While the start of a new season always brings a lot of excitement to the city, regardless of how good or bad the team is projected to be, compared to previous years there seemed to be more positive energy surrounding the team this past weekend after winning the American League East last season.
While I enjoy baseball, I would not call myself a fanatic but there is one thing I especially admire and respect about the Baltimore Orioles. As with many major league sports teams, the Orioles pride themselves on their community involvement, and among the team’s projects is a yearly calendar featuring some of the players and manager Buck Showalter posing with shelter dogs and cats as well as their own pets. Proceeds from the calendar benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS). This is the sixth year the Orioles have taken on this project.
BARCS is: “a non-profit organization created in July 2005 to take over the operations of the city shelter and to work directly with Baltimore City Animal Control. BARCS' mission is to accept and care for all animals in need and promote responsible pet ownership for a more humane community in Baltimore City.” (baltimoreanimalshelter.org)
Since becoming a non-profit, BARCS has dramatically increased adoptions, designed programs to promote responsible pet ownership and created new programs to help save lives.
In addition to the proceeds from the 2015 calendar, some of the Orioles players appeared at the shelter for an autograph signing event last August. Over the past few years, the Orioles have raised over $150,000 to help pay for food and medical care for the BARCS animals.
Thank you to the Baltimore Orioles for helping to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets. Bravo!