More than 12,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter the doors of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) each year: kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, and even wildlife and exotic animals. We are an open admission shelter, granting refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our door. A staggering 30 or more animals are surrendered to BARCS everyday. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food, medical care and a loving touch.

Formerly the Baltimore City Municipal Animal Shelter, BARCS was recognized as a private, nonprofit NGO in July 2005. Since then, BARCS has hired new staff, created new programs and changed the shelter's standard operations. These changes have helped us dramatically increase adoptions and rescues and significantly decrease euthanasia. In just a few years, BARCS significantly increased the number of animals saved from 2% in 2005 (under Animal Control) to 90% in 2018. 

BARCS Serves as a Resource to the Community for Citizens and Their Animals in Need

BARCS loves making a difference in the lives of pets and owners in the greater Baltimore area. We provide a variety of services and programs for pet owners as well as the entire community. Our shelter’s services include: providing housing and lifesaving care to homeless animals, public education and outreach, tracking lost and found pets, offering low cost vaccinations and microchip clinics, pet licensing and the Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) of community cats. We also provides families the opportunity to adopt a loving companion animal that is spayed or neutered and vaccinated at BARCS.

Visit the BARCS website.