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.

On Saturday, October 28, Baltimore City Animal Control officers received a call about a 4-month-old puppy who had been tied to the banister of a vacant house. When officers arrived at the location, they noted that Carolina, as we named her, had a severely injured leg that was actively bleeding. As they approached her, they realized that the lower half of her leg and foot was almost entirely severed from the upper half of her leg. The officers immediately rushed her to one of our Franky Fund partner hospitals for treatment. 

While we are unsure of what caused this type of injury to Carolina’s leg, her emergency exam revealed that the injury is extensive and her leg cannot be saved. Carolina is also underweight and has a fractured tooth requiring additional medical care. The veterinary hospital needed to immediately remove the portion of her leg that was severed, and she will have to return to the hospital tomorrow for a full amputation. In the meantime, we are keeping her as comfortable as possible in a staff member’s office, where she is receiving round-the-clock care, medication and snuggles. 

Despite everything that she has been through, Carolina is an incredibly sweet, loving and playful puppy who wants nothing more than love from her new human friends. We have vowed to Carolina that we will make this better and that from here on she will be loved and well cared for. Though her movements need to be limited now due to her injuries, we can’t wait for her to heal from the amputation and be able to run and play like any other puppy.

BARCS is seeking donations for Carolina to our Franky Fund, which is a restricted fund that saves the lives of animals with extraordinary medical needs and emergencies. It is a lifeline for the injured, sick and abused animals in Baltimore City. We can only spend as much as we raise and it is separate from our General Fund. Here at BARCS, we meet 10,000-12,000 animals each year that need us. Many like Carolina need specialized care before they are ready to find their forever homes.

Now through the end of the year, all donations to our Franky Fund will be generously matched dollar-to-dollar up to $15,000 by The Trexler and Wilner Foundations and Jeff Abarbanel and David Goldner. 

With your help, we can give innocent animals like Carolina a second chance at life. If you're able to assist, please consider making a donation using the button above. 100% of your donation goes directly to medical care.


On Saturday, May 27, our Franky Fund Coordinator received a call about a puppy who had been found as a stray covered in severe burns. A good samaritan saw the young dog and took him to a local animal hospital. Ozly, as we’ve named him, was immediately admitted into our Franky Fund program through a partner veterinary clinic.

Ozly’s emergency exam revealed that he had sustained extensive chemical burns to his sides, shoulder, elbow and head that caused lesions and necrotic skin tissue. Since he was found as a stray, we are unsure if the burns were intentional or accidental, but they required a significant amount of intensive care. It was nothing short of a miracle that he survived this.

Ozly now needs continuous daily care in his foster home for quite some time until he heals. His daily treatment consists of pain medication, antibiotics, topical medication and hydrotherapy twice a day. He will also most likely need surgery in the future. 

Despite everything that he has been through, Ozly is a sweet and loving puppy who wants nothing more than love from his new human friends. We have vowed to Ozly that we will make this better and that from here on he will be loved and well cared for.

BARCS is seeking donations for Ozly to our Franky Fund, which saves the lives of animals with extraordinary medical needs and emergencies. This fund is the lifeline for the injured, sick and abused animals in Baltimore City. Here at BARCS, we meet 10,000 animals each year that need us. Many like Ozly need specialized care before they are ready to find their forever homes. 

If you can help, please donate through the button on this post or on our website at www.barcs.org/urgent-care. 100% of your donation goes directly to medical care.

On Thursday, February 2, Baltimore City Animal Control received a call about a dog thrown away in a silver trash can at the corner of 2129 E. Monument Street. The dog was severely matted, unable to move, and in excruciating pain. Officers brought her back to BARCS to be seen immediately by our shelter veterinary team. We named her Celadon, Cellie for short.

Her emergency exam at BARCS revealed that the severe matting of her fur had cut off circulation to her right hind paw causing it to become necrotic and fall off. We quickly transported Cellie to one of our emergency Franky Fund partners, where she was shaved down under anesthesia. Her right leg, where her paw had fallen off, needed to be completely amputated. Additionally, they also discovered a very infected and painful wound on her left hind leg, also likely from the severe matting.

Because of her condition and immobility, we know that Cellie was deliberately thrown away in that trash can and left to die. Authorities need your help: Baltimore City Animal Abuse Unit has an open investigation for this case and is looking for anyone with information to please contact them at 410-396-9898. You are able to remain anonymous when filing a report.

Cellie has suffered cruelty and abandonment at the hands of the people she trusted to take care of her and love her unconditionally. We have vowed to Cellie that we will make this better and that from here on she will be loved and well cared for. BARCS is seeking donations to our Franky Fund for this case. If you can help, please donate at www.barcs.org/urgent-care or through the link on this post

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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