BARCS Lifts Quarantine on Dog Adoptions After Nearly Three Weeks

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Dogs are once again adoptable at BARCS in South Baltimore, with more than 100 canines having now received the all-clear from staff.

The shelter had implemented a restrictive quarantine after one pup tested positive on Nov. 10 for canine distemper, a contagious sickness that attacks a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Executive director Jennifer Brause told Baltimore Fishbowl at the time that 115 dogs were in quarantine, with no one going in or out of the main shelter facility.

Fortunately, all of them left unscathed.

“More than 100 dogs were swabbed twice to test for the disease,” BARCS said on Facebook late Tuesday night. “All test results have come back negative.”

Canine adoptions will resume today at 2 p.m. when the shelter opens. Cat adoptions have been ongoing over the last few weeks, as distemper is shared only among dogs.

BARCS keeps a roster of its available pups here. The shelter is located at 301 Stockholm Street.

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Ethan McLeod

Senior Editor at Baltimore Fishbowl
Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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