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BARCS – From Hope to Home Fundraising Campaign

Nov 30, 2019 03:44PM ● By Sharon Scholze
“Saving lives and being a resource to our community begins with compassion, thrives on innovation and transparency, and grows with heart... a whole lot of heart.”

BARCS, once called “the underdog” has made amazing strides in saving animals in need by increasing the live-release rate from 2% (in 2004 prior to BARCS) to more than 90% in 2018. Caring for more than 180,000 animals since BARCS inception in 2005.

A brief history; in 2005, the City of Baltimore divided the animal shelter into two separate organizations: The Bureau of Animal Control, which would handle animal welfare enforcement for the City, and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), a private nonprofit organization to manage shelter operations. BARCS was founded to be a humane animal shelter that could act as a safe haven for animals in need. While BARCS receives a small operations grant from Baltimore City for basic support, they are a private nonprofit that relies on donations to do their lifesaving work for homeless animals.

Through support from the community, private donations, volunteers and fosters BARCS has continued to grow and save animals in need. The need for improved and larger space has been evident for years. The shelter has become too old and small for their current rate of growth, and the equipment is out of date and inefficient. The new building will provide BARCS with a much-needed upgrade for the deserving
animals as well as their dedicated volunteers and hardworking staff.

BARCS is scheduled to relocate to a new facility located at 2490 Giles Road in the Cherry Hill community in southern Baltimore City. The move is set to take place in early 2020 upon completion of construction.
BARCS' shelter relocation fundraising campaign titled From Hope to Home has a goal of raising $500,000, in addition to their annual operating budget, by the conclusion of 2019.

The new facility on Giles Road will have the following:
• The outfitting of expanded veterinary exam space and surgery facilities
• New post-surgery recovery cages
• An X-ray machine and cold laser therapy device
• Free-roaming group cat rooms
• New spaces for farm animals, small mammals
and reptiles
• A newly constructed dog play yard
• Newer and more up to date IT equipment
• Additional equipment, supplies, educational materials to support the expansion of space and programs
Donations will make all the difference as BARCS continues to improve the state of animal welfare in Baltimore City, work with pet owners in crisis to find the best possible outcomes, and care for 12,000 homeless, abused and neglected animals.
There are many different opportunities to generously donate.

Contact [email protected] to claim a naming opportunity at our new facility for yourself, a beloved pet or a person you wish to honor.

The easiest and most direct way of supporting BARCS’ relocation project is a gift of cash.

Recognizing that many caring people may not have the capacity to make a sizable gift at any one time, BARCS suggests the alternative of making a smaller gift on a monthly basis.

Avoid capital gains through a gift of highly appreciated stock while taking a full value deduction on your
tax returns.

Many corporate employers will match their employees’ gift to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. If your company has such a program, please request their matching gift form and send the completed form to us. We will take care of the rest.
Please visit, to donate and for additional information.