NOTE: This article was submitted by 24×7 columnist Jen Carle and authored by Jennifer mead-brause, Executive Director of BARCS?
"The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is right in M&T Bank Stadium’s "backyard" and is the largest companion animal shelter in the state! Since 2005, BARCS has had the overwhelming, but rewarding, task of making sure that every homeless animal has a place to be cared for. In 2009, BARCS took in an average of 33 animals a day totaling over 11,000 dogs, cats and over 500 other exotic pets and wildlife such as iguanas, snakes, birds, and opossums. The shelter staff works tirelessly to give each animal another chance at life. BARCS depends on its dedicated staff and volunteers as well as support from the community, to accomplish this and its many other goals.
Thanks to public support, BARCS has made many improvements to the shelter enabling the staff to improve the care of the animals, treat adoptable sick and injured animals and provide better housing for stray and unwanted animals. This results in ultimately being able to save more lives! Last year, approximately 3,000 animals were successfully adopted into new homes, another 3,500 were transferred to other rescue organizations, and over 500 were reunited with their families.
BARCS still has a lot of work to do, but with the help of Ravens fans– the best fans in the world– it will be able to continue making shelter improvements and reach its Number # 1 goal of SAVING ALL healthy and treatable animals in Baltimore.
You can help by visiting their website at www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org to learn about programs and upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering at BARCS or fostering an animal, please call 410-396-4695 or email [email protected]"