BARCS Maryland

This week PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend features BARCS – the Baltimore County Animal Rescue & Care Shelter in Maryland.

BARCS is a 501(c)(3) a non-profit organization that takes in homeless, neglected, and unwanted animals in Baltimore City, Maryland.  BARCS was created in July 2005 to take over the operations of the city shelter and to work directly with Baltimore City Animal Control.  Its mission is to accept and care for all animals in need and promote responsible pet ownership for a more humane community in Baltimore City.


More than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter the doors of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) each year . . . kittens, puppies, even wildlife and exotic animals. BARCS accepts all animals in need.  Many of the animals BARCS cares for were abandoned or given up by owners who can no longer care for them. Too many animals come to the shelter as victims of abuse or hit and run accidents.

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BARCS has many dogs and cats waiting for their forever homes.  If you are interested in adding a dog or cat to your family, visit the BARCS shelter at 301 Stockholm Street in Baltimore.  You can also see adoptable cats at the BARCS satellite adoption locations.  In addition to their dog and cat adoption program, BARCS provides a variety of services to the local community, including a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic, pet licenses, and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks dog park registration tags.  You can also find articles on many common dog and cat behavioral and training issues on the BARCS website.

BARCS is always looking to expand its volunteer community. No matter what skill or expertise you have, all BARCS volunteers do share one thing – the desire to make a difference.  Learn more about the many ways you can volunteer your time to work with shelter animals or the different BARCS programs and services.  There are opportunities to help with everything from office work to landscaping and adoption counseling to dog or cat socialization.  BARCS also needs more foster homes for bottle baby kittens, moms and newborn kittens, moms and puppies, and under aged pups, dogs or cats who have undergone surgery or need other medical care before they are made available for adoption, and adult cats for their off-site adoption program.

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You can support BARCS by adopting, volunteering, or with your tax-deductible donation or planned giving.  You can make a one-time or recurring donation by mail or online, and you can also designate your contribution as a gift in memory or in honor of a special person or pet.  You can also make a special donation to the BARCS Medical Care Fund or the Franky Fund for Emergency Care.  Check out the BARCS website to learn about more ways you can help homeless animals including donating items on the BARCS Wish List!

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BARCS also has some wonderful upcoming special events!  Attend the January 20th or 31st showings of the Broadway show Annie at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center and stop by the BARCS table and see some wonderful cats needing forever homes!  And you won’t want to miss Bow Wow Meow Luau on Friday, February 20 at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood.  This awesome tropical party that benefits the cats and dogs at BARCS.  Great food and drinks, silent auction, lots of fun ad surprises, plus live music!  Individual tickets are $55 and tables of 10 are $500.

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BARCS dog 2BARCS’s vision is to become a model open admission shelter, a shelter that does not turn away an animal that has no place to go, and a true resource for the people and animals of Baltimore.  BARCS envisions an animal shelter where all animals in good health and temperament find new homes, where they are housed in a low-stress, comfortable environment, where spay/neuter surgeries are offered at low-cost to the Baltimore community, where residents can turn in times of personal crisis for help with their pet, where citizens are educated on the proper care of animals, and where abused and neglected animals can receive the love and care they need to recover.  Please help them achieve their vision!

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.

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