Animal Protection and Safety
There are two entities that provide animal protection in the city:
- The Animal Control Program. This is a health department program, whose mission is to enforce city and state codes, rules, and regulations and to investigate animal neglect and cruelty cases for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of Baltimore’s human and animal residents.
- The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS). BARCS is a non-profit organization that oversees the operation of the city animal shelter. The organization's mission is to protect animals from neglect, abuse and exploitation; to advocate for their interests and welfare; and to inspire awareness and compassion for all living things.