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BARCS celebrates St. Pittie’s Day

A dozen adoptable pit bull-type dogs from Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) will put on the green and march Sunday in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Crystal, Wisteria, Penny and others will don green T-shirts, beads, bowties, shorts and shamrock headbands. Volunteers will walk the dogs in the parade, beginning at 2 p.m., and carry posters with pictures of other pit bulls available for adoption at BARCS.

The volunteers will dress the dogs at 1 p.m. Sunday, meeting at the Washington Monument, 600 N. Charles St.

The parading dogs are meant to show that pit bull terrier-types who are loved, spayed or neutered, properly trained and socialized, make happy and affectionate pets — and that anything else you might have heard to the contrary, according to BARCS ” is just a bunch of blarney.”

In conjunction with the parade, the shelter is having an adoption promotion March 13-19. All week, adopters of pit bull-type dogs will go home with a a goody bag filled with dog treats, toys, T-shirts, collars and leashes, as well as educational information on pit bull terrier-type dogs and tips on responsible dog ownership.  

BARCS works in conjunction with Best Friends Animal Society on the Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls Project, with funding support from PetSmart Charities. The project is designed to encourage responsible pet guardianship and reduce euthanasia of pit bull terriers and similar-type dogs, as well as to improve the public’s perception of pit bulls.


Comment from Foley Monster and Pocket
Time March 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Of course Murphy would be Irish. Good looking dog

Comment from Starla
Time March 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Gorgeous Pups! Kudos to BARCS for an amazing program. Hope All the Wee Doggies find their forever homes soon!

Comment from Sue
Time March 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Oh, I hope some kind Baltimore friend of yours will pass along photos of these bully dogs on parade for you to share with us!

Comment from Peggy @Peggy’s Pet Place
Time March 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

St. Pittie’s Day! That’s great! Here’s to a happy holiday for these dogs.

Comment from JRL Solutions
Time March 12, 2011 at 1:02 am

Great info here! Love to see this pit education!

Comment from Becky
Time March 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm

This is great what the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is doing. Excellent cause. I have had 2 pit bulls and they are awesome loyal dogs. The video is inspiring and the dogs are adorable.
Becky of HGH Advanced

Comment from BanBSL
Time March 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I feel bad for whoever is walking Wisteria – she’s a great dog (one of my favorites) but totally psycho-like dog aggressive.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time March 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Um, I saw Wisteria. She is NOT dog aggressive, she is very vocal and likes to play.

Comment from Iluvcats
Time February 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

Not many dog are aggressive it’s depend how u train them.