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 night, Baltimore City Animal Control officers responded to a call about a little dog that had been abandoned on a front stoop. When officers arrived, they found Florie walking slowly up the street, dragging her pink leash behind her. The officer could see right away that something was terribly wrong with Florie. Her muzzle was infected, and she couldn't open her mouth. A resident in the neighborhood told the officer that poor Florie was abandoned the night before after being tied to a nearby gate.
Florie was taken immediately to one of BARCS' partnering emergency clinics, where it was discovered that she had a rubber band wrapped twice, very tightly, around her mouth. The band was embedded so far into her skin that it had completely severed parts of her muzzle. Based on the severity of her wounds and how emaciated she was, the clinic determined that Florie has been living this nightmare for a long time. 
Florie has suffered cruelty and abandonment at the hands of the people she trusted to take care of her and love her unconditionally. Why anyone would want to restrict a dog from their natural behaviors of communicating or eating is unimaginable to us. 
We have vowed to Florie that we will make this better. We are working closely with our Franky Fund partner clinics on a treatment plan to save her life. At this time, we are expecting multiple surgeries and intensive care. It is also a possibility that Florie could lose her muzzle in the future.
BARCS is seeking donations to our Franky Fund to help us save Florie. If you can help, please donate below. 
Florie has seen the worst of humanity, but all of us at BARCS, along with our friends at Animal Control--who have an open investigation on this case--are determined to show her the best. 
Sweet Florie, you deserve the world and more, and we promise you nothing short of that for the rest of your days. There are humans who will treat you as family, and keep your needs close to their heart. Once you are fully healed, we are going to find them for you. Thank you for trusting us in what will be a long journey.

Lenna is fighting for her life after being shot in the face during a home invasion on 12/11/2018 evening in Baltimore City.

The Baltimore City Police Department called Animal Control to the scene of the invasion, where they found a brown and white dog lying still in her crate. She was alive but in a large pool of her own blood. Police reports stated that Lenna was secure in her crate during the incident, minding her own business when she was shot by invaders.

All animals picked up by Baltimore City Animal Control are cared for by BARCS though our long-standing partnership. Due to the severity of the situation, Animal Control immediately rushed Lenna to one of BARCS' partnering emergency veterinary clinics.

At first, the ER had difficulty finding the origin of the wound because Lenna was bleeding so badly. Once they stabilized her, X-rays revealed that Lenna was shot in the mouth. The bullet went in her lip, shattered two teeth, damaged her tongue, then went through her throat and tonsils and was lodged next to her vertebrae.

Lenna had emergency surgery to remove the bullet, but her condition is still considered guarded due to the severity of her injuries. The name Lenna means "Heart of a Lion," and we thought that name was fitting for such a brave and strong girl.

BARCS is seeking donations for Lenna 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.

This past year, we've had nearly 1,000 Franky Fund recipient animals. Each unique in the care they needed to go on to live happy, healthy lives. We are only able to save these animals because of your donations. (Donations exceeding the cost of Lenna's medical bills will help other animals currently under the care of the Franky Fund.)

We know that it is difficult to read about injured and abused animals, especially those victims of extreme violence involving guns. 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 Lenna. Even if you are not able to give at this FRANKY 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. Because we have to—we have do better for dogs like Lenna.

**There is an open investigation for this case. It is important that if you have any information about this incident, that you please call the Baltimore City 311 hotline to file a report with the BCPD and Baltimore City Animal Control. The hotline is 24/7. You are able to remain anonymous.**

Update: After an extended stay in the ER and nearly three months of intensive care in a foster home, Henrietta received a second chance at life thanks to donations to the BARCS Franky Fund. You can read her story of neglect, abuse, and recovery below. It's because of supporters like you that we are able to care for animals, like Henrietta, with extraordinary medical needs and make Happily Ever Afters come true. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about Henrietta's journey.

On Wednesday, a landlord in the Kenilworth Park neighborhood found a chilling scene when he went to check on his rental property. The property was filled with mounds of trash and filth and the tenant was nowhere to be found. Amongst the piles of debris, he heard the sound of a whimpering animal, but couldn't locate it. He called 311 for help, cautious of what he might find. When Baltimore City Animal Control arrived, they helped dig through the mounds of debris and refuse, following the sounds of the cries.

Underneath a panel, they found Henrietta and just a bowl of water, thrown away just like the trash piled on top of her. Skin, bones and too weak to walk, she was scooped up and brought straight to BARCS. She looked like she was too far gone but then showed us that she still had hope, by wagging her tail when BARCS Veterinary Technician Arick S. cupped her face in his hands.

She was only at our shelter briefly before being rushed to a partnering Franky Fund clinic ER, where she is currently fighting for her life.

Our Franky Fund, that supports the medical bills of animals critically injured or victims of extreme abuse and neglect, is currently negative. We desperately need funding in order to give Henrietta a fighting chance.

Henrietta is less than a year old. She weighs just 12 pounds, but for her size should be between 30 - 40. She has already endured a great amount of abuse and neglect, but we are going to fight for her so that she can live the happy and healthy life she should have had all along. There is simply no reason or explanation to justify what happened to her. If ever a pet owner cannot care for their animal, BARCS and agencies like Animal Control are here to help. 

Please consider making a donation to the Franky Fund today to help Henrietta. This fund relies completely on private donations from our supporters and is separate from our shelter operating budget. When you give to the Franky Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to dogs like Henrietta. 

Additionally, if you have any information on this case, Baltimore City Animal Control is asking you to please call the Animal Abuse Unit at 443-681-0101.

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 301 Stockholm Street Baltimore, MD 21230. 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), 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

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), 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. 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, 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. 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 mmccomas@barcsanimalshelter.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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