Archive for October, 2009

The three of us at BARCStoberfest

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31st, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Thanks to Les for the cute picture!


New homes for pups highlighted at BARCStoberfest

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31st, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

The adoptable dogs that were highlighted at BARCStoberfest did great! Six of them were adopted, including my favorite little girl, Uriel.

From left to right: Lucy, Prodigy, Chuckie, Uriel, Daisy, Money



Baltimore MD: Lobby 101 Seminar – Nov. 16, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31st, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

From the Humane Society of the United States: Link

“The Humane Society of the United States and Maryland Votes for Animals are hosting a free Lobby 101 seminar on Monday, November 16 in Baltimore where participants will learn how to make a tremendous difference for animals in Maryland.

The U.S. Congress and the Maryland state legislature will be considering legislation that would significantly impact animals, such as bills to strengthen Maryland’s animal cruelty laws and crack down on puppy mills. We want you to know the most effective ways to get involved and communicate your message.

We will show you basic, but effective, lobby techniques for citizen activists and provide information regarding some of the bills and issues being considered this year. Please take time to attend this meeting to support the ongoing efforts to protect the animals of Maryland and beyond. This event is free of charge, but an RSVP is requested to attend. Click here to RSVP now.”

BARCStoberfest 2009 Photos

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

BARCStoberfest is tomorrow!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

I can’t wait to check it out. I’ll be working at the adoptions table all day but Michael and Cocoa are signed up for the Strut Your Mutt Walk so they will be able to soak up all the action and report back. Hopefully we’ll get lots of photos and stories to share tomorrow!

Maryland SPCA Volunteer Orientation

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Last Sunday I attended the volunteer orientation at the Maryland SPCA on Fall’s Road. While I am fiercely loyal to devoting my spare time to the animals at BARCS, the MD SPCA has an opportunity for volunteers to help with spay/neuter surgeries, and that is something that I am very interested in. I’m pretty sure they do most of the surgeries for dogs from BARCS, too, so I will still be helping my buddies from BARCS.

There was an impressive turnout at the volunteer orientation (I’d say there were about 30 of us). I thought that the volunteer coordinator did a great job of keeping us engaged while going over all the information she needed to get through. She included lots of interesting stories about different animals and people that she has encountered, and was full of energy and enthusiasm for the entire four hours. One of the most memorable stories she told was about a puppy mill raid that they did up in Pennsylvania about a year ago. She warned us that she gets choked up every time she tells this story, and I did too. I thought I’d share it with you here:

One of the dogs that they rescued from the puppy mill was a young Beagle, who like many puppy mill breeders, was kept in a tiny rabbit hutch for her entire life. She was very scared and not used to human contact, which is very sad because Beagles crave human interaction. After she was brought back to the SPCA, she started to settle in and get used to her new surroundings, but while she was eating really well she wouldn’t drink from her water bowl. Nobody could figure it out, because usually when an animals is sick or stressed it will stop eating. For some reason she was eating fine,  just not drinking. The vets could not find anything physically wrong with her and were stumped. Eventually someone figure it out, and said,”try a rabbit feeder.” Sure enough, they offered her a rabbit feeder full of water and she guzzled it down. The poor girl had never seen water in a bowl, and didn’t know how to drink from it. Eventually she was placed in a foster home with a Beagle rescue, and the workers at the MD SPCA thought they’d never see her again. A few months went by, and she remained on everyone’s mind. But a few months later, they got a letter from the new owners with a photo of the dog splayed out on her back on a king size bed, surrounded by toys, happy as can be.

I think that story put a tear in all of our eyes and a smile on all our faces. It’s always good to hear a happy ending :-)

Rescue Ink comes to Baltimore

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23rd, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Aw man! I’m bummed that I’ll miss this because of BARCStoberfest. Otherwise I would totally go!

Rescue Ink comes to Baltimore to celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day

Sunday October 25th from 12 pm to 4pm

Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD

I read that they will be at BARCS and the MDSPCA on Monday, but will be focusing their attention on actual cases. So cool! I hope they’ll also be filming for the show while they’re here.

Presidents and Their Dogs

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

A neat slide show from link

Cherry, a dog confiscated from the property of Michael Vick, gets adopted!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

From the Best Friends website: Link

$13 Dog Adoptions! BARCS Animal Shelter Celebrates Howl-O-Ween

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is celebrating Howl-O-Ween with a very special adoption promotion. For thirteen days from October 19 through 31 the shelter will be doing $13 dog adoptions.  Regular adoption procedures will apply.

Every dog adopted from the shelter has been neutered and de-wormed; given rabies, DHLPP and bordatella vaccines; and provided with a flea preventative, a general examination, a food sample, and even a month of free health insurance.

“We’re celebrating Howl-O-Ween, but not with tricks, just treats,” says Jennifer Mead-Brause, Executive Director at BARCS.  “We’ll treat you to a new best friend.”

BARCS is the largest shelter in Baltimore and surrounding areas taking in over 12,000 animals each year.  BARCS has taken in 3,749 dogs from January 1 through September 30, 2009.

To adopt an animal from BARCS, stop by our facilities (behind M&T Bank Stadium), call us at 410-396-4695 or visit us online:  We are open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.  From our website, you can check out some of our adoptable animals.  If you can’t adopt a pet, please consider donating or volunteering for BARCS.

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) is a non-profit organization created in 2005. The mission of the BARCS is to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.