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Gary McFaline's Fundraiser:

IRONMAN Maryland 2017

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BENEFITING: The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter

ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION

EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2017

Gary McFaline

THE STORY:

 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.   


$1,300

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Joe and Carol

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Michelle

    $140

  • Bernadette Jehnert

    $50

  • HellKat

    $100

  • Kelly

    $100

  • Hoov

    $100

  • Mr. & Mrs. Jones, AKA TEAM GINGER

    $25

  • Matt and Sam #heavypedal

    $25

  • Bella & Renzo

     

  • Beth Ryan

    $100

  • Kate

     

  • Your brother, sister in law and three nephews!

    $100

  • Olga McFaline

    $100

  • Gary McFaline

    $100

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The Team: $1,650 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Gary McFaline

Amount Raised

$1,300

Fundraiser Title

James Hodge

Amount Raised

$350

Fundraiser Title

THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Gary McFaline

Gary McFaline

DONATION: $100

7 months ago

Olga McFaline

Olga McFaline

DONATION: $100

7 months ago

Your brother, sister in law and three nephews!

Your brother, sister in law and three nephews!

DONATION: $100

We love you! 7 months ago

Kate

Kate

Work hard Gary! 8 months ago

Beth Ryan

Beth Ryan

DONATION: $100

Go get 'em G!! 8 months ago

Bella & Renzo

Bella & Renzo

Rescue pups are the best! Adopt don't shop! 8 months ago

Matt and Sam #heavypedal

Matt and Sam #heavypedal

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Mr. & Mrs. Jones, AKA TEAM GINGER

Mr. & Mrs. Jones, AKA TEAM GINGER

DONATION: $25

Kill em dead GARY! 8 months ago

Hoov

Hoov

DONATION: $100

Do work brother 8 months ago

Kelly

Kelly

DONATION: $100

Happy to contribute to such a great cause. Best of luck on the race! 8 months ago