BARCS' mission is to prevent cruelty to and improve the lives of animals

BARCS receives an estimated 11,000 unwanted, abused or stray animals each year. Our mission is to protect animals from neglect, abuse and exploitation, to find them decent homes, to advocate their interests and welfare, and to inspire awareness and compassion for all living things. We aim to be a resource for both the people and the animals of Baltimore.

The day-to-day operation of BARCS involves the direct handling of lost, abandoned, unwanted and injured pets and wildlife. We accept all animals and receive an estimated 11,000 each year. BARCS encourages adoption of its animals by providing a low-cost adoption package, which includes the animal's neuter/spay surgery and first vaccinations. To ensure that only caring and responsible owners adopt our animals, we also require all new owners to attend an adoption course.

1. Rescuing and finding homes for neglected and abandoned animals.

2. Promoting the health and welfare of animals through education, advocacy and pet population control.

3. Working cooperatively with other animal advocacy groups, shelters, and community organizations to continually improve the lives of animals.