Our roots are deep in the communities we serve and although our programs have changed through the years, our core values remain. 


Founded in 1974, the Belmont County Animal Rescue League in St. Clairsville, Ohio was organized by three caring and compassionate citizens of the community who saw a need for structured animal welfare programs.  BCARL Founders John Pickenpaugh, Dr. McBride DVM and Elaine Barnes believed that to have an impact on serious animal issues in Belmont County they would need to focus on developing innovative resources and services that would have a lasting effect and save lives. 


The founders of BCARL came up with a very diverse set of goals and objectives.  BCARL, among other various programs, provided educational information in order to better understand canine behavior and personality, develop methods to measure and improve welfare in a shelter, rescue or foster programs, identify problem behaviors and implement behavioral interventions, and to help shelters, rescues and foster programs make successful matches.  Many of these initial goals are still alive today.  We hope you will take some time to learn more about BCARL while you are here.  

The Belmont County Animal Rescue League relies primarily on the generosity of individuals like you who share our passion and belief that caring for animals is an important expression of our collective humanity. We will immediately put to work the funds donated here to rescue, rehabilitate and connect more animals to loving homes.


Thank you for your interest and support!


Call us: 740-782-9712

Email us: bcarlweb@gmail.com


41981 National Rd

Belmont, OH 43718

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