In 2005 the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) took over the Baltimore City shelter. Since then the adoption rate has increased over 2,000%, and the euthanasia rate has dropped to 50% from 98% before BARCS took over.  11,000 -12,000 animals come through the shelter each year, and 5,000 – 6,000 dogs come in per year. These animals are usually found on the street, abused, neglected or surrendered by their owners no longer able to care for them.

BARCS is located at 301 Stockholm Street near the M&T Bank Stadium.


Many area shelters and rescue groups pull animals from BARCS, so chances are that if you’ve adopted a pet from the Maryland SPCA or Humane Society of Baltimore County, that animal originally came from BARCS.

To visit BARCS’ website, go to:


To go to their donations page:


For volunteer information:


And for a list of adoptable animals, go to: