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Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS): Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Over the holidays we offered the Holiday of Hope adoption specials. All dog adopters were able to pull a snowflake out of our large bowl and they received either a waived adoption fee, $10 adoption fee, $10-off adoption fee or a name-your-own adoption fee (cats had a different special). Many of the “winners” made a donation back to BARCS and we wrote their name (or their pet’s) on a holiday ornament that we hung on our large Christmas tree.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Everyone wins … our adopters and our dogs! The public loves our monthly specials, especially when they win a chance for a reduced fee or name-their-own adoption fee. We used the Orvis grant to underwrite the costs of the $10-off adoption fees and we were able to get 100 dogs adopted!

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Frankie, a beautiful 10-year-old German Shepherd, came to BARCS because his owner died and no one in the family wanted him. Such a majestic dog, he was so forlorn in his kennel and was being overlooked by potential adopters. We put Frankie in an employee’s office (as we often do with frightened animals) and he perked right up being out of the kennel environment! We work with so many breed rescues that pull animals from our shelter to make room for our Pit Bulls that make up over 85% of our dog population, so it’s rare that we have a breed for any length of time. Always looking ahead to our next holiday special, we dressed Frankie up for our Valentine’s special photo shoot and one of the spectators said he would love to adopt Frankie and give him a forever home! He drew a $10-off-the-adoption-fee snowflake and ended up not only paying for the adoption, but donated an additional $100!

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS): Mohawk Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This generous Mohawk Flooring Operation grant of $1,000 was used to purchase 950 “Training Your Adopted Dog” DVDs (one of the DVD sponsors is Petfinder.com) to be given out in our dog-adoption packets to new dog adopters.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

So many of the pet adopters at BARCS are first-time pet parents. We had been giving these DVDS out, but ran out of them. This grant enabled us to purchase almost 1,000 more and we’ve found them to be so helpful once the family gets their new dog home, especially for those that never had a dog before. The DVD covers: Crate Training, House Training, Destructive Chewing, Jumping, Mouthing, and Fun Tricks and Obedience. Our pet parents have told us over and over how helpful this wonderful DVD has been in training their new pup.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help 950 dogs as they leave for their forever homes.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Tenzo was just a bundle of energy when Animal Control brought him to BARCS as a stray. He’s a love bug and was hoping to find someone to shower with licks and kisses and someone who had as much energy as he does. In came Kaitlin, an avid jogger and outdoorswoman who fell head over heels in love with Tenzo. This is her first dog as an adult and she says she watched the DVD over and over so she could properly get Tenzo’s energy harnessed and that he would listen to her commands when outdoors so everyone stays safe and has a great time. The photos below tell it all!

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS): Shelter+ Challenge Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

As Maryland’s largest open-admission shelter, BARCS does not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food and a loving touch. BARCS grants refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our doors — totaling over 12,000 animals annually.

The BARCS Medical Care Fund provides ongoing in-house medical care for all of our shelter animals, including antibiotics, vaccinations, testing, parasite control and spay-and-neuter surgery so that they are ready to be put up for adoption to the community. This is where the generous $1,000 Petfinder Foundation funding was used; it enabled us to get almost 35 female dogs spayed prior to their adoption!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Medical Care Fund was created to provide the funding for routine medical care for all 12,000 animals that come to BARCS at a cost of almost $500,000 annually. BARCS houses almost 250 cats and dogs in the shelter at any given time, plus over 700 more in foster care. The majority of animals that come to BARCS are not altered, have no proof of a vaccine history, and are often ill due to being neglected or abandoned. Once in the care of BARCS, all animals are vaccinated, provided with flea treatment and dewormer and are tested for various diseases as needed upon arrival. In addition, BARCS spays or neuters all of its animals in the shelter’s surgical suite prior to adoption.

Medical care for the animals at BARCS is the largest part of our budget and where funding for our shelter is always most critically needed. BARCS has dramatically increased the number of animals saved every year, but there are so many suffering, neglected and abandoned pets that still need our help and that require ongoing medical care and where funding from this grant was applied.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant enabled us to spay almost 35 female dogs before they were adopted!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sometimes it takes a village to find a forever home, and it’s happy tails like these that remind us how amazing the rescue community can be! Shauna came to BARCS a few months ago after she was left tied to a pole. Neglected and suffering from a skin condition known as Demodex, Shauna’s skin was very uncomfortable and her entire belly was red hot and hairless. Thanks to some networking and old friends, a former volunteer photographer at BARCS saw Shauna’s picture online. It was love at first sight.

Shauna, now named Sunday, is finally home! After a few days at a local vet hospital to recover from her cold and finish up some of her skin medications, Sunday had the first-class treatment and caught a private plane to meet her new mommy in South Carolina! Living the high life as a Southern belle, Sunday’s mastered the fine art of cuddling and loves her new family.

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS): Comfort Zone Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Since kitten season is in full bloom, the generous Comfort Zone $1,000 grant was used to purchase special Science Diet (not donated or discounted on the Shelter Program) dry and canned kitten food and bottle baby formula.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

As Maryland’s largest companion animal shelter and its largest open admission shelter, on any given day BARCS house 110 dogs, 110 cats and has a staggering 700 or more cats, kittens and dogs in foster care! Though BARCS is part of the Science Diet Shelter Program, there is no discount or donation on specialty foods that we use to feed all of the kittens able to eat solid food. Additionally, our fosters provide everything for our animals in their care, except for medical treatment. Since we get hundreds of kittens every month, many of our fosters cannot afford to keep up with the cost of feeding. This generous grant not only fed the kittens housed at the shelter, but also was provided to financially at-risk fosters so they can continue to feed their kittens until they can all be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant fed over over 100 kittens at the shelter for almost a month, plus an additional 100 kittens in foster care for a month

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The Pringles kittens (Pringles 1 through 5) were dumped at BARCS and found hiding under our events shed. We were able to trap them all, and the trapper ended up fostering all five of them. She found homes for three of them and kept two for herself!

Inky, Stinky, Winky, Pinky, Blinky and Dinky were brought in by a good Samaritan who found them under her porch, but no mom in sight. We found a foster to bottle feed all of them as they were kept together. Now that they are older than seen in the photo, they all have been adopted into loving families from several different adoption events. Blinky is the most photogenic of the litter and a young family that has a little daughter and son adopted Blinky as their first family pet!