The Petco Foundation has been a generous supporter of BARCS for many years. Their support began with granting funds for spay and neuter surgeries, puppy cages, washing machines and dryers, and general operating funds. In 2015 they provided grant funding to increase adoptions. This funding enabled BARCS to expand offsite adoptions by hiring two offsite adoption coordinators to focus on adoption events in the community and to provide over site in the retail stores that house some of BARCS adoptable cats.
For the 2016-2017 year, the Petco Foundation not only continued to fund the two offsite adoption counselor positions, but increased the grant funding tremendously in order to save even more lives. This year they also funded three positions to continue our community cat program where we spay and neuter 3,000 outdoor cats annually. This program has made a huge impact to BARCS live release rate by preventing unwanted litters and cats from having to enter the shelter and by allowing these animals to live where they thrive--but altered and vaccinated! They also funded two positions to hire our first ever behavior coordinators who will work to help keep pets in homes as well as enrich the lives of the animals at the shelter. In addition to these life-saving roles, they also provided supplies and sponsorship funds to support these programs.
We are beyond grateful for their support of BARCS and our life-saving programs!
PetSmart Charities provided significant grants funding to increase our in-house spay/neuter capabilites and to create an Intake Prevention Program in 2016. These Programs both target lowering the intake into the shelter and providing owners with resources to keep their pets as part of their family.
From 2013 through June of 2016, PetSmart Charities along with Best Friends Animal Society, provided a significant grant to support the Baltimore Community Cat Program, designed to help lessen the burden on BARCS by enhancing the humane population control of free-roaming cats in Baltimore City. This 3-year grant allowed for the TNR of an additional 3,500 community cats each year.
PetSmart also funded a TNR project to spay/neuter 850 cats in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City.
The Baltimore Orioles have been an amazing community partner had huge supporter of BARCS since 2011. They produce an annual Orioles Pet Calendar where players pose with BARCS adoptable animals or their own pets. All proceeds from the calendar goes directly to BARCS. Not only is the Orioles Pet Calendar a fun way to showcase BARCS’ adoptable animals and to see the players in a different light, it’s a lifesaving fundraiser for our shelter. The sales from the calendar provide things like food, surgery, and medical care for the more than 11,000 homeless animals that come to BARCS—it is a lifeline for our shelter and we are beyond grateful to be a part of this wonderful project.
Each year to kick off the new calendar, the Orioles players come to BARCS for an autograph signing to raise more funds for the shelter. The Baltimore Orioles definitely go to bat for the animals at BARCS!View Website
"Show Your Soft Side” is a campaign developed to combat the alarming incidence of animal abuse in Baltimore. Launched in September 2011 its goal is to change the mindset of young people who often view the maiming and torturing of defenseless animals as a sign of “toughness” or “manhood." A critical need in view of research that's borne out the fact that kids who abuse animals soon graduate to even more violent crime. The posters, ads and billboards feature well-known athletes and recording artists with their pets and show that being a man has many facets to it, including a "soft side" when it comes to animals. Each makes the point - only a punk would hurt a cat or dog.
Best Friends Animal Society has been a long time supporter of BARCS. Back in 2010 they helped us to create programs advocating for, and changing the public preception of, pit bull type dogs by dispelling myths and helping people to understand that each animal is its own individual. They also have helped us connect and network with other organizations to share information and create amazing programs like Amie Saddlers dog "playgroups". In addition, they participate in various legislative issues in Maryland assisting BARCS and all animal welfare organizations with ensuring humane laws for animals are in place.
Along with PetSmart Charities, Best Friends Animal Society provided a significant grant to start the Baltimore Community Cat Program, designed to help lessen the burden on BARCS by enhancing the humane population control of free-roaming cats in Baltimore City. This 3-year grant alloweded for the TNR of an additional 3,500 community cats each year.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture most recently supported BARCS with a grant to continue the impactful work of our Community Cat Program, previously funded by Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities. This grant funding underwrites the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for 3,000 community cats during a 12-month period. The program benefits the community by decreasing the number of outdoor cats, administering vaccinations to those that live outdoors, and decreasing the euthanasia of unowned cats. In 2015, the Maryland Department of Agriculture also funded a two-year collaborative grant for BARCS and the Maryland SPCA for the spay/neuter of 250 owned dogs plus 1,000 owned cats and the hire of an Outreach Coordinator to run the program.View Website
Three years ago Middendorf Foundation awarded BARCS with a capital grant to renovate one of our cat adoption rooms with new cat suite-style cages. These cages provide more space for each cat as well as a separate compartment for their litter pan resulting in a more comfortable stay at the shelter. The Middendorf Foundation awards grants on a three year cycle and this year we are honored that they have decided to provide BARCS with another capital grant to update all of the remaining cat rooms with suite style cat cages!
The Baltimore County Kennel Club have been generous supporters of BARCS over the past several years. They have providing funding for much needed supplies and materials as well as general donations in order to support our work for the animals.View Website
Everyone recognizes the huge BARCS outdoor sign when they drive up to the shelter that was generously donated by Harbour Sign & Graphics, LTD. Helping us with branding, they have created our professional banners and signage used at events and in our shelter, bronze donor recognition plaques and many of our other signage needs.View Website
Mission Media is a creative agency located in Baltimore, MD, USA that provides interactive, graphic design, branding and advertising services. They created, host, and provide assistance pro bono to BARCS for the maintenance of our website.View Website
Provides low cost Science Diet dry cat and dog food for all of our animals through their Shelter Program.View Website