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Now, with a click of your mouse you can support BARCS and help the animals of Baltimore City find new homes.


Explore paths, parks and beaches available to you and your pet.

Click on the pictures to the left to see some of the animals we have for adoption. These pictures only represent a portion of the animals that are available. Please come to the shelter to meet your perfect match!

Adoption Information

BARCS’ adoption applications are now available online! Two formats are available:

  1. Adoption Application (Microsoft Word Format) - Has fillable form fields so that you can fill out the application before printing it, but is only compatible with Microsoft Office.
  2. Adoption Application (PDF) - Supported on all platforms, but lacks the fillable form fields. You will most likely need to print the application to fill it out.

Anyone interested in adopting can visit the shelter during normal business hours to look at the many prospective cats and dogs we have for adoption. In order to adopt, you must be at least 18 years old, provide proof of a current address, and have a current photo ID. Potential adopters interact with the animals they are interested in. Once a selection has been made, an adoption application is completed.

We also have cats available at a few offsite locations:

  • Petco in Halethorpe
    3591 Washington Blvd. 21227
  • Pet Valu at the Southside Marketplace
    895 East Fort Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Pet Valu at Mt. Vernon Historic District
    1209 N. Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

Payment for an adoption is due the same day the animal is chosen. Payment can be made by cash or credit card. The adopter is required to attend a brief class, the same day, on basic animal care and behavior. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day. During the class the adoption paperwork is completed, and the adopter is issued a city license (city residents only), rabies certificate, and educational material.

If the animal is already spayed/neutered, it may go home that day. If the animal still needs to be spayed or neutered, the new owner will pick up the animal, after surgery. The adopter may visit the animal at the shelter during normal visitor hours prior to the surgery.

We encourage all members of the household to partake in the selection process. The chosen animal will have a more enriched life joining a family where all members appreciate it. If you want your current dog to meet one of our adoption dogs before you adopt a new family member, you may bring your dog to the shelter. This introduction will take place outside. If you bring your dog to meet one of our dogs, please note that dogs cannot go home uncrated in the same car. Please make arrangements to safely travel home with two dogs, prior to visiting the shelter, in the event the dog you are adopting will be leaving the same day. You will either need a crate for your car or to drive the dogs home separately. 

Adoption Packages:

  • The Champion Adoption Package – $75
    Spay or Neuter surgery
    Vaccinations and preventatives
    Microchip ID
  • Best In Show Adoption Package – $100
    Includes everything in The Champion Package
    New leash and collar for dogs (or) new travel carrier for cats

Companions for Heroes Program:

In an effort to show appreciation for the vital services that our police, firefighters, active duty military and veterans provide to our community, BARCS created a new lifetime adoption special called “Companions for Heroes” where adoption fees are waived for the men and women protecting and saving us. By showing proof of service, the adoption fee will be waived and includes everything in the Champion Adoption Package mentioned above. The Companions for Heroes Program provides a lifetime of love and is a permanent special available at BARCS.