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About Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) operates a no-kill shelter on 365 acres in Reisterstown, Maryland, which provides a temporary home, safe refuge, and loving care for unwanted and homeless animals. Since its founding in 1927, BHS has found devoted forever homes for hundreds of thousands of wonderful animals, as well as provided low-cost Spay/Neuter and Vaccination services to the community in our Veterinary Center. In addition, the Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park, on the grounds of BHS, provides a peaceful final resting place for beloved pets, and offers free pet loss group and individual counseling to the public. Finally, the remaining 343 acres of the BHS campus serve as a protected wildlife sanctuary. We provide humane education programs to City and County schools, libraries, and youth groups, low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics, and several other programs to grow humane treatment of animals in our community.

The Baltimore Humane Society is a private nonprofit organization, and we do not receive any operational funding from Baltimore County or any other governments, or any national humane organizations or animal welfare groups.

Over the past year, we have developed a number of new programs including a Read to the Animals program for children, and a partnership with Stella Maris for our shelter pets to provide therapeutic visits to their long term care residents. As part of our new Shelter Intervention initiative designed to keep families together, we opened a pet food bank, began offering behavior and training consultations, and a domestic violence pet foster program. We have also introduced a number of new enrichment protocols, playgroups, and other programs designed to enhance shelter pets' mental and physical health while they stay with us.

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Mission Statement

  • Provide a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for stray, unwanted and homeless animals.
  • Work aggressively to place each animal that comes to our shelter in a loving, permanent home.
  • Strive to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals by promoting and offering affordable spaying and neutering to control the population of unwanted animals in our area and addressing the issues that cause people to give up animals.
  • Advance the cause of the humane treatment of animals and increase awareness of animal issues through public education.
  • Ensure a peaceful final resting place for beloved pets through the operation of a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery for companion animals.
Our Commitments
The Baltimore Humane Society was founded in 1927 to protect our region's pets and to address their suffering. Since inception, the Baltimore Humane Society has strived to reach its potential and to achieve its mission. Over the years, we've adopted a set of tenets that represent our commitments to the pets that come into our care. All of our efforts are centered around one word... HUMANE.

Each individual has the power through their own actions and a focus on their personal ethics to live with respect for others and for other life.

Each individual has the strength to demonstrate and to educate others on their conviction that all individuals, be they man or animal, deserve respect and humane care.

Each individual can trust in the goodness and virtue of others and can believe that our community continues to move toward greater respect and humane treatment of the animals in our care.

Each individual can dream of tomorrow and the opportunities it will bring to progress our mission of a humane community.

Baltimore Humane Society
1601 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136
(410) 833-8848 | phone
(410) 833-4481 | fax