Pets in Need – Why BAARCS is so necessary

Life can change in a moment and for many that means they can no longer care for themselves or their animals. COVID, financial hardship, sudden homelessness are all too common reasons these days that pets can suddenly become homeless.

The following stories are a small example of the reason there is a real need to open a sanctuary like BAARCS, where we can help by providing a safe harbor for these animals.

Just think of how many more animals can be saved once we have a permanent location for our sanctuary!

Our Foster Program

While we work to raise funds to purchase a permanent home for our sanctuary, we offer a fostering program for animals who have lost their guardians. We currently have a full house in our foster program and are hoping to find: 1) more people willing to take in long-term foster animals and 2) to raise funds so we can add more members to our foster family in 2024. We provide all food, medications, and vet visits for our pet guests. All of your donations allow us to continue this work and we are so grateful to our supporters for their help!


Update: Max has been adopted!!

Maxwell’s daddy passed away from COVID and unfortunately there was no one among friends or family who could take him in.  He’s already happily settled in with one of our long-term foster parents and loves to sleep on TOP of his little mesh cat house, rather than inside.

Trevor and Miss Stripes

This bonded pair lost their owner and had no one to take them in. They’re getting comfortable here at the rescue and particularly love watching the swimming fish program on their iPad.


Luther’s pet daddy was an older gentleman who lived alone. He loved all animals and spent much of his time after retirement going on long walks and feeding at the TNR colonies near our neighborhood.

He passed away very suddenly a few years ago. About a week after Luther’s daddy died, I found Luther in my backyard one morning, drooling uncontrollably with a swollen-looking face.  Turned out he had an infection in his tongue.

Once we took care of the infection and introduced him to a nice soft bed in the house he was happy to trade the outdoors for the indoors, although he still enjoys running around outside every morning.

Dub 2023


Dub, the first cat in our BAARCS program has peacefully passed to the Rainbow Bridge.

We will miss him so much but he’ll be remembered forever.



sophie and her feather wand


This is Sophie. We found her roaming around while looking for a cat that escaped from one of our fosters. She is a snuggler, spending her days glued to her human’s side.

We’ve checked with local rescues and PawBoost and haven’t found anyone looking for her, so for now she’s joining our gang.

Sophie is much younger than the animals we usually admit to our program, but she’s adjusting well to being surrounded by  grandpa and grandma kitties 🙂 

These girls are Annie and Kimmie

They are a bonded pair who were originally rescued by an older friend, and their situation was the impetus to create Bay Area Animal Rescue Center and Sanctuary

A few years after she rescued the girls my friend was diagnosed with an incurable condition and passed away. She said before she died that she had made arrangements for a relative to take care of the dogs when she passed.

The relative called the day after my friend passed away, saying that she was at the house and wanted me to come get the dogs and find them a home. When told that my friend had said she’d be taking care of the dogs she said she’d never agreed to that, didn’t want them, and if someone didn’t come get them she’d take them to the shelter and have them put to sleep.

Circumstances at the time didn’t allow me to have any more animals, so for weeks I contacted private shelters,  looking for someone who could take a bonded pair of dogs of an indeterminate age (because they were originally rescued we didn’t really know their ages). Everyone was full up and most of them only wanted “adoptable” dogs – cute little puppies or young dogs that they could adopt out immediately.

I finally got a lead from a friend about an animal service that allowed people to post ads for senior pets and situations where the owner was no longer available. Luckily, after posting an ad, a very nice couple responded. They specifically wanted to offer a home to a bonded pair of older pets, and now those little girls have been with the there for several years, living a happy life!

The reason we want to open a  BAARCS facility? Because there are so many pets left behind when someone becomes ill or passes away unexpectedly, and we have a limited amount of foster homes available. It would be great to be able to open our doors to many more older pets who need a loving home.