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At BARCS, our fostering program has always been a robust initiative serving as a lifeline for nearly 2,000 animals per year. Up until the 2020 pandemic, the program prioritized foster placement for animals who were underage, had long-term medical needs, or otherwise were not thriving in the shelter environment. When the pandemic hit, we had to vastly expand our foster placement of healthy and adoptable animals. Doing this allowed us to maintain our lifesaving outcomes by continuing adoptions outside of our shelter walls with minimal human-to-human contact, and refocusing our sheltering efforts on emergency and specialized cases that need immediate care within our facility. We gained hundreds of new foster families and a large foster-on-deck list who are at the ready to help us ease the number of animals coming into the shelter.
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