From Hope to Home

Rambo and Rocco's Challenge—a $50,000 community donation match to help BARCS move into our new shelter home!

In order to provide BARCS with the necessary capital to relocate to our new shelter home, we are pleased to announce Rambo and Rocco’s Challenge—a $50,000 community donation match provided by Joe De Francis, Karin De Francis and Rick Bernthal. From now through November 24th, this generous group will match every dollar donated to BARCS’ From Hope to Home relocation campaign.

Your gift will make double the impact to ensure that our new shelter is a beacon of hope for Baltimore’s homeless animals, providing them with the care and second chances they deserve. Please take this opportunity to make your gift and be a hero to the voiceless in this critical time. Our new beginning will mean thousands of happy endings to come.

This matching gift challenge is in loving memory of Rambo Van Dyke (left) and Rocco Bernthal (right), two incredible dogs who deeply touched the lives of their families. May their legacy continue to help animals in need for years to come through supporting BARCS’ mission. Thank you to the De Francis, Van Dyke and Bernthal families for this tremendous and generous community challenge match.



BARCS Shelter Relocation Project

BARCS has made great strides over the last decade increasing the live-release rate from 2% (in 2004 prior to BARCS) to more than 90% in 2018. The expansion of programs and staffing to support the increase in saving lives has left our current facility inefficient, run down and too small. This new building will provide BARCS with a much-needed upgrade for our deserving animals as well as our dedicated volunteers and hardworking staff members.

BARCS is scheduled to relocate to a new facility located at 2490 Giles Road in the Cherry Hill community in southern Baltimore City. Our big move is set to take place in early 2020 upon completion of construction.

As a nonprofit organization, BARCS depends on the support of our community through private donations, volunteerism and fostering. While we are fortunate that Baltimore City is providing the funding to cover the structure of the new building, we still need the financial help of the community to outfit the building to fit our programs and animal care needs.


Donate to the Campaign

Download the From Hope to Home campaign booklet (PDF)

Official Press Release


Lifesaving Projects

BARCS' shelter relocation fundraising campaign titled From Hope to Home has a goal of raising $500,000, in addition to our annual operating budget, by the conclusion of 2019 in order to support the projects and programs listed below:


Our Next Chapter Begins With You

We're very excited for this next chapter in our story! This new building will provide us with a much-needed upgrade for our deserving animals, dedicated volunteers and hardworking staff members. Your generous donation will make all the difference as we continue to improve the state of animal welfare in Baltimore City, work with pet owners in crisis to find the best possible outcomes, and care for 12,000 homeless, abused and neglected animals. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of animals in need in Baltimore.


 Naming Opportunities

Contact us at to claim a naming opportunity at our new facility for yourself, a beloved pet or a person you wish to honor. *Naming opportunities detailed on page 18 of the From Hope to Home campaign booklet (PDF)

 Gifts of Cash

The easiest and most direct way of supporting BARCS’ relocation project is a gift of cash. 

 Schedule a Recurring Monthly Donation

Recognizing that many caring people may not have the capacity to make a sizable gift at any one time, BARCS suggests the alternative of making a smaller gift on a monthly basis. 

 Gifts of Stock

Avoid capital gains through a gift of highly appreciated stock while taking a full value deduction on your tax returns.

 Matching Gifts

Many corporate employers will match their employees’ gift to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. If your company has such a program, please request their matching gift form and send the completed form to us. We will take care of the rest.



**Now through November 24th all donations will be matched by Rambo and Rocco’s Challenge—a $50,000 community donation match provided by Joe De Francis, Karin De Francis and Rick Bernthal. Gifts by check can be made out to BARCS and mailed to 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230.**  By making a donation to BARCS’ From Hope to Home campaign, you will help thousands of homeless animals each year get a second chance at life and happiness. On this donation form, you can choose to make a one-time gift or support the projects of the campaign monthly as a Constant Companion, our recurring donations program.