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.

Over the holiday weekend, Baltimore City Animal Control officers responded to a call from a concerned community member who witnessed a dog being hit by a car in the Gwynn Oak neighborhood. The citizen was able to approach and lift the dog into her car before calling. Due to the dog’s severe injuries, officers brought the dog directly to one of BARCS’ emergency veterinary clinic partners. 

Butter Bee, as we named her, has fractures in both her lower jaw and jaw joint. Her facial damage is so great that, earlier this week, there were moments where veterinarians didn’t believe her quality of life could improve. Thankfully, after a few touch-and-go days, we received hopeful news that she could be saved. Even though sweet Butter Bee was constantly whimpering and shaking from pain, she’s been trying to prove to everyone that she is alright with gentle tail wags and kisses.

Meanwhile, Baltimore resident Virginia was coping with heartache. In 2018, her son Johnathan tragically passed away. Johnathan was a big dog lover and owned three dogs, including a sweet girl named Lydia, who he adopted from BARCS in 2014. Virginia lovingly opened up her home to her son’s pups, and they helped to ease her grief.

Several months after her son’s passing, Virginia let Lydia outside to go potty. When it was time to bring her in, Lydia was gone. Virginia searched high and low for sweet Lydia, but it seemed she was gone. Now, over two years later, she hasn’t stopped looking.

And then, Virginia got a phone call from BARCS.

When Butter Bee arrived at the ER, she was scanned for a microchip… and the chip was still registered to BARCS, which led us to Virginia. She couldn’t believe it—Butter Bee was Lydia. Lydia, who meant so much to Virginia’s family not just for being a wonderful dog but also a link and constant happy reminder of her son, was found after two long years. 

The family is overjoyed that Lydia was found after all these years, but the news of the accident and need for surgery is shocking. Virginia wants so badly to bring Lydia home, but the high cost for surgery was more than she could afford right now—and Lydia’s surgery is an emergency situation.

That’s where you come in—we need your help. This family has already seen so much heartache and tragedy, and we won’t let the high cost of saving Lydia get in the way of helping her and getting her back home in time for the holidays to be reunited with Virginia and especially with her younger son.

Lydia is having surgery to reconstruct her face and jaw today. We are so lucky that one of our generous Franky Fund partners was moved by this story and offered us a significant discount on the procedure, but we still need help to cover the remaining costs. You see, in the last 30 days, we’ve had 72 animals who were recipients of this program and our fund is very low.

Please consider giving to the Franky Fund today to help us make this happy ending possible. Any additional money raised will be used for the emergency medical care of the more than 800 animals that are treated through the Franky Fund yearly.

Thank you for your love and support. We promise to keep everyone updated!

Now through 11:59 p.m. on July 16, every donation to the Franky Fund will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 by The Arthur Wilner Foundation and Jeffrey Abarbanel.

This baby with the shy smile is six-month-old Jodi. Jodi has arrived at BARCS in search of a second chance; her former owner surrendered her when they realized they could not provide the medical care that she needed to live a full life. 

Jodi's medical needs are challenging, to say the least. She was born with a leg deformity that makes it difficult for her to walk. Up until now, she's been dragging her rear end and large leg on the ground to move around. Her way of "walking" is clearly not healthy or comfortable for her poor body.

She so desperately wants to run and play with our team. Though we do have a wheelchair in our shelter, it's not fitted to her body's unique needs, so it's not a long-term solution.

At BARCS, we never say no to an animal in need, including animals in need of specialized medical care like Jodi. But, we could use 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 will help animals in need of emergency and specialized medical care.

With your help, we can give innocent pets a second chance at life.

UPDATE #3: Fabulous news! We are SO thrilled to announce that, as of yesterday, Noki, Milton and Rainbow are all in foster homes. Though they no longer need the supportive medical care that an emergency room provides, these sweet babies still have a long road to recovery ahead of them. As they grow bigger and stronger in foster care, the puppies will have their stool samples tested regularly until they stop shedding parvovirus. That can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

We couldn’t have done this without your help. Sometimes it seems like we say that a lot, but it’s true and worth repeating: you made this happy ending possible. Your outpouring of love was so great that the BARCS Franky Fund will be able to help more neglected, injured and sick animals in need of specialized and emergency care in recent weeks.

Every life is important. Together, we’ve shown Noki, Milton and Rainbow that they are no exception. They are worthy of good health, safety and, most importantly, love.

Thank you for your support of BARCS and the animals we serve.

If you would like to be a hero to help more animals like Noki, Milton and Rainbow, take the pledge to be a Constant Companion of BARCS. By giving a small monthly donation, you give BARCS the ability each day to say ‘yes’ with confidence to animals like them. Will you join this special group of people to ensure that we can meet the needs of the animals in our shelter? We are asking you to commit just $10/month to BARCS to be a part of our special Constant Companion lifeline group.

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UPDATE #2 ON NOKI, MILTON & RAINBOW: Here’s some good news for your Friday morning: Milton and Rainbow are finally starting to feel better, though they are not ready to leave the hospital just yet. Rainbow did not need a second blood transfusion, and while she could still develop complications, she is showing big differences. Milton is more alert and being weaned off of his IVs. And last, but not least, little Noki is doing well in his foster home.

Though these puppies are definitely showing signs of improvement, they still have a long road to recovery ahead of them. We are feeling hopeful for their futures.

