Animals are blessings from God and they bring so much joy to our lives! Unfortunately, not all dogs and cats are able to have loving homes. It can be very scary for a dog or cat when they find themselves in a shelter, but luckily God places sweet people in these shelters to care for these abandoned animals. Now, a shelter in Baltimore, Maryland is going viral after they posted a video of the shelter staff dancing with the animals as they are waking up from surgery.
The staff at BARCS animal shelter can be seen holding these cats and dogs as they’re regaining consciousness after recovering from anesthesia. Most of these animals have just undergone are spay and neuter surgeries, but some of them have also just undergone less routine procedures. “Singing, cradling and cuddling animals waking up from anesthesia is a soothing way to comfort them. It helps them feel safe and it helps them stay calm,” Bailey Deacon, the spokesperson for BARCS animal shelter, said. “We do everything in our resources to show our animals comfort and love.” BARCS is a very busy shelter that takes in approximately 11,000 cats, dogs and other critters every year. And, this time of year is one of the busiest for the shelter, so they are asking folks to come in and adopt, volunteer, foster or donate! “This has been a very full winter for BARCS. We always rely on our community to help us,” Deacon said.
But even with this large volume of animals coming into the shelter, Deacon said that the staff there is working hard around the clock to try and make each one of the animal’s stays as good as it can possibly be “We understand that a shelter isn’t a home,” Deacon said. The shelter also has people who are “enrichment volunteers” that make the animals special treats. Not only that, but BARCS’ training team also runs a hiking program and various other efforts to get the dogs outside and moving.
The shelter also has playgroups where the dogs can go outside and socialize with one another while burning off some energy. During this time the staff can also evaluate dogs’ personalities and therefore help place them in the right types of homes where they with the best possible matches. “Or sometimes it’s just the really simple things, like warm blankets and a loving touch,” Deacon said. “We are never short on love. Our staff is compassionate and passionate about the work they do and the animals they serve.”
Watch the sweet video of the BARCS staff dancing with recovering animals below:
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