We Need Volunteers Just Like You

We need animal lovers like you to help us in our mission to safeguard, rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for animals while inspiring community action and compassion. At BARCS, volunteers are more than just a tremendous help to our mission--they are our lifeline and our family.

Our volunteers help us care for the animals and operate our programs in a variety of different areas. There are opportunities for group projects and even ways kids can help! Read more about our Volunteer Opportunities and then pick a Volunteer Open House date to attend!

Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming Volunteer Open House Dates

Foster a Pet Through BARCS

Foster care volunteers provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. When you become a foster for BARCS, you are giving a second chance to an animal who needs temporary relief from the shelter as they heal from injury or illness. Interested in fostering animals in need for BARCS? Visit our foster page to learn about the program and apply to save lives.

Frequently Asked Questions
Foster Program Information
Foster Application


PAAW (Professionals Advocating Animal Welfare) for BARCS is a newly formed group of professionals emerging in their careers in and around the Baltimore area who are passionate about saving homeless pets by way of their social and professional networks. Tasked with raising funds and awareness for BARCS' life-saving work, PAAW members are role models in the community and a lifeline to thousands of homeless pets. As advocates committed to BARCS' mission, PAAW helps homeless animals through volunteering, fostering and planning annual fundraising events.

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