The Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC!) is a no-kill adoption agency (rather than a shelter). We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit established in 1979; we were the first and remain the only county-wide animal welfare agency. Our goal is to eliminate the number of abused and abandoned pets through spay/neuter, education, rescue and adoption.
The corporation was formed to provide a means for the prevention of cruelty to animals within Baldwin County; to assist with the enforcement of lawful means with the arrest, conviction and punishment of all persons violating such laws, and alleviate the over-population of dogs and cats within Baldwin County; to promote the adoption of homeless cats and dogs to good homes; and to help alleviate cruelty to and suffering of animals wherever such may occur.
The Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC!) was formed in 1979 as the county’s first animal advocacy group. In 1979, there were no shelters in the county and no voices to speak for the animals. Today we are very lucky to have multiple animal rescue groups all working toward the same goal of eliminating the number of abused and abandoned pets through spay/neuter, education, rescue and adoption.
We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home hundreds of abused, abandoned and neglected pets annually.
We do not have a shelter of our own; rather we are an adoption agency..
Alabama State law mandates that counties and municipalities with populations of over 5000 provide animal shelters and animal control services, paid by our tax dollars. The Baldwin County Humane Society works cooperatively with them to place the shelter animals in loving new homes, thus minimizing the tragic necessity of euthanasia due to overcrowded conditions. As a matter of fact, most of the pet photos in our Photo Galleries are pets available for adoption through a local shelter! We encourage you to visit our shelters often, not only to adopt a new pet, but just to visit the animals and show them you care. You may be surprised, and find the perfect feline or canine companion just waiting to become a part of your family!
BARC! doesn't get any government funding nor are we affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States. We rely solely on the generosity of individual donations, foundations and grants to help the homeless, abused and injured animals.