat rooms with suite style cat cages!
Brown's Toyota of Glen Burnie supports general operating expenses for BARCS through a generous annual donation and hosted their first annual “Super Duper” Adoption Event for BARCS at their dealership getting many cats and dogs adopted on a day when their showroom is closed to the public but open to the pet loving community for adoptions.
Frank Remesch, the general manager of Royal Farms Arena, and his team have been faithful supporters of BARCS. The relationship kicked off with an evacuation of the shelter to the Royal Farms Arena, where they housed over 250 of our animals during Hurricane Sandy. They feature a gigantic mural about BARCS in their main lobby and they promote our events through their extensive social media network. For the past few years, Royal Farms Arena has donated their services by hosting our annual Pawject Runway with Frank as the co-chair and runway Softie. For the past year, Royal Farms Arena has been donating a portion of the sales from their BARCS souvenir cups.
Best Friends Animal Society has been a long time supporter of BARCS. Back in 2010, they helped us to create programs advocating for and changing the public perception of pit bull type dogs by dispelling myths and helping people to understand that each animal is its own individual. They also have helped us connect and network with other organizations to share information and create amazing programs like Amie Saddlers' dog "playgroups." In addition, they participate in various legislative issues in Maryland, assisting BARCS and all animal welfare organizations with ensuring humane laws for animals are in place. Along with PetSmart Charities, Best Friends Animal Society provided a significant grant to start the Baltimore Community Cat Program, designed to help lessen the burden on BARCS by enhancing the humane population control of free-roaming cats in Baltimore City. This three year grant allowed for the TNR of an additional 3,500 community cats each year. Most recently, Best Friends awarded us a grant for the alternative placement of cats that would do better in a barn, warehouse or other business, rather than in a home. Known as our Working Cats Program, these special cats "work" as mousers in return for shelter, food and medical care, if needed.
Bill Miller, CFA, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Miller Value Partners, is a dedicated BARCS donor. Most recently, he saw our BARCStoberfest 2018 need and decided that he wanted to help us push though our $300,000 fundraising goal. In addition to being passionate about value focused long term investing, Bill and his team are devoted dog lovers, having seven dogs among their families.
Since 1992, The Snyder Foundation for Animals has always been an organization ahead of the trends in animal welfare, investing early in spay/neuter programs and lifesaving shelter and rescue programs. They have been a vital partner in BARCS’ lifesaving and financial success over the years and was the first grantor to believe in BARCS’ early mission to turn around the high euthanasia rates in Baltimore City. In 2008, they took a leap of faith and donated the first major gift of $5,000 to BARCS. Though the Snyder Foundation has closed their doors, their overall support totals over $250,000.
Everyone recognizes the huge BARCS outdoor sign when they drive up to the shelter that was generously donated by Harbour Sign & Graphics Ltd. They have created our professional banners and signage used at events and in our shelter, bronze donor recognition plaques and many of our other signage needs.
Hill's Pet Nutrition provides low cost Science Diet dry cat and dog food for all of our animals through their Shelter Program.
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. They generously provided BARCS with a $5,000 grant to provide much-needed medical care to owned senior dogs so they can remain with their families.
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.”