I troll the halls of B.A.R.C.S regularly, I’ve consistently attended BARCtoberfest, they are my hometown shelter and writing a post about them has been difficult. How do you write about a shelter that gave you not one but two best friends. These articles are meant to gush over the amazing people and businesses that have come together to be a part of a community of dog lovers but B.A.R.C.S really began my journey as a dog lover, they began all of this. Not only is B.A.R.C.S open for adoptions but they also have low cost services for the community. B.A.R.C.S is making adopting and owning pets affordable, they are helping people keep their pets during financial distress and they have a specialty fund (the Franky Fund ) to take care of sick and injured animals. They give back all of these things while being an open admission shelter, working off of grants and donations, and going from only saving 240 lives in 2004 to 9,000 lives in 2016. Visit www.barcs.org to learn more about B.A.R.C.S and how you can help!