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Save Lives by Fostering Cats and Kittens with BARCS

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ORGANIZATION: Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)

  • 2 people are interested

We can’t save the lives of animals in need without our supportive and loving fosters. These special people provide an invaluable, lifesaving gift for homeless cats, dogs and small companion animals. Fosters open their homes to care for sick and injured pets, animals having trouble adjusting to shelter life, pets who need work on their socialization skills, or those who simply need time to grow before being ready for adoption.

Fostering saves the life of two animals: the one you welcome into your home and the life of the animal whose place it takes at our shelter. The more animals BARCS can take in, the more lives we can save.

Fostering Requirements

Your role is to welcome a pet (or pets) into your home and provide food, water, toys and lots of love. You must be 18 or older to foster.

As a foster parent for BARCS, your responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring your foster’s physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Transporting to and from veterinary appointments and adoption events, as appropriate.
  • Marketing your foster pet for adoption (if applicable).
Join Our Foster Family

Please fill out our foster application here: https://form.jotform.com/201976115036048

This form tells us about your experience with animals and helps our team match you with the best foster animals for your lifestyle/home. Once we receive your information, you'll receive a link to complete our virtual foster orientation.

If you would like more information on our Foster Program, please contact our Foster Coordinators via email at catfosters@barcs.org or dogfosters@barcs.org.

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About Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)


2490 Giles Road, Baltimore, MD 21225, US

Mission Statement

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) is a nonprofit shelter that accepts and cares for all animals in need and promotes responsible pet ownership for a more humane community in Baltimore City. We are an open admission shelter that grants refuge to more than 10,000 animals a year regardless of age, health or history of abuse and neglect.


BARCS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. We are an open admission shelter, granting refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our door. A staggering 30 or more animals are surrendered to BARCS every day. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food, medical care and a loving touch. Yearly, this equates to more than 10,000 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and even wildlife and exotic animals that need care and placement.

Each year, BARCS is growing, evolving and working to implement new innovative programs that benefit animals in need and the neighborhoods that support them.


Health & Medicine
Homeless & Housing
Animals, Health & Medicine, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Brooklyn, MD 21225



  • Veterinary
  • Farming
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • A few hours per week

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