Our History



bandit_historyBARK (Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9’s) was founded in 2001 in honor of Bandit, a neglected dog who was rescued in 1987. 

Located on a farm-like setting in Ashland, Virginia, the BARK kennels serve as a safe-haven for abused and neglected dogs rescued from the metro Richmond area.  A dedicated team of volunteers perform the essential daily tasks of kennel care (walking and cleaning kennels), canine intake, medical review, application processing, record management, and community outreach.

Each year, new volunteers join our cause and the organization grows stronger. With your continued support the valuable work at BARK will save thousands of K-9 lives in the years to come. Learn more about BARK's 2016 adoption statistics here

About BARK