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Bark for BARCC!

Dog wearing Walk for Change T-shirt

Cats may rule the internet, but on the streets of Boston, dogs have a special place. That’s why we welcome you to register your pooch to participate in BARCC’s Walk for Change on Sunday, April 23. You’ve gotta register and accompany your four-legged friend, too, though.* Someone needs to hold Fido’s leash, right?

The presence of your pawed pal on our 2.6-mile trek is just one of the things that makes our Walk for Change such a fun-filled event. You can add to the fun by outfitting your pet in a stylish #Bark4BARCC bandana, available when you register online and for sale at the event.

On a more serious note, the healing power of dogs is a no-brainer. Therapy dogs and service dogs have been used in a variety of settings to help survivors of trauma, including sexual assault survivors. Research has documented the many human benefits from interactions with dogs, such as experiencing decreased levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure merely from petting a dog. While the dogs that participate in the Walk for Change aren’t there specifically for therapeutic purposes, the sight of friendly, tail-wagging participants is sure to spread smiles.  

So, what are you waiting for? Register your dog to join you at the BARCC Walk for Change today. Your dog will thank you—Especially for Pets is donating treats and toys for dogs that #Bark4BARCC. One last important note: please make sure that your dog is well socialized for large crowds, as we’re expecting a big turnout this year!

Spread the word that you and your pup will be at the #BARCCWalk4Change on social media by sharing a photo, using the hashtag #Bark4BARCC, and linking to

*There’s no charge for service and therapy dogs. You can just register as one adult and not include your dog in your registration.

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s marketing and communications manager, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels.Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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