Urgent Need

These animals need your help.

BARCS’ Franky Fund cares for nearly 900 animals each year with extraordinary medical needs. The costs to save their lives is outside of our annual budget, and so the Franky Fund relies completely on private donations. 100% of your gift today will help the animals listed below and others like them.

Last week, a Baltimore resident brought a dog to BARCS. The dog, who we named Midas, could not stand or move without help. He was also extremely emaciated—so much so that he has muscle loss on top of his head, along his spine and over his shoulders and hips. That much muscle loss indicates that he’s been without food and water for a very long time. An examination by our skilled and caring veterinary team also found a right femur fracture.

It was clear Midas was in need of immediate emergency care, so our team sent him to one of our partner ER clinics. In addition to being emaciated and weak, Midas was very dehydrated, and his skin was breaking down. He started a strict refeeding schedule with IV fluids. Notably, the fracture on his right leg is older and had healed in malalignment. Once he’s stronger, Midas will need an assessment to see if needs surgical treatment or not.

We’re devastated to see Midas in such a terrible condition; we never get “used” to seeing animals like this. Despite all the pain and discomfort he must feel, Midas is such a sweet and trusting boy—you can see in his eyes how much he wants to feel safe, to feel love.

We are committed to giving him the second chance he deserves, no matter how long his recovery may take. But, we could use your help.

BARCS is seeking donations for Midas to our Franky Fund, which saves the lives of animals with extraordinary medical needs and emergencies. This fund is the lifeline for injured, sick and abused animals in Baltimore City.

Your donations help us always be ready to help animals in need. Summer is coming, which is when we always see a huge uptick in emergency cases like Midas. Our Franky Fund has been lower than normal, which means we need all the help we can get.

If you can help, please donate. 100% of your donation goes directly to medical care.

Late last week, Baltimore City Animal Control officers responded to a call from Baltimore Police during the execution of a search and seizure warrant. In the home, they found two-month-old puppy Baby D. Officers were informed that Baby D had been attacked by another dog in the house two days before. They had not sought medical care for Baby D though it was clear he needed it—badly.

Baby D arrived at BARCS with wounds, including a big bite wound on his chest. He has a very swollen elbow and was not putting weight on his right front. Based on the information from Animal Control and the extent of the injuries, our team sent him out to a partner Franky Fund hospital, where they did surgery to explore, clean and suture the wounds and take x-rays of the leg. 

Baby D has a severe radius/ulnar fracture. Though the team was hopeful that the fracture could be repaired, after a surgical consultation, Baby D will need his leg amputated. Even at a deeply discounted rate, an initial surgery estimate is $1,200-$1,500 with potentially more costs incurred at a later date for further care.

Sweet Baby D wants nothing more than to be a puppy: to run and jump and wrestle with his friends and people. But, he has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

BARCS is seeking donations for Baby D to our Franky Fund, which saves the lives of animals with extraordinary medical needs and emergencies. This fund is the lifeline for injured, sick and abused animals in Baltimore City.

Your donations help us always be ready to help animals in need. Summer is coming, which is when we always see a huge uptick in emergency cases like Baby D. Our Franky Fund has been lower than normal, which means we need all the help we can get.

If you can help, please donate. 100% of your donation goes directly to medical care.

On Monday, Baltimore City Animal Control received a complaint for a young puppy that was found lost and injured in zip code 21218. Seattle, as we named her, was unable to walk or move around. She was hunched over, frozen with pain. Due to the severity of her condition, officers rushed her to a partner Franky Fund clinic for emergency care.

X-rays revealed the cause of baby Seattle’s terrible pain: both of her femurs and her hip are fractured—injuries that are consistent with being kicked very hard or hit by a very heavy object.

If this is the case, we cannot even begin to understand why anyone could do such a horrible thing to an animal—let alone a baby. And yet, with no reason to, she still crawled and clung to humans for help.

Seattle needs emergency surgery to help heal her broken bones. Her fractures are so severe that she may need more than one surgery.

We are seeking donations to help with Seattle’s emergency care.

‪We know that it is difficult to read about injured and abused animals, especially those victims of violence. It's hard for us too—we never get "used to" the things we see each day. We thank each and every one of you who support our shelter so that we can save animals like Seattle.‬

‪Even if you are not able to give at this time, you can help our community by sharing this story with your network and taking a step offline to speak to a young person in your life about kindness to animals.‬

‪Together we can be a loud voice to stop abuse and build a more humane Baltimore.‬

**Please contact Baltimore City Animal Abuse Detective Kan at 443-257-7402 if you have any information regarding the case. You can remain anonymous.**

Donate now and give the gift of health and life.

Critical Medical Funds

Critical Medical Care for our animals is the largest part of the BARCS budget, totaling more than $500,000 each year. It’s where funding for our shelter is always most critically needed. Our medical funds save hundreds of animals a year at BARCS. As Maryland’s largest animal shelter, we see some of the worst cases of abuse and neglect—donations are quickly used for treatment.

With increased donations, we can save more and more animals—which is why they need you. Your gift today will give an injured pet a second chance, so that they may never live another day without medical care, shelter and, most importantly, love.

Medical Care Fund

This in-house fund provides ongoing medical care for all of our shelter animals, including antibiotics, vaccinations, testing and spay and neuter surgery. Nancy Cohen and Michael Schaffer from Eddie’s of Roland Park generously provided the seed funding to launch this lifesaving fund.

The Franky Fund

Named after Franky, a special puppy who was the first recipient of care through this fund, the Franky Fund provides outside emergency and specialized medical care to homeless animals in need. Animals requiring critical assessment and immediate lifesaving treatment are sent to partnering veterinary hospitals to evaluate and treat them at a lower cost to BARCS.

