COVID-19 Updates

To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors while meeting the needs of the animals that depend on us, temporary modifications have been made to various department operations until further notice. Our shelter is now open to the public by appointment only for adoption and emergency intake by emailing info@barcs.org or calling 410-396-4695. Appointments are required for all visitors, including adoptions, surrenders, volunteers and fosters. Please continue reading for the specifics of each program.

Adoptions

Adopters are asked to please fill out our adoption application prior to your appointment. The application can be found online and emailed to info@barcs.org. If you are unable to complete the form online, please bring a printed copy with you. If neither of these options are available to you, please indicate this when scheduling your appointment.

Surrenders/Help

Those individuals and families in crisis who need resources to prevent surrender or who must relinquish their animals are asked to email resource@barcs.org or call 410-396-4695. For animals in immediate danger, please call 911. For non-emergency animal concerns, please contact Baltimore City Animal Services at 311.

Community Cats/TNR

The BARCS Community Cat Program services have been suspended until further notice. Please email communitycats@barcs.org with questions and concerns, but note that due to limited volunteering, there will be a delay in response.

Training Classes

Training classes for alumni dogs, foster dogs and publicly owned pets has been suspended until further notice. Please email training@barcs.org with questions and concerns, but note that due to limited staffing, there may be a delay in response.

Events

All fundraising events and volunteer/public gatherings have been canceled, including offsite adoption events, the public vaccine clinic, volunteer open houses, group volunteering visits, the BARCS around Baltimore Program and weekly volunteer pack walks.

Donations

To limit public exposure, we are only able to accept public drop-offs of cardboard box flats (for litter boxes) and unopened pet food for our community pantry. These items can be placed outside of our lobby doors. While blankets and towels are still an ongoing need, we are unable to accept used linens at this time. Please consider assisting our shelter through a preferred online monetary donation or gifts through our Amazon Wish List.

Volunteers and Fosters

Regular volunteers and fosters are asked to please refer to our organization’s private Facebook groups for communications and appointment scheduling. If you need further assistance, please email the appropriate staff members from volunteer and foster programs.

 

As a reminder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. In addition, as with any emergency, we urge all pet owners to include your pets in their emergency plans. This includes designating a friend or family member to care for your pets, researching temporary housing options for them, compiling all vet records, ensuring they are up-to-date on vaccines as well as listing all contact information and setting aside extra food and supplies for your pets. 

 


 

COVID-19 Preparedness: Checklist for Pet Owners

With the rise of COVID-19 in the Baltimore community, you may be wondering the best ways to protect the ones you love, including your furry family members.

The CDC recommends that, in case you fall ill and are unable to care for your pets, you create a pet preparedness kit. This kit should include key documents, food and medications, and other necessary supplies along with detailed instructions on how to take care of your pets’ daily needs to ensure that your pets are well cared for while you recover. 

As you create your instructions, take a moment to think about your pet’s day-to-day life. Does your pet have a specific ritual in the morning? What time are they fed? If you have multiple pets, do they need to eat separately? Where do your pets like to sleep? If your pet is crated, how do you coax them in? Does your pet have triggers that make them anxious? How do you calm them? If they take medication, how much and when? Do you need to hide the pills in their food or administer them with a syringe? How do your pets prefer to go potty? If they go on walks, are they dog reactive? No detail is too small!

In addition to creating the kit, you should identify trusted individuals or boarding organizations that you can rely on if you get sick. Be sure to communicate with these individuals/organizations to ensure they will be able to assist you when you need it.

For specific questions regarding how COVID-19 affects you and your pet, please see this great guide from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Key Documents

*If your pet is not up to date on vaccinations, now is the time to make a vet appointment.
**If your pet is not microchipped, now is the time to have one implanted.

Food and Medications

Other Necessary Supplies