Open door, Open heart

BARCS never turns away an animal in need.

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization operating Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. BARCS is 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 every day. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food, medical care and a loving touch. Yearly, this equates to more than 12,000 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and even wildlife and exotic animals that need care and placement.

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