Volunteer to Save Lives

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. Get started by filling out our new volunteer form.


Volunteer Opportunities
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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

Group + Workplace Volunteering

There are many ways that your group can make an impact and help us save lives. Walking dogs to supply drives, there are projects for groups of all types and sizes. Please read about each of our opportunities below to see which one best fits for your group.

Group Volunteer Project Information
Group Volunteer Project Application

PALS Professional Networking

BARCS PALS: Professional Allies for Lifesaving Support, is a program for professionals 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, PALS members are role models in the community and a lifeline to thousands of homeless pets. As advocates committed to BARCS' mission, PALS helps homeless animals through volunteering, fostering and planning annual fundraising events.

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