Baltimore's homeless and abused animals need help. 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.
BARCS is working to improve the lives of Baltimore's homeless animals. Formerly the Baltimore City Municipal Animal Shelter, BARCS was recognized as a non-profit 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 descrease euthanasia. And we've done all of this on a shoestring budget. With your help we can do even more.
How Far We've Come
What does progress look like? In just over a year, between 2004 and 2005, adoptions rose from just 90 to 738 in 2005. By 2013, through adoption and new life saving programs created each year, the number of lives saved rose to over 8,600.
We've also created a robust volunteer program, created a foster program, begun offsite adoptions, created a fund to care for sick and injured homeless animals (The Franky Fund), established working relationships with other local animal shelters and animal rescue groups, and increased the community's awareness of the shelter and the needs of its animals.
Vision For The Future
BARCS'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. We envision 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.
We are proud of our accomplishments over the past few years, but with increased financial support, we can achieve much more. It is a critical time for BARCS – our resources are limited and much of our work is done by volunteers and a small dedicated staff.
Our goals are to build a new larger shelter to comfortably house the large volume of animals we receive and enable us to expand our programs and services, continue to raise awareness and community support in order to expand our life-saving programs, and create a more humane city for all of our animals.