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Baltimore Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations. For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org. Baltimore Humane Society

Target demographics: animals and pet owners live safe, healthy, happy lives and to end pet homelessness.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000's of animals

Geographic areas served: Baltimore, Maryland

Programs: no-kill animal shelter, pet memorial park, low cost Spay, Neuter & Vaccine Clinic, Pets for Patriots, Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank, Read to the Animals, long term care animal visitation, educational outreach programs, DogFest, Black Tie & Tails, Pet Memorial Sunday, Kitten Shower...

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am what they call a foster failure. I fostered a puppy with a broken leg with the intent of having him adoptable once his leg was healed. Throughout the foster process, the staff and veterinarian, Dr. Mary Zink were great, answering my questions and addressing my concerns. I did adopt the sweet puppy. The adoption process was easy with the support from all the BHS staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always feel welcome and appreciated as a volunteer. BHS staff makes it very clear the well-being and good placement of homeless pets into foster and permanent families is the organization's #1 priority. Thank you!

Gayle Horichs D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a foster failure. I took in a mom and her nine puppies. They were a joy to care for. I just fell in love with two. Their adoption was easy the support from BHS throughout the entire transition to home with behavioral suggestions was great. BHS was wonderful. They are a year old now.

Shannon McGowan A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful Tortoise shell cat, Murphy, on 12/31/16. About a week before that we had decided it was time to bring a cat into our home after our previous cat had passed 9 months before. I used the BHS website to view all of their adoptable cats and we were immediately drawn to Murphy. Upon visiting the location, we were greeted and asked about the type of animal we were interested in seeing. We were directed to the cat area which clean and staffed with multiple volunteers who were willing to answer any questions and offer information. We were able to spend some time with Murphy and new she was the one for us! I had previously completed the adoption forms and was able to leave them there for BHS to review. We were contacted a short time later that they would be thrilled to let Murphy come home with us. I was given thorough instructions as to what we would need to bring for our homecoming day as well as other expectations. Homecoming day was exciting! While the rest of my family was getting her loaded into the carrier I was given all previous documentation for Murphy, vet exam info, immunizations, and to my delight microchip details about when she had been microchipped, where it is located and paperwork on how to register it. Our experience at BHS was so wonderful and easy. I have been to other places to adopt and never had the feeling like I did at BHS that they truly want these wonderful animals to go into a loving home.

Jennifer M.16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Baltimore humane society is great. I’ve worked close with them for years as they bring shelter animals who need dentals, xrays and special medical care to the Veterinary hospital I work at.
I’ve also adopted from them and I foster for them as well. All of the employees and volunteers are compassionate and caring.

Cindy K.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BHS has become my home in the 5 years I’ve been employed here. I’m lucky to be surrounded by amazing staff and huge hearted volunteers. I wouldn’t trade what I do for the world. I have built a bond with so many dogs that remains life long and have learned so much from the people I work with every day. BHS is truly the best of the best!❤️

Wendy V

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering with the Baltimore Humane Society. I have been a dog foster and event volunteer for the past 2 years. They are always welcoming, appreciative, and helpful. I can even contact the staff on their personal cell phones in the middle of the night if I need advice regarding one of my fosters! I am happy to give my personal time to support this great place and these wonderful people.

Pat K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I temporarily fostered a dog for six weeks. BHS was very diligent about my bringing the dog in to be checked and to get further shots after 2 weeks and another checkup again in 4 weeks. I have had a lot of exposure to their facility and their devotion to all of the animals. I have recommended them to others quite frequently.

Kaitlyn M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing shelter. I have fostered with them, volunteered, and have had friends adopt from them, and only have positive things to say about them :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Baltimore Humane Society is a wonderful organization that has allowed my son and I to volunteer and bond over our love of animals. We cannot have pets at our house, so time spent with cats is quite enjoyable to us.

Everyone at the Humane Society has been so warm and welcoming. I’ve noticed how everyone is so eager to assist us even though we are just volunteers. They have very good procedures in place to ensure an adoption is successful for both the animals and the adoptive family.

We look forward to volunteering each week with the Baltimore Humane Society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This shelter is on a lovely wildlife sanctuary property, they have great events and community involvement, and the volunteers and staff really care about the animals. That's what matters!

Meghan S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love BHS. The work and care they put into their animals is impressive and inspiring. All the shelter pets here are well cared for and loved thanks to the amazing staff and incredibly dedicated volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster kittens for Baltimore Humane Society. Dr. Mary Zinc is wonderful, an intelligent, caring, and calming presence for animals who often enter the shelter frightened and in need of medical attention. The staff is equally kind and efficient, and each person I have dealt with there, from administrators and staff to other volunteers, has been helpful and friendly. They are good at what they do and keep a sense of humor while completing tasks that can sometimes be unpleasant and heartbreaking. A wonderful group of people!

Sophie A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE BHS! I have been volunteering for a few months now and love the time and energy they have us put into each animal. BHS really gets involved in the community and changes the lives of not only our animal friends, but their humans too!

Betty Diane P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I tell someone where I volunteer the response is always " That is such a wonderful rescue!". It is true! I have volunteered at Baltimore Humane Society for 4+ years and know that every animal that comes through our doors will be loved, treated with kindness and with respect!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the shelter for over four (4) years and have enjoyed every day! I love this shelter because every one of the staff and volunteers genuinely care about all of the animals and love every one that comes through the door. The shelter works hard every day to socialize each animal to increase it's chance of being adopted or if not, then to be fostered. We have a very high success rate in adopting dogs and they are extremely well cared for. When an animal is returned to the shelter for any reason it breaks our heart and we go out of our way to over-come whatever short coming the animal had that caused the return to occur. All of the staff and leaders are outstanding and dedicated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had our eye on a great dog, went to one of the meet and greets and fell in love with her straight away. BHS did everything in their power to make sure our adoption process was as easy as possible. We couldn't imagine our life without her. Thank you!

Gina M. D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently adopted a dog from here. The staff were very knowledgeable about the dogs in their care, and also very supportive. I appreciated that they weren't trying to push dogs out of their care. They are really dedicated to dogs going home with owners that are committed and ready to bring a pet home. They also handled the dog introduction with our current dog so well; I was nervous cause our dog can be a bit of a bully, so it was good to see how prepared they were, and the steps they took to make the intro as smooth as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first began volunteering at the Baltimore Humane Society, I was amazed at the care and professionalism of the staff. They seem to know each animal's likes and dislikes, their personalities, their needs and how best to show them love. I have been returning several times weekly, to assist in socializing the animals and to get my "animal fix".
This group is SO worthy. Each animal is cared for and loved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went to one other place before the Baltimore Humane Society and had not heard back from them. The staff here is excellent. They stayed in touch with us giving us updates and helped us find the perfect dog. We could not ask for more. You can tell the animals are very well cared for. Our girl has an amazing personality. They have had over 1000 adoptions this year and that's amazing. I love being able to give a loving dog what she deserves, a loving home. The staff here is very thorough and provides extra training and help if needed. We got multiple packets of information on every possible problem we may run into and a complete history on our pooch. They really go above and beyond for our furry little friends. I can't thank them enough.

Stanley L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Went to pet finder, filled out forms for dozen of pet rescues. BHS was the only one to returned my calls. Found a beautiful beagle. Everyone is nice, the place very clean. These people cannot do any better. There prices are much better than the other places. Thanks so much.