Archive for December, 2009

Some exciting stats

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

The BARCS volunteer coordinator sent out some very exciting statistics for the months of September and October:

September 2009

Volunteer hours: 443

Cat adoptions: 97

Cats transferred to rescue organizations and other shelters: 45

Dog adoptions: 112

Dogs transferred to rescue organizations and other shelters: 93

October 2009

Volunteer hours: 789

Cat adoptions: 115

Cats transferred to rescue organizations and other shelters: 26

Dog adoptions: 122

Dogs transferred to rescue organizations and other shelters: 90

I’m excited to see how they do for November and December! This year is already setting records. Go BARCS!

BARCS Adoption Fee waived for the holidays

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

BARCS currently has a wonderful promotion going on until December 31st. All animals 7 months and older are FREE! Animals under 6 months are $65. A $10 license fee will be added on for Baltimore City residents, and regular adoption procedures apply.

Sully is featured in the Baltimore City Paper’s Gimme Shelter this week:

Sully came to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) after his owner was arrested. The 1 1/2 –year-old male pit mix had a broken leg. With money from Franky Fund, BARCS was able to get Sully treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery. Sully is a sweet guy with an adorable hang dog face.


Check out this cutie featured on the BARCS Adoptable pets page:

CC Aw!

I rescued a human today

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Woodie, currently available at BARCS

The following essay is posted at BARCS:

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.

I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridor. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.


Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog’s professional dog trainer. Janine’s passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2009 Rescue Me Dog;

BARCS Holiday Wish List

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) cares for more than 11,000 homeless animals annually. During this season of giving, BARCS is asking for help with their care, by donating items from the shelter wish list. We have stockings at the shelter ready to be stuffed with toys, food, and all sorts of supplies BARCS really needs to get us through the winter months. Please stop by with your donations, and while you are the shelter consider adopting one of the hundreds of wonderful cats and dogs waiting for a wonderful new home.
BARCS is located at 301 Stockholm Street, across from the Ravens Stadium. The shelter is open Mondays through Fridays from 2 pm to 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 am to 4 pm. The shelter will be open from 11 am to 3 pm on December 24 and closed on December 25.
You can find our current wish list on line at

For the Dogs…
* Towels (bath size, cotton)
* Sheets
* Dog and puppy food (Only Science Diet wet/dry and unopened please)
* Stainless steel no flip bowls (all sizes)
* Puppy replacement milk and nursing bottles
* Hay for outside dog runs
* No-slip collars (ex: Martingale and Premier Collars) Mostly medium and Large sizes needed
* Nylon Leashes 6 feet long and 1” thick
* Toys that are Durable/washable (Kongs, hard bones, nylabones, etc)
* Treats (no raw hides please)
* Kuranda beds (see the link to donate a bed on our home page


Cats are Scratching for…
* Towels – bath size, cotton
* Toys (without cat nip, please)
* Fleece cat Beds
* Treats
* Cat and kitten food (Only Science Diet wet/dry and unopened please)
* Stainless steel food/water bowls (prefer small, non-flip)
* Kitten replacement milk and nursing bottles
* Cardboard box lids (ex: from cases of food/paper/etc to use as “throw away” litter pans)
* Cardboard flats (boxes) that beer and soda cans come in, for use as “throw away” litter pans
* Litter – non-clumping

Animal Care Supplies…
* Paper towels (regular and industrial)
* Dish detergent
* Bleach
* Hot water pads
* Q-tips
* Cotton balls
* Dust pans and brushes/brooms
* Tight seal Rubbermaid containers
* Spray bottles
* Watering cans
* Scrubber Pads (not stainless steel)
* Dishwashing rubber gloves
* Hoses- 100 ft
* Trash cans with dolly and lid
* 32 gallon Heavy duty trash bags (38×58)
* Clippers with #40 blades
* Gauze (3”x3” 4PLY)
* Alcohol 70%
* Distilled water
* Exam gloves (latex gloves) all sizes
* Peroxide
* Hand Sanitizer (2L with pump)

* Copy paper (white, blue, pink, and golden rod)
* Pens
* Index card (3×5 white, pink, blue)
* Hanging file folders
* Plastic Clipboards
* Dry erase markers
* Sticky Note pads
* Duct tape
* Scotch tape
* Laminating sheets (9×12)

Ink Cartridges (Black hpc6656a (56), tri color hpc6657a (57), photo print hpc6658a (58), Black T0481, Cyan T0482, Magenta T0483, Yellow T0484, Light Cyan T0485, Light Magenta T0486)

We’d also Like to Have…

Digital Cameras (to post pictures of adoptable animals on our website)
Carts with wheels (to transport heavy items: food, litter, etc)
Scrub shirts and scrub pants for staff and volunteers
Heavy duty shelving units
Lint rollers and refills
Monetary donations are always appreciated

Happy Holidays!
BARCS 301 Stockholm Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230 (410)-396-4695

BARCS Holiday Adoption Special

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment


To promote adoptions over the holiday period, BARCS is waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats seven months or older.  Baltimore City residents will need to purchase a $10 pet license.  Puppies and kittens, six months and younger, are available for adoption at just $65.  These special rates will be in effect from December 15 through December 31, 2009.  Normal adoption procedures apply.

BARCS gift certificates are available for people who would like to give the gift of animal to some one else.  The gift certificate will enable the recipient to pick a shelter animal that is suited to their household and lifestyle.  Normal adoption procedures apply.

Included with adoptions are spaying and neutering, rabies vaccination, DHLPP vaccination, bordatella, de-wormer, flea preventative, a general examination, a food sample, a month of free veterinary care insurance, and Felv testing for cats and kittens.

BARCS is Baltimore City’s animal shelter, handling more than 11,000 animals each year.  BARCS handles more cats and dogs than any shelter in Maryland.

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:  The shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 2pm to 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.  The shelter will be open from 11 am to 3 pm on December 24 and will be closed on December 25.  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 Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.

Cat Socialization Training

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

I finally made it to cat socialization training. Ever since I completed the dog walking and escort training at BARCS I’ve wanted to round out my resume with cat socialization so that I can escort potential adopters for both cats and dogs.

The training basically consisted of three of us playing with cats one after the other and mopping down the playroom and cleaning ourselves up in between. Here are some pictures of a few of the kitties we played with:









Coral was the most fun to play with. She is about a year old and she enjoyed going after both the laser pointer and the fishing pole toy. Her coat was a very neat looking blend of white, black, gold, brown and fawn, and she had a cute pink nose. You can’t see it in the photo but along her back the tips of her hair had gold flecks in them so it kind of looked like she was sparkling.

We also played with a tiny 10 week old kitten that was absolutely adorable. She had long hair and kind of waddled around like a little groundhog. She was shy and tried to hide when we put her down on the cold floor but she was very comfortable snuggling in our laps. I tried to brush out some of her tangled fur and she *loved* being brushed. She rolled right on to her back and stretched her arms out so that I could get to her tummy and armpits with the brush. She was such a cutie!