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.

Little Bubs was born into this world only to be confined, starved and forgotten. At just a year old, he weighs only 9 pounds, is terribly emaciated and came in covered in his own urine. Bubs was brought to BARCS after he was rescued by a good Samaritan who knew he was being neglected in his former home.

When he arrived at our shelter, his condition was so severe that we sent him immediately to the ER at one of our Franky Fund partner clinics. At the ER was when Bubs first wagged his tail, but he was too weak to raise his head or stand. His body temperature was too low to register, his heartbeats were dropping, it took nearly 12 hours of heated blankets and round-the-clock care to bring up his body temperature. Once stable, Bubs came back to BARCS, where one of our staff members has agreed to be his foster and follow his strict and frequent feeding regimen.

We think Bubs is an American Bulldog mix, but his growth was stunted from malnutrition from such a young age. He also has abnormalities in his front legs, where they haven’t grown strong and sturdy. This, among other reasons, is why we believe he was confined in a space where he couldn’t or didn’t need to stand.

When we see cases like this, our hearts sink, thinking of how hard it must be for animals like Bubs, who can’t call for help. Bubs was born into a life without love, waking up each day hungry…waking up each day in hell. Thankfully, he was found before he died from neglect—found before he lost the chance to be someone’s baby.

With your help, we can turn things around for Bubs, so that he may go on to be a happy, healthy boy—maybe even catch up on some of these lost months where he missed the joy of being a pudgy, roly-poly puppy.

Thank you, as always, for your support and readiness to save Baltimore’s forgotten animals.

Please be sure to designate your gift to Bubs by choosing his name in the form below.

Poppy has burns on nearly 80% of her little body. She was found on the front porch of a senior citizen’s home in south-east Baltimore. The concerned woman contacted Baltimore City Animal Control who responded to call and brought Poppy here to BARCS.

Poppy has large burned areas on her head, her back, her chest and her ears. Her tail is also broken in multiple places.

Poppy is just a baby. She is only eight-weeks-old, only just old enough to be away from her mother. Her burns are of unknown origin but are likely chemical or thermal.

We have no idea how this happened to Poppy, and it’s likely that we will never know, but we are committed to doing everything we can to save her life. Right now, she’s been getting the care she needs with the BARCS medical team and with an experienced foster (also a BARCS staff member). Poppy will also need offsite medical care to give her the best chance at survival. And that's where you come in.

We are seeking donations to our Franky Fund for Poppy. The Franky Fund pays for our offsite/emergency bills for animals with extraordinary medical needs. Any amount you are able to give will help us give her the medical care she needs.

At this time, Poppy’s chance of survival is considered guarded, because of just how far spread the burns are. She has lost most of her ears and nearly all of the skin and fur on her back. As the course of Poppy’s injuries progress, she will look worse, but these are all expected changes in the course of severe burns.

We are hopeful and rooting for little Poppy.

Please help us with Poppy’s medical expenses by making a donation for her to the BARCS Franky Fund.

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

Please be sure to designate your gift to Poppy by choosing her name in the form below.

Oreo has a broken heart. Not because she was abandoned at our shelter thin and covered in fleas, not because when she arrived she was terrified and shook in her kennel, and not because she is a shy girl and was surrounded by strangers. Yes, all these things are emotionally painful for a dog—enough to cause "heartache"—but little Oreo's heart is actually broken. Literally.

And if she doesn't get the heart surgery she needs, she will die within a year from congestive heart failure.

Oreo has what's called patent ductus arteriosus, which is a condition that she's had since birth. Before a baby is born—or puppy in this case—the fetus' blood does not need to go to the lungs to get oxygenated. And so, the ductus arteriosus is a fetal hole that allows blood to skip the lungs. However, when a baby is born that hole needs to close—Oreo's did not. She has a hole in her heart and needs surgery immediately to live.

Through our Franky Fund partnerships, we have found the best veterinary heart surgeon for Oreo. But even with steep discounts, it's going to be very expensive. We need to raise $4,000 to save her life.

This surgery is very, very expensive for BARCS, but we are committed to caring for Oreo—and all of our animals—like they are our own pets. Oreo is just three years old and will have many happy years ahead of her, but only if we can give them to her with this surgery.

This year we have saved more than 700 animals through the Franky Fund, which is a record for our shelter. Such commitment to life has been extraordinarily expensive and a strain on our budget, but it's what we do to save more and do better each year. Please donate and help us turn Oreo's baby heart into a big girl heart, so that she can leave her worries here at the shelter and find a forever home. Every bit adds up and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you, from the bottom of OUR hearts...and Oreo's.

Please be sure to designate your gift to Oreo by choosing her name in the form below.

Donate now and give the gift of health and life.

Critical Medical Funds

Critical Medical Care 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. More information HERE.

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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! A $50 gift can go towards spaying or neutering a pet. 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 like Kaylee (pictured). And, you will not only save that animal’s life but also the next animal that comes to BARCS in need of care.

Every life we save begins with you.

(P.S. From now until the end of the year, all Gift of Life donations are being matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, thanks to Janice Silvers and Paul Bekman. This opportunity will save twice as many animals this holiday season!)

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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. (www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org)”

Planned Gifts

You can support BARCS with a planned gift and 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.

BARCS Custom License Plate

Show your support for BARCS by purchasing a custom BARCS license plate. They are $75 each and $50 from each plate goes 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 card (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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