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Our Foster Program
While we work to raise funds to purchase a permanent home for our sanctuary, we offer a fostering program for animals who have lost their guardians. We currently have twelve guests in the program and are hoping to raise enough funds to add a few more to the family in 2022. We provide all food, medications, and vet visits for our pet guests. All of your donations allow us to continue this work and we are so grateful to our supporters for their help!

Pets in Need – Why BAARCS is so necessary

Life can change in a moment and for many that means they can no longer care for themselves or their animals. COVID, financial hardship, sudden homelessness are all too common reasons these days that pets can suddenly become homeless.

The following stories are a small example of the reason there is a real need to open a sanctuary like BAARCS, where we can help by providing a safe harbor for these animals.

Just think of how many more animals can be saved once we have a permanent location for our sanctuary!


Meet the newest member of our Foster Family – J.J. !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.J. came to us via an owner surrender due to a death in the family. He is a sweet quiet boy who spends his days watching the world go by outside his window and enjoying his salmon treats.

 

 

Luther.

 Luther’s pet daddy was an older gentleman who lived alone. He loved all animals and spent much of his time after retirement going on long walks and feeding at the TNR colonies near our neighborhood.

He passed away very suddenly a few years ago. About a month after Luther’s daddy died, I found Luther in my backyard one morning, drooling uncontrollably with a swollen-looking face.  Turned out he had an infection in his tongue

Luther strongly resisted (and I do mean “strongly”) being put into a transport cage for a visit to the vet, so after an in-home visit from a mobile vet, he was given antibiotics to clear up his infection. Now he’s the happy healthy boy seen here getting his chest scratched.

Luther prefers the outdoors, and has just begun getting used to spending time indoors. He particularly enjoys leaving hair on all soft surfaces and decimating Christmas trees.

When BAARCS opens more cats like Luther will have a permanent home and all the love and scratches they like 🙂 

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This is Dub.

Dub showed up one morning in 2014 with awful, infected-looking eyes, a completely bald tail, and bleeding wounds on his back. Actually, he didn’t just show up – he was tossed over the fence.

He had mange and missing fur, and what looked like little round cigar-size burns on his skin.  His ear was clipped so he’d been through the TNR program, but it looked like he’d been severely abused before becoming homeless.

After starting him on antibiotics, treating the mange, and cleaning him up as best as we could it was obvious he was terrified of being touched and had been severely abused.

Once he was coaxed into a carrier and taken to the vet we found out the bald tail was due to someone apparently trying to cut off his tail.

It also turned out that he did have cigar or cigarette burns on his back  – the vet treated them and they have improved immensely over the years. 

His eyes have also improved:

He feels so much better these days, and is much more trusting with humans. Once he feels comfortable with someone he immediately rolls over and demands belly rubs – the ultimate in trusting behavior.

He will come in the house for five minutes at a time and then sits by the door and cries until he’s let out – he seems to equate being in the house with being abused. However he has his little sleeping pad right outside his foster home door, and has lived there very happily for the last seven years.

Dub will be one of our pet ambassadors at the BAARCS sanctuary, ready to welcome all the others looking for a new home.

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Smoke (We can’t get him to hold still long enough to get a photo – this is a generic Savannah photo). This is Smoke. He is a hybrid kitty (Savannah) and very high energy. Smoke is the newest addition to our foster family and was abandoned when his family lost their home and left him behind. We got a call from a neighbor asking us to take him into our foster program. He’s had a bit of an adjustment living with other animals but once he got used to the idea he’s gotten much more mellow. These little guys can really jump!

These girls are Annie and Kimmie.

They are a bonded pair who were originally rescued by an older friend.

A few years after she rescued the girls my friend was diagnosed with an incurable condition and passed away. She told me before she died that she had asked her sister to take care of the dogs when she passed.

I got a call from the sister the day after my friend passed away, telling me that she was at the house and wanted me to come get the dogs and find them a home. When I said that my friend had told me she’d be taking care of the dogs she said she’d never agreed to that, didn’t want them, and if I didn’t come get them she’d take them to the shelter and have them put to sleep.

I live in a HOA – community with a pet limit, and I was already over the limit. There was no way I could keep those two little girls,

I contacted private shelters for weeks, looking for someone who could take a bonded pair of dogs of an indeterminate age (because they were originally rescued we didn’t really know their ages), but everyone was full up and most of them only wanted “adoptable” dogs – cute little puppies or young dogs that they could adopt out immediately.

I finally got a lead from a friend about an animal fostering service in Monterey that allowed people to post ads for senior pets and situations where the owner was no longer available. I posted an ad and luckily a very nice couple responded. They specifically wanted to offer a home to a bonded pair of older pets, and now those little girls have been with the couple for several years, living a happy life!

The reason we need BAARCS? Because many people won’t spend weeks or months looking for a good home for a friend or relative’s pets. Once BAARCS opens people can make advance arrangements for their pets and have peace of mind, knowing their pets will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.