BARCS competing in Rachael Ray/ASPCA $100,000 challenge

BALTIMORE - BARCS is on a mission to find as many animals a home as it can in a short amount of time.

The animal shelter is one of 50 shelters around the nation competing in the Rachael Ray and ASPCA $100,000 challenge.  The goal is to double the number of adoptions in June, July and August compared to the number of adoptions from last year.

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For BARCS, it means finding homes for more than 2,100 dogs and cats, and they have enough to meet that goal.

"On average we take in about 35 animals a day," said Jennifer Brause, executive director of BARCS.  "In the spring and summer, we can take in upwards of 50 to 60 animals a day."

If BARCS did win the $100,000, the money would go toward its medical fund.

"We have a lot of animals that come into our shelter that need basic medical care all the way up to extreme medical care, for emergencies like hit by a car or broken bones," said Brause.

To sweeten the deal, BARCS is waiving the adoption fee on all cats and dogs for the month of July.

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