The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter has been bursting at the seams for several years. More than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals are dropped off each year, at a rate of about 30 a day, at the largest open-admission animal shelter in the state. No animals are turned away, even those who need extensive and expensive medical care.
The current shelter houses an average of 250 animals, with hundreds of others placed in foster homes.
Prior to 2005, when BARCS took over the city’s animal shelter, 98 percent of animals were euthanized as soon as they arrived at the shelter. Thirteen years later, 89 percent of the animals are adopted, rescued or returned to their owners.
A staff of 70 and hundreds of dedicated volunteers work with the animals. Services include spaying and neutering surgery, a low-cost vaccination clinic, microchipping, and adoption.
City officials announced this week that a new facility is to be built in the next 12 to18 months in Cherry Hill. “A new facility will allow us the opportunity to expand our lifesaving programs for both animals and people in our community. BARCS will share more information when we have finalized the plans,” BARCS executive director Jenn Brause said.