For those who were touched by this story and moved to foster, we greatly welcome your help and ask that you fill out an application on our website. Noki, Milton and Rainbow are just three of the hundreds of medical cases that will need the support of foster homes this summer. For those who have expressed interest in adoption, at this time we are solely focused on the survival of the puppies and are not processing applications.

Again, we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped us financially, with words of love and support, and by offering to foster or adopt. We hope that Noki, Milton, Rainbow, Clove and Sky’s story initiates important conversations in our homes, among family and friends and in our greater community. As animal advocates, it is all of our responsibility to adopt pets from reputable organizations, and spread awareness about the all-too-frequent, neglectful, unethical and inhumane practices of selling animals without proof of licensed and responsible origins.

If you would like to support BARCS’ Franky Fund in honor of Noki, Milton and Rainbow, and in loving memory of Clove and Sky, please give on this post or at www.barcs.org/urgent-care/.

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UPDATE ON NOKI, MILTON & RAINBOW: Yesterday, we received an outpouring of love and support for Noki, Milton and Rainbow, the remaining three puppies from a litter with progressed parvovirus. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We received an update this afternoon from the hospital that we wanted to share:

Noki (pictured) is doing the best of the three and is responding well to treatment. When our Franky Fund Coordinator was on the phone with the doctors, she could even hear little Noki doing some husky “singing” in the background. Noki is stable and feeling well enough to be transported into home care with one of our BARCS foster families. If all goes well, she should be sleeping in a cozy, loving home as early as tonight.

Unfortunately, the other two puppies are still in critical and grave condition. Milton has not shown a decline, but also hasn’t shown improvement, and is still on life support. Rainbow has taken a turn for the worse and will be receiving a blood transfusion today as a final effort to save her life. We are asking that everyone please keep these two little bugs in your thoughts today as they continue to fight.
For those who were touched by this story and moved to foster, we greatly welcome your help and ask that you fill out an application on our website. Noki, Milton and Rainbow are just three of the hundreds of medical cases that will need the support of foster homes this summer.

For those who have expressed interest in adoption, at this time we are solely focused on the survival of the puppies, and are not processing applications.

Again, we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped us financially, with words of love and support, and by offering to foster or adopt. We hope that Noki, Milton, Rainbow, Clove and Sky’s story initiates important conversations in our homes, among family and friends and in our greater community. As animal advocates, it is all of our responsibility to adopt pets from reputable organizations, and spread awareness about the all-too-frequent, neglectful, unethical and inhumane practices of selling animals without proof of licensed and responsible origins.

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FRANKY FUND: On Friday night, a customer at the gas station at the foot of Hanover Street Bridge noticed a broken down car. When they approached to offer help, they noticed that something was very wrong—inside were five husky puppies covered in their own filth and barely moving. Also in the car was a man asleep in the driver's seat.

Baltimore City Animal Control was called to the scene. When they arrived, the conditions were even more horrific than they could have imagined. The puppies were only 4-weeks-old; they were actively having bouts of uncontrolled diarrhea and were eating their own excrement and vomit. They were very thin, lifeless and unable to stand. The owner of the vehicle explained that he had bought the puppies down south and was traveling up the east coast to sell them for profit. All five puppies were seized and transported to the ER through BARCS’ Franky Fund Program.

We named these babies Clove, Rainbow, Noki, Milton and Sky. At the hospital, they were diagnosed with parvovirus, a deadly illness that affects unvaccinated puppies and dogs. This terrifying disease moves very quickly, so when the ER called in the middle of the night, our team at BARCS answered and authorized emergency treatment to begin.

Unfortunately, by Saturday morning, little Clove didn’t make it. The remaining four puppies, Rainbow, Noki, Milton and Sky, were on life support. By Saturday night, despite the ER’s best efforts and round-the-clock care, Sky also passed away.

It’s now Monday morning. Noki and Milton are in critical condition but are making some progress. Rainbow is not faring as well as her brothers; still, the emergency team is doing everything they can to try to save her life.

To say that this is an emotionally taxing case is an understatement. The ER team, along with the team of BARCS staff members working on this painful situation, are defeated and heartbroken. 

Our shelter has already invested over $5,000 to save these puppies who, if given proper care from the breeder, wouldn’t be facing this horrible disease in the first place. Had the driver’s vehicle not broken down in Baltimore, these poor puppies would have continued to suffer without medical intervention—and most assuredly would have all passed before the driver reached his destination. 

Noki, Milton and Rainbow must stay at the hospital until they are stable. It is very difficult to say how many more days or even weeks that could be, given how critical their condition still is. At BARCS, we believe that if an animal can be saved and live a pain-free, healthy and happy life, it is our mission to do everything within our means to give that to them.

This case is financially out of our means right now. If you are able to make a donation for the care of Noki, Milton and Rainbow, and in loving memory of Clove and Sky, please give today.

The BARCS Franky Fund 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. 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.

**When you donate to the Franky Fund, 100% of your donation goes towards medical care. Any donations made exceeding the cost of the puppies’ medical bills will help the other medical emergency animals this week who need clinical care. Thank you.

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.

TOYS & ENRICHMENT

  • 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

VETERINARY CARE

  • 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)

KENNEL CARE

  • 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

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)
  • Bully sticks
  • Smooth peanut butter

CLEANING SUPPLIES

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

OFFICE SUPPLIES

  • 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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Partners and Sponsors

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