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How One Viral Video Changed The Game For Baltimore’s High-Volume Shelter

How One Viral Video Changed The Game For Baltimore’s High-Volume Shelter

When a volunteer at the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) took a quick video of a puppy crying after her spay surgery while receiving cuddles from a staff member, no one knew that posting the video to Facebook would change everything.

The pup, then called Meesha, was waking up from anesthesia while being cradled and smooched by surgical assistant Dennis Moses – and it proved to be too cute for just about anyone to handle. Since the video was posted on the BARCS Facebook page on February 25, it’s been viewed over 10 million times, the page has over 30 thousand new followers, the shelter has received calls from across the globe, and adoptions have soared.

BARCS is the largest shelter in Maryland, taking in 11,000 animals every year and often treating abused animals, so this positive attention means good news for the shelter, which sorely needs donations.

Bailey Deacon, BARCS’ spokesperson, told CBS Baltimore:

“The more donations we get, the more lives we save.”

The video was also good news for sweet Meesha, now known as Maddie. She was recently adopted and is settling comfortably into her new forever home.

Meesha

Elle Woods would probably say “Snaps for Dennis,” and we’re thinking Bruiser Woods might say “Barks for BARCS.”

Featured image via BARCS

H/T to CBS Baltimore

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