Baseball fans headed to an Orioles game this Memorial Day weekend will have the opportunity to take home a new pet.
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is turning to the team for help in finding new homes for adoptable dogs and cats as it struggles with a chock-full shelter.
BARCS said Friday on Twitter that the shelter is in a state of emergency and is waiving adoption fees amid an influx of animals in need. The rescue group has taken in 303 new animals over the last week and is caring for a dozen more dogs than it has the space for, according to the post.
On Sunday and Monday, BARCS will bring its mobile adoption vehicle, the “BFF Waggin’,” to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to encourage adoptions. The van will be parked at Maryland Square, near Gate A.
BARCS, the city’s only open-admission animal shelter, has seen an unprecedented number of pet surrenders in 2023. The shelter’s staff said earlier this year that the trend is linked to the restart of evictions following a pandemic-era eviction moratorium.
Baseball fans who decide to adopt a pet won’t need to worry about dog- or cat-sitting — at least not right away: BARCS says anyone with tickets can pick up their pet after the ball game.
The team is set to face the Texas Rangers at 1:35 p.m. Sunday and the Cleveland Guardians at 1:05 p.m. Monday.