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.
UPDATE: Last week, Baltimore City Animal Control officers responded to a call about an abandoned cat found in the 21218 neighborhood of the city. It was reported that citizens witnessed Strawberry Milkshake, as we named him, be the victim of violent abuse. X-rays showed that he sustained a fracture so severe that his bone shattered; he also has a fracture in his right hip joint.
We’re pleased to share that, on Monday, Strawberry had a successful hind leg amputation surgery. He then went into a loving foster home. Strawberry is already feeling much more comfortable! In two weeks, he’ll have a check in appointment and then we can determine when to schedule his second surgery.
A huge “thank you” to everyone who donated to our Franky Fund. Your support saves lives. We truly cannot do what we do without you.
On Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore City Animal Control officers responded to a call about an abandoned cat found in the 21218 neighborhood of the city. It was reported that citizens witnessed Strawberry Milkshake, as we named him, being repeatedly slammed against a dumpster. X-rays showed that he sustained a fracture so severe that his bone shattered; he also has a fracture in his right hip joint.
Strawberry was rushed to a partner emergency veterinary clinic for overnight care and monitoring. He received an orthopedic surgery consultation this morning that confirmed he needs his left hind leg to be amputated and he needs FHO surgery on his right hip socket 2-4 weeks after his leg is amputated.
Today begins Strawberry’s long journey to recovery—he’ll have his leg amputated and then begin strict crate rest.
Despite the cruelty he endured, Strawberry is the sweetest boy. He quickly won over the staff at the hospital with his soft fur and gentle head butts. His trusting nature tells us he wants to be someone’s pet—someone’s best friend. We’ll never understand why a person would instead choose to treat an animal so cruelly.
We are committed to giving Strawberry the second chance he deserves. But, we could use your help.
BARCS is seeking donations for Strawberry 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. Our Franky Fund has been lower than normal, which means we need all the help we can get.
If you can help, please donate on our website. 100% of your donation goes directly to medical care.
Yesterday afternoon, a Baltimore resident found a hurt puppy outside of an abandoned home in 21213. Hammy, as we named him, was frozen in his spot. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that this sweeet pup had injuries to his legs. Given the severity of his condition, we opted to send Hammy to the emergency room, where he is currently staying.
There, X-rays revealed that poor Hammy has fractures at both of his elbows; one break is more severe than the other. We are seeking a consultation with an orthopedic specialist to determine the best next steps, but Hammy will likely need surgery to repair both legs. If the more severe break cannot be helped through surgery, his one leg will need to be amputated.
Sweet Hammy has so much life ahead of him. Despite all the pain and discomfort he must feel, Hammy is such a sweet and trusting boy—you can see in his eyes how much he wants to feel safe, to feel love.
Hammy will need several expensive surgeries, as well as a long road to recovery, but doctors believe they will give him a good quality of life... one where he can run around and play just like a puppy should.
But, we could use your help.
BARCS is seeking donations for Hammy 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.
If you can help, please donate through our website. 100% of your donation goes directly to medical care.
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.
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.
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.
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).”
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
TOYS & ENRICHMENT
Kongs (large and XL)
Nylabones (large and XL)
Catch interactive feeder for dogs
Chuck-it balls (large)
Kong Goodie Bone
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
Large heating disc
Triple antibiotic ointment or cream
Gauze (3”x3” 4PLY)
Latex gloves (all sizes)
Non-latex gloves (large)
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
Medium and large plastic airline-type crates
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
FOOD & TREATS
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)
Smooth peanut butter
Paper towels (regular and industrial)
Dawn dish detergent
Plastic watering cans
Copy paper (white, blue, pink, yellow, purple, blue)