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BARCS is taking their adoptions virtual during the coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:33:41-04

BALTIMORE — Self-isolation and social distancing can be lonely, so a number of people have adopted new pets.

But you can't just go to the animal shelter. That's why BARCS is going virtual!

Once you've filled out the adoption application and email it to the shelter, you'll meet the pet you're hoping to get through Facetime.

The whole reason for doing this is to limit the exposure to essential staff. The Colbert's virtually adopted their new dog Kimberly.

"We were immediately in touch with BARCS by phone, by email, by text. We were in contact with her foster mom," Jennifer Colbert said. We Facetimed with her. We sent a lot of pictures back a forth and got to know Kimberly through her foster mom virtually."

Here's the kicker.

You'd think adoptions would be down because of what's happening, but BARCS says they saw more adoptions this march than they did in March last year.