BENEFITING: The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2017
In 2009 I was living in Philadelphia and finally had the combination of personal time and living arrangements that would allow me to fulfill a dream I had since childhood; I could finally get a dog. I made my trip to the local animal shelter and took a stroll down the doggy maximum security ward (the eight foot chain-link runs where they put dogs who were able to jump out of the regular runs). As I walked by, a small black and white pitty was spastically jumping well above my head level. The choice was made: Rex (aka. Dog Butt) had a new doggy dad. I still remember nervously driving home with him because he was running all around the back of my Jeep and eventually snuck underneath the driver seat so he could pop his head out from underneath me. Everything at that point was largely planned out. I had a job offer with a local law firm and was considering some condos close to work so that I could walk Rex throughout the day. That was, of course, until the market imploded and my job disappeared. Somewhat dejected, I went out for a few beers. The beers did nothing for me, so I went home to encounter a highly energetic pup with a whipsaw tail that wagged so violently that it shook his butt. It probably goes without saying, but the pup cheered me up.
Over the years, housing changed, friends changed, relationships began, relationships ended and worked changed, but the tail remained constant. Rex is currently about as pampered as a dog can get. His silly pit smile will look up at you from the sofa (his bed) before he rushes off to get a peanut butter Kong. I like to think that Rex gets as much out of our relationship as I do, but that seems like a pretty high standard to match.
Unfortunately, not all dogs have the opportunity to positively impact people the way Rex has. Some dogs come into shelters sick or injured and people, understandably, avoid adopting these otherwise great dogs out of concerns about medical bills. Some dogs come into shelters as a result of abuse or neglect by people who are either cruel or uneducated in animal care. The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) does an amazing job not only treating these poor animals, but also educating the public so as to prevent future harm. Like any non-profit organization, however, BARCS has limited resources and seemingly unlimited demand.
Your contributions will give the dogs (and cats) at BARCS a chance at adoption, shelter, love and, ultimately, being spoiled rotten. Even a small contribution will go a long way towards feeding and caring of a homeless dog.