We are currently taking applications for the remaining BARK Dogs we have in our care. If you have any questions, please contact adopt@barkva.org & we will get back with you as soon as possible. Because of all the wonderful media coverage & support from the community we have an influx of applications. 

Applicants must be within reasonable driving distance from Ashland, VA.  Thank you!

*The BARK (dog) kennels will be the only part closing. The Jessica Beath Firehouse Spay/Neuter Clinic and BARK Behind Bars prison training programs will be unaffected.*

"Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who have helped so many animals find great homes:) As of the end of this year (2019), the kennels will be closed. We are not accepting any new animals as of June 1st and this will give us plenty of time to place the animals currently with us.  Private Home based kennels are No longer needed in central Virginia.

County animal controls are doing a great job and we are supporting them with our spay/neuter services at our Jessica Beath Clinic 🙂  (the clinic will NOT be closing)"

Regards, Bob/BARK

If you're interested in meeting a dog, please fill out an application online here.  that is the FIRST step. You will receive a confirmation after you submit.  If you have any questions about your application and/or a particular dog, please email .  Thank you



Prior to adoption, all of BARK's dogs are spayed/neutered, given routine vaccinations appropriate to their age, tested for heartworms, and are microchipped. BARK dogs also graduate from our BARK Behind Bars training program prior to adoption. You can learn more about adopting from BARK here.


Mission & Vision 

Click to see the new Mission & Vision of BARK

Paw-PrintBARK Behind Bars

BARK BEHIND BARS is a cooperative effort between BARK & the Department of Corrections.


Paw-PrintDonate to Bark 

Please click on the link and check out the items we need to care for our dogs.  We need pet care items and cleaning supplies all the time!  Please email us at to arrange the drop off of donations.  Thank you!

As an all-volunteer organization, donations enable BARK to continue to provide the necessary care for all of our dogs. Even the smallest amount or item makes a BIG difference! Learn more about donating by viewing a brief video.

Our Mission

The mission of Bandit's Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) is to rescue orphaned or abandoned pets and other adoptable dogs from animal shelters in the Richmond area, provide spay/neuter and vaccinations, then find loving, forever homes for them. In 2015, BARK placed 353 dogs in forever homes. Learn more about BARK’s History.



Quick Reference Guide

For questions about Adopting or returning a BARK dog, please e-mail

For questions about Volunteering, please e-mail

For all other inquiries, please e-mail

Thank you!