About Us

Adopting A Friend

Anyone interested in adopting from one of our offsite locations can visit during normal business hours to look at the many prospective cats we have available 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. Once you have made your choice, please fill out an adoption application and turn it in to the store staff, they will fax it to our offsite staff who will process the application. Once the application is approved (normally 24-48 hours) we will contact the adopter to set up a date/time to come in and finalize the adoption. If you have not had a chance to interact with the cat, we will do so prior to finalizing. Payment for an adoption is due at the time of finalization. Payment can be made by cash or credit card. The adopter will attend a brief class on basic animal care and behavior. During the class the adoption paperwork is completed, and the adopter is issued a city license (city residents only), rabies certificate, and educational material.

Our Adoption fee is $75 and includes spay/neuter, vaccinations and preventatives, microchip, and city license (if applicable).


We currently have 3 offsite adoption locations featuring BARCS adoptable kitties:

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


If you do not see any offsite location cats that you are interested in, please stop by the shelter during normal business hours:

Monday-Friday: 2pm until 6pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am until 4pm

*please refer to the website (baltimoreanimalshelter.org) for holiday hours and closures.


The shelter is located at:

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc.

301 Stockholm Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Who We Are

About Us:

Baltimore's homeless and abused animals need help. More than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter the doors of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) each year...kittens, puppies, even wildlife and exotic animals. BARCS accepts all animals in need.

Many of the animals BARCS cares for were abandoned or given up by owners who can no longer care for them. Too many animals come to the shelter as victims of abuse or hit and run accidents.

BARCS is working to improve the lives of Baltimore's homeless animals. Formerly the Baltimore City Municipal Animal Shelter, BARCS was recognized as a non-profit in July 2005.Since then BARCS has hired new staff, created new programs and changed the shelter's standard operations. These changes have helped us dramatically increase adoptions and rescues, and significantly decrease euthanasia. And we've done all of this on a shoestring budget. With your help we can do even more.

How Far We've Come:

What does progress look like? In just over a year, between 2004 and 2005, adoptions rose from just 90 to 738 in 2005.; by 2013, through adoption and new life saving programs created each year, the number of lives saved rose to over 8,600.

We've also created a robust volunteer program, created a foster program, begun offsite adoptions, created a fund to care for sick and injured homeless animals (The Franky Fund), established working relationships with other local animal shelters and animal rescue groups, and increased the community's awareness of the shelter and the needs of its animals.


If you can't adopt at this time but would like to help please consider a donation


Contact Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS)


Available Animals

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