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BARCS is back in business after a power outage knocked out their air conditioning

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 07, 2024

Update:

Noelle Patterson, the assistant director of communications at BARCS, says that the air conditioning is working in most of the shelter. Parts are on the way to fix the a/c units that keep the medical wing cool. Currently, there are portable a/c units keeping it cool.
 

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After a tumultuous couple of days, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) announced Sunday on Facebook they are back in business after being temporarily shut down due to a broken AC unit.

In the post, they thanked the community for sticking by them as they adjusted to protect the animals.

“Hooray! BARCS is back to business as usual today! Come adopt an animal at our shelter—all adoption fees are waived for our GO BIG, GO HOME challenge to save 1,000 lives this July. Let’s do it, Baltimore!”

“Thank you again for sticking with us, always. It’s because of our community that lives get saved.”

BARCS announced Friday they were closing early in the middle of a heat wave because of broken air conditioning.

The organization worked with Baltimore City’s Office of Emergency Management for an immediate cooling solution while we await information on a timeline for full repairs.

Later that day, BARCS was given industrial misting fans.

However, on Saturday, the shelter announced they had to close adoptions for the day and limit foot traffic to conserve electricity.

The story gained enough attention that one business in Little Italy came to help. On Saturday, Sweet Louie Hair Salon held a donation drop-off and foster parent drive.

The drive was organized by Pan Needleman, Sweet Louie's owner and vice president of the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, and Swinita Shah, a fellow dog lover.

"We are a very doggy-friendly community. Everyone loves BARCS. I think half our neighbor's pets are from BARCS, so we wanted to see what we can do," said Shah.

Shah continued, "We didn't have to ask our neighbors. I think it's more about spreading the word. As soon as my post went out, I had tens of thousands of calls. They were like, how can I help? What can we do?"

There, neighbors dropped off water, apple sauce, canned pumpkins, Cheerios, and plastic wrap, to name a few. Later that day, those donations were dropped off at the BARCS location.