BARCS Alumni Training and Enrichment Program

BARCS' Training and Enrichment Program aims to both enhance life at home for our alumni pets as well as increase the adoptability of animals in our shelter. Below are the initiatives of this program and contact information.

Private Training Lessons for BARCS Alumni

Families who have adopted from BARCS schedule a one-on-one lesson with our training department to work on specific behavior concerns. Families leave with homework and often return for additional classes until the problem is corrected or manageable.

This program is offered for free to all animals adopted from our organization. From private consultations to group socialization classes to phone and email support, the BARCS training team is here to help. If you are experiencing any issues or if you need help in certain areas, you can reach our trainers directly at

Additionally, you can also find a number of training and acclimation guides on our online training library.




BARCS University

BARCS University is a group class where a certified BARCS trainer teaches pet owners basic obedience commands. At this time, this program is available only to families who have adopted from BARCS. Lessons include training dogs to come when called, sit, go to bed or “place” and behave on a leash. **BARCS University group training classes are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please continue to check back for updates.**


Training and Enrichment for Homeless Animals in Our Shelter

Our training department works in-shelter with our homeless pets to get them ready for adoption. This program also ensures that shelter animals get daily enrichment through exercise and mental stimulation.


Volunteering for This Program

We rely on volunteers to help us through playgroups, “pack walks,” and distributing work-to-eat toys and interactive toys. Our team trains advanced-level volunteer classes to help with cat and dog enrichment programs. If you are interested in volunteering with the Training and Enrichment Program, please email!

Click here to view all BARCS volunteer opportunities


Support This Program

You can support BARCS' Training and Enrichment Program through a monetary gift or through an in-kind donation of items from our wish list. The following items support this program. For our full shelter wish list and drop-off information, please click here.