Volunteer Opportunities

We love our volunteers! Check out our list of opportunities that we have at BARCS, then fill out the Volunteer Application. If you have any questions about any of these positions, please contact us here. For Job Opportunites, click here.

Animal Care

Cat Enrichment
Love cats and kitties? Well, we can’t think of a better task for you! Help socialize and play with the cute, little critters!

Dog Enrichment
Love dogs and puppies? Here at BARCS, we have over 100 dogs that need to be walked daily. What could be more rewarding than taking a doggie out for some fresh air? Hmmm… nothing I can think of!

Got a car? Volunteer transporters will assist taking animals from the shelter to vet appointments, rescues, foster parents, events, etc. Transporters also assist in picking up donations for the shelter.

Dog/Cat Caretaker
Volunteers can help keep the dog kennels and cat cages clean and safe for the little fuzzies. You can deliver toys and blankets to them too… they love that!

Dog Trainer
After volunteering with the dogs for a while, you can become involved with helping to train them on basic behaviors! This really helps keep them mentally stimulated and happy, and increases their chances of being adopted.

Offsite Cat Caretaker, at Petco and Pet Valu Stores
Shifts are available in A.M. and P.M., 7 days a week at several offsite locations where BARCS cats are available for adoption. You will clean the kitties’ cages, and play/socialize with them too!

Play Group
Talk about fun! After volunteering with the dogs for a while, you can get involved with our off-leash playgroup. The dogs are allowed to play together in an environment that focuses on behavior, training, and fun!

Foster Parent (Note: There is a separate application to become a foster parent).
Foster parents will open their home to an animal until the animal is adopted. Foster parents will be in charge of feeding, exercising, training, socializing and taking care of the animal as if it were their own. They will also be responsible for talking with potential adopters by giving them information about the animal and taking the animal to adoption events. Foster parents should know that adopting an animal out to a good home can take just a few days or up to several months.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

Customer Service Volunteer

Welcome customers and keep them informed of where they are in the adoption process. Smile!!

Matchmakers escort customers into the shelter and assist them in selecting an animal. Matchmakers will also give out information on animal care, answer questions, and give suggestions. You must be trained in animal handling in order to become a matchmaker.

Adoption Counselor
Adoption counselors are quite lucky, as they get to witness a BARCS animal leaving to go to their new home! Duties include educating about animal care (preventative care, food, exercise, training, socialization, crating, grooming, vet visits, etc) and reviewing adoption paperwork, such as the animal’s medical history.

Office Assistant
Assist with general office duties such as greeting guests, answering phones, taking messages, filing, basic computer work, answering general e-mail, and entering data (volunteer hours, newsletter list, etc).

Home data entry and office work is also needed!

After volunteering at BARCS for a while, you may want to assist with the animal drop off procedures. Volunteers will record information about the animal being surrendered, assist in giving options to the person surrendering the animal, and explain the shelter policies and procedures upon surrendering.

Pet Locator
Pet locators work at connecting lost and found companion animals with their owners. They will also make phone calls for potential matches or to update files.

Community Programs Volunteer

Volunteers will assist with various community and shelter events to represent BARCS. These events consist of fundraising events, educational events, outreach events, etc.

Low-cost Vaccination Clinic
Vaccination Clinics are held the first Saturday of every month from 9a-12p. Volunteers assist with customer service, filling out paperwork, education, etc.

Volunteer educators will assist in creating handouts for the shelter, shelter events, and education outreach programs. The information will include things such as animal care, shelter services and programs, adoptions, training methods, etc.

Any experience in fundraising? We’re a non-profit organization, so helping us raise money to help Baltimore City’s homeless animals is extremely important.

Any experience in marketing and advertising? Help get BARCS’ name into the community!


Adoptable Animals

We are always in need of volunteer photographers to help us get great shots of our adoptable animals. A dynamic photo can make all the difference in highlighting an animal to potential adopters browsing our website. These photos also help us write bios and capture hearts on our social media pages. Photographers are needed every day of the week, as BARCS takes in an average of 30 new animals each day!

Events and Special Projects

Help us photograph our fundraising events and community outreach efforts. Between major events and more intimate affairs, BARCS is frequently out in our community spreading our mission and having a great time.

Special Projects

Assist with gardening, weeding, planting, trash pick-up, snow removal, and other landscaping projects around the shelter.

Assist with painting projects around the shelter.

General Cleaning and Organizing
Assist in sprucing up the hallways, lobbies, etc. Laundry and dishes fall into this category too!

Kids and Schools

There are many ways for families, as well as schools, scouts and other groups, to get involved and help the animals at BARCS. Click here for some fun DIY craft and fundraising ideas to help homeless animals.



11,000 animals per year...that’s a lot of laundry and dishes! We need help washing, folding, and organizing.

Do you have a creative streak? If so, you can assist with decorating the lobby and hallways for specials and holidays! This needs to be done on a monthly basis.

How’s your writing? Assist with drafting/writing grants, newsletters, articles, animal bios, etc.

Graphic Design
Calling all technologically-inclined volunteers! Assist with our website, create signs, etc.