Barks and Rescue

Barks and Recreation not only cares about the dogs in our facility, we also have a passion for helping the dogs in need within our community. We started Walter’s Heart Worm Awareness Program to honor the memory of a very cool dog. Walter found Catie one evening as he was wondering down the street; he had obviously been fending for himself for some time. An underweight senior, fluffy mix of some kind, he just needed a warm place to rest and some food in his belly. Unable to find a previous owner, it became clear that Walter had found his family! Catie’s dogs, Hazel and (particularly) Shay, took to Walter as if he had been there all along…he was a part of the pack. Unfortunately, Walter was not in good health and he was heart worm positive. Because of his health issues and weight, he could not undergo any kind of aggressive heart worm treatment. Walter lived out his last months with his new family, with a cozy bed, plenty of food and treats, and most importantly: full of love. Though he blessed us with his companionship for only a short time, he left an impression on all that knew him. To fulfill his legacy, and to help dogs like him, we started Walter’s Heart Worm Awareness Program.

Because Memphis is located on the Mississippi River, dogs in our community are easily susceptible to the spread of heart worm disease through mosquitoes. So many wonderful and adoptable dogs come in to our local animal shelter that are heart worm positive. Through Walter’s Heart Worm Awareness Program, our goal is to spread awareness about this preventable and treatable disease! With the assistance of our customers, staff and Barks and Recreation family, we hope to help many dogs find their diamonds in the “ruff!”

Because of your generous donations, Barks and Recreation was able to raise enough money this year to pay for the full heart worm treatment and one year’s worth of heart worm preventative for Scout! Scout is a sweet senior dog that was found on the streets and in a tough spot. Sadly, he had sustained multiple injuries from shotgun pellets throughout his body and he was heart worm positive. Rescued by the kind people of ALIVE! Rescue Memphis, Scout has received the medical treatment he needed for the second chance at life that he fought so hard for! To learn more about Scout, check out his adoption application here:

Scout Alive Rescue


Any and all donations made to Barks and Recreation will be given to a local rescue group, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, and the Memphis Animal Shelter. If you would like to make a donation and specify the recipient, we’ll be delighted to make sure it gets to the right place! Bedding, food, cleaning supplies, bathing supplies, treats and dog crates are just a few items that are always needed in a rescue environment. And don’t forget about money! EVERY rescue and/or shelter can always use financial help.

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