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Other Ways to Donate

BARCS has so many wonderful animals that need new homes. Even a small donation will make a BIG difference! Donations large and small can help a young puppy that needs special medication or help a cat get the immediate care that it needs to get adopted. If you would like to make a donation to BARCS, you can do so in a variety of ways.

Donate Online

Visit our secure online donation page to send your gift quickly and directly to the animals.

Donate by Mail

You can mail a check made payable to BARCS to 2490 Giles Road, Baltimore, MD 21225. Please fill out the BARCS donation form and send with your tax-deductable donation.

Gift of Life

The greatest gift you can give to a shelter animal comes in the form of one small word…“home.” Save a life this holiday season when you donate $75 (or any amount you can give) to the Gift of Life donation drive. Your year end, tax-deductible gift will help pay the adoption fee of an animal in our shelter so that they find a forever home. And you will not only save that animal’s life but also the next animal that comes to BARCS in need of care.

Leaders of the Pack

In 2016, BARCS introduced a new major donors circle, the Leaders of the Pack. This special group is for people who understand that they aren't just providing support--they are saving lives. BARCS' Leaders of the Pack members $1,000 or more annually to help us continue our work finding homes for Baltimore's homeless pets.

Donate Through the Charity Campaigns

You can donate to the shelter through the Charity Campaigns at work by using BARCS designated numbers:
Baltimore City Charity Campaign: #0192
Maryland Charity Campaign: EIN/Taypayer ID 86-1130456
Combined Charity Campaign (Federal): #33054
United Way: Write in BARCS as Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc.

Memorial or Tribute Donation

To make a donation in memory of a person or pet, please fill out the Memorial or Tribute Form and mail it to Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc., (BARCS), 2490 Giles Road, Baltimore, MD 21225.

In Lieu of Flowers (for Funerals or Memorials)

Suggested text to use for memorials:
“In lieu of flowers, the family of ______________________ requests your consideration in donating to Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc., (BARCS), 2490 Giles Road, Baltimore, MD 21225. In honor of ______________________.”

In Lieu of Wedding Favors

Getting married? Think of donating to BARCS for your wedding favors. Suggested text:
“In honor of this special day, a gift has been made on behalf of all of our wonderful supportive family and friends gathered here today and those with us in spirit to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS).”

Planned Gifts

Support BARCS with a planned gift. You may benefit from income and capital gains tax savings when you establish a planned gift. Donors can also direct their insurance plans, retirement funds and IRAs in support of BARCS. This designation often allows the donor to make a considerable legacy gift. Careful planning is necessary in the use of IRAs and other retirement plans to fund charitable gifts, so please contact your tax advisor. You may also contact the BARCS development department for more information at jgoldberger@barcs.org.

BARCS Custom License Plate

Show your support for BARCS by purchasing a custom BARCS license plate. They are $75, and $50 from each plate goes directly to BARCS to care for the animals. Just send a check for $75 made out to BARCS to: BARCS License Plate Program, 2490 Giles Road, Baltimore, MD 21225. You will receive an application in the mail which should be completed and returned to the above address and you will receive your new plate in 6-8 weeks. Please make sure you include your address if the address on your check is not current.

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Our Wish List

Caring for our animals requires a lot of time, love, money and supplies. Listed below is BARCS' “Wish List” of supplies needed. You can also donate items from our Amazon Wish List. If you donate an item through Amazon, please let us know (Amazon sends it to us anonymously) so that we can properly acknowledge your contribution by emailing your full name, address and item purchased to give@barcs.org.

Donating wish list items helps us with the day-to-day care of our animals and supports our operational needs.

Items can be dropped off during the following hours:
Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

You can find directions to the shelter on our Directions page. Remember, even used items can help our animals. All donations are tax deductible.


  • Kongs (large and XL)
  • Nylabones (large and XL)
  • Catch interactive feeder for dogs
  • Chuck-it balls (large)
  • Kong Goodie Bone
  • Feliway spray
  • Stretch and scratch box for cats
  • Feather wand toys
  • Reflective mobiles/wind chimes
  • Realistic/felt mouse toys (no cat nip)
  • Automatic laser pointer
  • Catch brand interactive feeder for cats


  • Kitchen scales
  • Large heating disc
  • Triple antibiotic ointment or cream
  • Gauze (3”x3” 4PLY)
  • Latex gloves (all sizes)
  • Non-latex gloves (large)
  • Digital thermometers
  • Batteries: AAA, AA, 9V
  • New toothbrushes (must be individually wrapped)


  • Blankets, comforters, towels, sheets
  • Shower curtains (non-transparent)
  • Stainless steel no-flip bowls (all sizes)
  • Nylon Flat Buckle Collars (16-20 inches, no plastic clip)
  • British slip leads (leash-type)
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • Cat brushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Medium and large plastic airline-type crates
  • Aromatherapy diffuser
  • Essential oils (lavender and chamomile)
  • Kuranda dog beds: If you would like to allow one more homeless dog to sleep in comfort, please donate a bed at our special wholesale price


  • Dog/puppy food: dry and wet (unopened)
  • Cat/kitten food: dry and wet (unopened)
  • Nutri-Cal nutritional supplement
  • Breeders Edge brand kitten replacement milk
  • Royal Canin: Babycat (wet/dry)
  • Zukes brand dog treats (training size)
  • Bully sticks
  • Smooth peanut butter


  • Paper towels (regular and industrial)
  • Dawn dish detergent
  • Lint rollers
  • Plastic watering cans
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Copy paper (white, blue, pink, yellow, purple, blue)
  • Index cards (3×5 white, pink, blue)
  • Dry erase markers (fine point)
  • Plastic clipboards
  • Duct tape
  • Moving dollys

Monetary donations are always appreciated!

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