Spotlight on Local Shelters and Rescues!

Since August is all about clearing the shelters (have we mentioned that Clear the Shelters Day is August 18th yet? 😉), we want to take a minute to shine a spotlight on some of the local rescues and shelters we are proud to work with around Maryland! If you’re looking to add a furry addition to your family, we encourage you to take a look at some of the places listed below. And even if you can’t adopt right now – consider donating or volunteering!

After you’ve read all about our favorite rescues and shelters, decided on your perfect new furriend, and made it official, check out our new pet checklist to ensure you have everything you need to make your new pet’s transition as seamless as possible!

Beagle puppy at adoption event

Rescues and Shelters Bark! Loves

Baltimore/Howard County:

Baltimore Humane Society (BHS): Celebrating 90 years of protecting, caring and saving animals, the Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) philosophy centers around being, well, humane. Serving the community by helping homeless pets, the BHS strives to find a caring, permanent fur-ever home for every animal. This no-kill shelter promotes and offers affordable spaying and neutering to control the pet population, and educates the public about the humane treatment of animals.

BARCS: BARCS is a non-profit organization that runs Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. As an open-admission shelter, BARCS takes in every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through their door. Taking in about 11,000 animals yearly, BARCS works to implement innovative programs that benefit animals in need and the neighborhoods that support them.

Kitties & Pitties: This Maryland-based non-kill animal rescue helps all animals, but specializes in the needs of cats and Pitbulls. Kitties & Pitties places animals in foster homes until a fur-ever home can be found, and works with local vets to ensure animals get the medical treatment they need. The organization also offers Trap, Neuter, and Spay programs in an effort to reduce the feral cat population.

Two dogs in shelter waiting to be adopted

Montgomery County:

PetConnect Rescue: PetConnect Rescue offers a host of programs to help animals and the community. They run a seniors’ adoption program that caters to the adoption needs of older pets. As well, PetConnect Rescue gives refuge for homeless dogs on their path to new, loving forever homes. In order to educate the public, this organization runs C.A.R.E., an educational program open to pet lovers needing expert information on various pet topics.

Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue: This rescue believes that there’s something everyone can do to save an animal’s life. A foster and volunteer-based rescue, Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue saves the lives of animals that are in shelters or abusive and neglectful situations and gives them a new chance in life. And because they know that information is key, this rescue educates the community on animal welfare.

Montgomery County Humane Society: Celebrating 60 years of animal rescue, the Montgomery County Humane Society helps pets find safety, love, quality care, loving homes, and a new chance at a happy life. A private, no-kill rescue, they take cats and dogs out of overcrowded public shelters and find them loving homes. Montgomery County Humane Society offers a range of services designed to help adopters find the right match, ensuring these pets stay out of shelters.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue: Since its inception in 2009, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue has helped save the lives of 12,000 animals. This volunteer-powered nonprofit is dedicated to rescuing homeless, neglected, and abandoned animals and finding them loving forever homes. They educate the community on responsible pet parenting, including the importance of spay/neuter, obedience training, and good nutrition.

Dog on beach after being adopted

Annapolis:

SPCA of Anne Arundel County (AACSPCA): The AACSPCA is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in Anne Arundel County. The rescue provides shelter and humane care for homeless animals in need and advocates for animal welfare in the community. The AACSPCA takes in all animals and gives them a home until an adoptive family can be found. The organization also works within the community to end pet overpopulation, as well as fight for the passage and enforcement of laws that promote and provide for the humane treatment of companion animals.

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