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MD: Baltimore Residents, the Animals at BARCS Need Your Help.

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Ask your city council and mayor to maintain funding for BARCS this year.

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Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is the city’s only open-admission shelter and cannot turn away an animal under the terms of its charter. Since taking over the municipal shelter in 2005, BARCS has drastically improved outcomes for the 11,000 animals who enter its doors each year. More than 85% of animals entering BARCS are being saved, and more improvements are happening every day. All of these great strides are being made while operating on a shoestring budget.
Now, the city of Baltimore has announced that BARCS’s grant from the city will be cut by $157,000, or 12%, starting on July 1. This drastic budget cut will severely hamper the progress that has been made for animals in the city of Baltimore. BARCS has made such great progress for the dogs and cats of Baltimore, and now they need your voice to help that progress continue into the future!

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to your city council member and the mayor asking them to maintain the same funding for BARCS in the coming year. Phone calls are also very effective. You can use our online tool to find your city council member.

Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.


  • Your Municipal Officials
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • Council Vice-President Edward Reisinger
  • City Council President Bernard Young


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Dear [Decision Maker],

Please maintain the current amount of funding for BARCS, which has drastically improved the lives of cats and dogs in our city. I would appreciate your continued support for the cats and dogs of Baltimore!