Archive for October, 2009

BARCStoberfest Rescheduled to Sunday October 25!

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


BARCStoberfest is this Saturday! Visit me at the adoptions booth

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

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Have fun and help the city’s homeless animals!

BARCS invites everyone to take part in the 5th annual BARCStoberfest & Strut Your Mutt Walk on Saturday October 17, 2009. The event is a fun-filled Saturday for the whole community that helps to raise awareness and much needed funds for the 12,000 animals BARCS takes in each year. There is something for everyone at BARCStoberfest! We will have a Silent Auction, Pet Costume Contests, local artists & vendors, adoptable pets, animal health & welfare experts, pet demos, and more!

What 5th Annual BARCStoberfest & “Strut Your Mutt” Walk

Where Patterson Park, corner of Eastern & Linwood Streets (directions)

When Saturday October 17th, 11am – 4pm. (Rain Date is Sun. Oct. 18th). Walk starts at Noon!

Please note that while BARCStoberfest is free, there are some fees for the pet contests. Download the Pet Costume Contest form in MS Word or PDF format!

For more information on BARCStoberfest and the Strut Your Mutt Walk, please choose one of the following:

Vick refuses to meet former Bad Newz Kennel dogs while in Oakland

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

News release taken from the BAD RAP Blog:

Vick refuses to meet former Bad Newz Kennel dogs while in Oakland

Late last week, Oakland based pit bull advocacy group BAD RAP invited Michael Vick to view eight of his former Bad Newz Kennels dogs from behind a window while in town for the Raiders game on October 18, but the offer was refused. The invitation was extended to allow Vick an opportunity to acknowledge the victims of the crimes he committed while running a dogfighting operation that employed torture and death as a means to punish underperforming dogs. Vick has indicated remorse for disappointing his fans, his family, his teammates and his coach, but has steered clear of mentioning his victim dogs in public statements.

BAD RAP Co-Founder, Tim Racer said: “Oakland is a town that welcomed Vick’s broken dogs with open arms back in 2007. We understand Vick is trying to right his wrongs and is very interested in redemption, but you can’t find redemption without acknowledging your victims. Making amends to the dogs themselves would have helped to create some closure for many of us, especially the people who worked so hard to keep them from being destroyed. It seems that Vick is not ready to go there.”

Pamela Browner-Crawley, public affairs director for the Philadelphia Eagles, relayed BAD RAP’s offer to Vick. To satisfy the conditions of Vick’s parole that bars him from being near animals, a location was identified that would allow him to view his former dogs from behind a window, at legal distance. On Wednesday, Crawley contacted BAD RAP to decline on behalf of Vick. Ignoring the fact that legalities would be followed, she explained, “Michael is not allowed to be around dogs by a court order, so logistically and legally, your plan can’t work.”

“We were fairly certain that he would decline our invitation, given his continued refusal to make mention of his dogs,” said Racer. “The unfortunate thing is that his new position of compassion towards animals would be so much more credible if he could actually say that he looked his victims in the eye and said, “I’m sorry.”

“My Dog is Family” Photo Contest from

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Check out these awesome photos of sweet pibbles!

My favorite is the very last one on page 19: Sally :-)

Click here

Some More Favorites

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

A few of my favorite dogs at BARCS have had their pictures added to the website!





Dogs adopt people in this music video

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

This is hilarious!

You Scream I Scream – Dog (video)

Animal Cruelty and Free Speech

Posted in Uncategorized on October 6th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

This is a first for me. I know that dog fighting is a huge problem in the US, and I can believe that people would try to profit from it not only by arranging fights but also by selling videos of dogs fighting… but “crush fetishes”? I can’t imagine how anyone finds it exciting to watch a woman crush a kitten with her high heal. The human race disgusts me sometimes.

Article from the New York Times

BARCS at the Fell’s Point Festival

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

This Saturday BARCS had a booth at the Fell’s Point Festival. It was a big success! We had a great location on the corner of Broadway and Lancaster and it was a beautiful day. We got lots of traffic! I was there from 9-3 along with 3 other volunteers and we had a constant stream of people. We promoted BARCStoberfest to everyone who walked by with a dog, and tons of people stopped to pet the two dogs we had available for adoption.

One of the dogs we brought, James, was super popular. People were all over him, kissing him, and carrying on about what a good boy he is. The other dog was Marla, who is a small, shy pittie girl. Marla just came in as a stray a few days ago, but she is very sweet and was very popular with the festival goers. I think that we got at least one application for James, which is great. James has already been adopted twice; once by someone who realized they couldn’t afford to care for his skin allergy, and another time by a woman who’s landlord changed his mind about allowing dogs. It’s about time for James to get a forever home!

We also had plenty of donations! People were stuffing all kinds of bills in our little donations box and we had to keep emptying it out. I think we did a great job of promoting the shelter through the dogs we had there, the adoption book, and the info fliers. All in all, I think it was a very successful event for BARCS!

Here are some photos:


This is James with two volunteers wearing his “adopt me” vest



Little Marla with an admirer


The BARCS booth


Is it Illegal to Save a Dog’s Life?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2nd, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Should someone be punished for “stealing” a dog out of someone’s yard, even if that dog is clearly being mistreated and dying of starvation/disease? Are dogs really property?  Or something more?

Hopefully this woman’s efforts will call some much needed attention to animal neglect. Neglect=abuse! And it’s going on all the time in a backyard near you.

Check this out

Some Favorites

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1st, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Uriel is so excited! She is high energy but a very, very sweet and loving girl. She is a lot of fun! I try to walk her every time I’m there, and she just shimmies with excitement when I mess around with her. Her tail wags so fast she gives the term “ninja tail” a whole new meaning.


Brown Dog is also a very sweet girl. She has been at the shelter a few months now. She is very strong and buff but if someone can work with her to teach her not to pull, she’ll make a wonderful pet.

Brown Dog

And Norman, who has a spot on his side that’s shaped like a heart! (you can’t really see it in this picture you have to be viewing him from the side). I saw that Norman has an “Adoption Pending” sign on his kennel so I am very happy for him.