BARCS is the largest companion animal shelter in Maryland. BARCS takes in over 11,000 dogs and cats of all breeds and approximately 1,000 exotic, wildlife, and other small mammals, each year. The animals that BARCS cares for were lost, abandoned, abused, neglected or surrendered by their owners. Since BARCS took over the operations of the city shelter in 2006, the numbers of animal lives saved increased by 60% totaling over 30,000 lives saved through 2010. BARCS serves as a resource to the community for citizens and their animals in need. The shelters services include; providing housing and care to homeless animals, public education and outreach, tracking lost and found pets, offering low cost vaccinations and microchip clinics, and providing low cost basic dog training classes. BARCS also provides families the opportunity to adopt a companion animal that is spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and looking for a permanent new loving home. Each year BARCS makes progress toward its vision of no healthy or treatable animals being euthanized in Baltimore. Through hiring compassionate employees and dedicated volunteers, BARCS’ has had many accomplishments. BARCS created a foster program to care for sick, injured, and underage animals, a rescue network to transfer animals to other organizations, a volunteer program to assist in all areas of the shelter, and an offsite adoption program to make our animals more accessible. The shelters new medical team and animal care staff provides care and enrichment to our shelter animals and spays and neuters animals in our new onsite surgical clinic. BARCS also created the “Franky Fund”, to treat the hundreds of sick and injured homeless animals that enter our doors each year. BARCS also established partnerships with local and national animal organizations to work together on animal welfare issues, and BARCS is a founding member of the Anti Animal Abuse Commission in Baltimore. In 2010, we partnered with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Petsmart charities to focus on Pit Bull advocacy and spay/neuter. BARCS relies heavily on the communities support to help care for Baltimore’s homeless animal population. The support can come in many forms; such as, making a tax deductible contribution, volunteering, fostering a homeless animal, or adopting a new best friend. Please visit our website at www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org to learn more about our programs and upcoming events and to see how you can join us in our mission of providing sanctuary to all animals and promoting a more humane community.