Volunteer Open House
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with BARCS and joining our family of animal lovers, advocates and amazing individuals who care about our community. We can't wait to meet you!
To get started, simply attend one of our volunteer open house dates on Saturday mornings or Thursday evenings at our shelter (301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230). The open house starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Thursdays and begins with a presentation all about our organization. Prospective volunteers are then given a tour of our facility, where you will meet our staff and fellow volunteers, see the animals we serve and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions! After the tour, we provide takeaway documents about all the areas and ways you can help as well as next steps.
Upcoming Open House Dates:
The following Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
- October 12
- October 19 (The Baltimore Running Festival is this day. There may be detours getting to the shelter.)
The following Tuesday and Thursday
- Tuesday, October 8 (This will be at 10:30 a.m.)
- Thursday, October 24 (This will be at 6:30 p.m.)
You don't need to register; just show up—and maybe bring a friend! The open house usually lasts about two hours but may run over depending on questions and attendance.
*If you are hoping to fulfill service hours please contact us prior to attending an open house.
For questions about our volunteer open house, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BARCS volunteer age guide:
- 18+ years old: No baseline restrictions
- 16-17 years old: No dog handling
- 13-15 years old: Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while at the shelter. Can socialize cats, no dog handling
- Under 13 years old: A handout will be provided at the open house, or see ways kids can help here
*All BARCS volunteers must have health insurance.
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