BARCS Community Pet Program Fall Project

  • Location
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Status
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    Any Age

The Problem

Bridging the gap between the community and the veterinary resources that are largely inaccessible for the majority of said community.

Our Plan

Our ongoing project keeps pets with families and reduces shelter intake. Pets receive medical care, supplies such as food, litter, collars, leashes and carriers, and spay/neuter all at no cost. We support underserved families and frequently see Leptospirosis and Distemper, making vaccinations integral. Our offsite clinics go beyond vaccines and often have exams and behavior consulting, all to keep pets in their homes and assist our underserved community.

Themes Addressed

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    Animal Welfare
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    Pets & Companion Animals

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

The project went perfectly! BARCS used the Roots & Shoots funding to make critical repairs to a Baltimore resident's home so they could be reunited with their beloved family dogs. The dogs, named Buck, Izzy and Meatball, had been impounded at BARCS through Baltimore City Animal Control for over 90 days. BARCS was able to help the family safely secure their dogs with a brand new privacy fence and cleaned up their yard to address the Animal Control violations.

Through this project I/we learned:

We learned that spending time together and working as a team with our community makes BARCS an unstoppable force for social change through the love we share for our pets. We were privileged to know our clients in a more intimate way, allowing us to hear their stories and better improve our overall approach and services.

What I/we might change:

Notably, this was the smoothest project we've done so far. We look forward to more opportunities to help community members in need.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

The project occurred on the dog owner's birthday! BARCS was so happy to give them the best birthday present ever: a safe play space for their beloved dogs.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Staff and shelter volunteers were very bonded to the three dogs who spent over 90 days in our shelter. We were all so invested in making sure these dogs could return back home where they belong. Everyone stepped up to support this project in any way possible. Best of all, the family who benefitted from this grant is now volunteering with our shelter.

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