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STOP ABUSE: April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month


Tuesday, April 5th

If you see something, say something. April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month and BARCS, along with Baltimore City, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Animal Control and the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, are taking a stand against animal cruelty in our city.

Our campaign “Pets are family too. Stop Abuse.” aims to not only bring awareness to the horrible problem of animal abuse in Baltimore, but also to show those who hurt helpless animals that such behavior is not tolerated in our great city.

Pictured alongside BARCS volunteer Chris S. is Hawkeye, a recent victim of animal abuse right here in our city. Hawkeye has healing deep bite wounds on his face. A good Samaritan witnessed two young children encouraging their dogs to attack helpless Hawkeye. He was tied down, couldn't escape and wouldn't fight back. This dear, sweet love just stood cornered, and is only alive because of the good citizen who stepped in to stop this horrible atrocity. The man who saved Hawkeye did so by “saying something.” He called Baltimore City Animal Control and they were able to pick up Hawkeye and open an investigation for the case. He was brought to BARCS where we tended to his wounds and are covering his ongoing care.

Baltimore does not turn a blind eye to abuse. We are committed to educating the next generation that pets are family—to be cherished, loved, cared for and respected.

We are asking you to join us in spreading this campaign, by downloading and printing the poster (/uploads/files/Stop-Abuse_Sign_BARCS_white.pdf), taking a photo of yourself and uploading it to social media. Our campaign hashtags are #petsarefamilytoo, #stopabuse and #baltimorecity