This past Saturday, Brian and I spent over 2 hours walking and photographing some of the adorable adoptables at BARCS.  As heart-wrenching as it is to see these poor animals in this environment, I find a great sense of fulfillment and accomplishment when I get back in my car at the end of the morning.  I know I could be making a difference in the lives of these dogs and for that, I am really proud and happy.  These dogs are just incredible.  Meet 8 new beautiful faces from this weekend! 

undefined Maxs is just absolutely awesome.  Such a cool dog who already knows how to sit and shake.  Obviously, someone loved him in his previous life.  His coat is soooo soft and he takes treats gently.  Plus, he is gorgeous!  What’s not to love about this boy?!

Smiley is a bundle of energy who just loves to go for walks and be outside.  We were able to get him to sit still for a few mug shots, but he was much more interested in getting on with his walk!  He is gorgeous and certainly lives up to his name – look at that beautiful smile! 

undefined Juju is a pint-sized powerhouse with beautiful brindle markings.  Despite his small stature, he is really a strong little guy!  Juju just loves to snuggle, give kisses, and explore everything around him.  He’s a curious guy that would love a family to call his own.

Cinnamon… oh sweet, Miss Cinnamon.  This 5 year old girl is just an absolute sweetheart.  She is so calm, shy and gentle.  She is a play group participant and she gets long well with other dogs, however she prefers the attention of humans. She has been going to BARCS events for a while, representing the types of wonderful dogs that unfortunately end up at BARCS.  Miss Cinnamon would just love a family to love her and for her to love back!

undefined Munchy is just an all-around great dog!  He is around 4 years old and just as friendly as could be.  Everyone who works with or walks Munchy just raves about him.  He is truly a special guy who deserves a chance to live the good life with a family of his own.

Greysan is is stunning dog with beautiful grey markings.  Just look at those eyes!  They just look right into your soul.  Greysan loves to go for walks and play outside.  He’d make a great family pet and he’d love you forever if you just gave him the chance.undefined Addison is a total sweetheart.  I walked her last Monday and she is just so calm and beautiful.  She walks well on a leash and takes treats nicely.  She even knows how to sit!  Addison would make a great addition to any family and she really deserves to feel love in her life again.

Last, we have Adaire.  Adaire is a gorgeous dog who appears to have some German Short-haired Pointer in her (judging from her markings…)  She was so curious about everything around her and walked really nicely on a leash.  She knows how to sit and takes treats nicely.  Adaire would love a warm bed to call her own.

So there you have it – the latest bunch of BARCS adoptables.  All of these dogs were so awesome.  I know I say that about all of them, but  I’m not lying!  It amazes me how many great dogs end up in shelters.  Yesterday was the first time Brian went down with me to see what I’ve been up to.  When we were leaving BARCS yesterday, Brian even said to me “you know, I don’t think we’ll ever get a puppy again.  There are just so many great dogs that need a home in shelters.”  So true.  So please share these beautiful faces with any rescues or shelters you may know of that have room, or any friends/family members that are thinking about adding to their family. 

Another option I’d like to throw out there for anyone who is considering it is fostering.  BARCS is always looking for foster homes to take a dog out of the shelter environment.  This is helpful in many ways.  For one, the dog gets out of the shelter and into a real home where they can be evaluated more thoroughly – it’s often said that a dog’s behavior is totally different out of the shelter.  The shelter is scary, loud, and stressful for these dogs – so the way a dog acts at BARCS isn’t necessarily the way a dog will act in a “normal” setting.  Foster homes can see the dog’s true personality and potential in a home environment.  Fostering also frees up a cage for another animal to come into BARCS, which means that’s one less dog that has to be put down due to overcrowding.  I don’t know about you, but that’s a great reason for fostering in my opinion.  You are quite literally saving a life… or two!  Also, by fostering you are helping an animal directly by advocating for them and actively seeking a forever home for them.  I’ve fostered for rescues before, but never a shelter.  Brian and I are actually thinking about maybe fostering for BARCS in the near future.  We’ll keep you posted.  I’ve got my eyes on a special girl that I’d love to bring home, get out of the shelter, and hopefully find her a great home.  We’ll see how it all pans out.  In the meantime, please share these photos with anyone you know who may be interested in adopting… or fostering!