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.

**Currently in the ER** Melba's story begins two weeks ago when the Baltimore City Fire Department responded to a house fire in the Brooklyn neighborhood of southernmost Baltimore City. The owner of the home had already died and of the three dogs, only Melba was found alive. 

The firefighters gave her oxygen while they waited for Baltimore City Animal Control to arrive. Once officers arrived, Melba was brought immediately to BARCS for medical treatment. Her feet were burned, she was covered in soot, and she was coughing. While her initial symptoms appeared minor, Melba was transported to 24-hour emergency care, though our Franky Fund network, where she received treatment for smoke inhalation and other conditions.

We believed she was on the upswing, so Melba was placed in foster care with medications. But unfortunately, it was only a short time before things took a turn for the worse. Melba's cough worsened and she started having trouble breathing. The complications from smoke inhalation have turned into pneumonia, and she is currently back in the ER.

Last night we almost lost Melba, but she pulled through and is currently in critical condition.

Please consider a donation to the Franky Fund for Melba's emergency care. She's already lost everything, and we are fighting not to lose her too.

If you are unable to donate at this time, please keep Melba and Melba's foster mom in your good thoughts. Melba's foster mom, Randi, has been through a lot these past two weeks with multiple trips to the ER, medical appointments and giving this baby her whole heart and soul. Both of these special girls need a miracle.

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.

Update: Thanks to donations to the BARCS Franky Fund Tuffy was able to receive a series of three surgeries on his legs that allowed him the second chance at life that he deserved. You can read his story of neglect, abuse, and recovery below. It's because of supporters like you that we are able to care for animals, like Tuffy, with extraordinary medical needs and make Happily Ever Afters come true. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about Tuffy's journey.

If the beginning of May is any indication of the summer BARCS is going to have, then we are going to REALLY need the help of our community to help us save lives. We had yet another baby come in this morning suffering and in need of medical care. Tuffy was saved thanks to a brave neighbor who rescued him. The previous tenants had moved out of the property some time ago, and left Tuffy. The neighbor was aware the family had left, but only knew of Tuffy’s existence recently when Tuffy found his voice and began screaming for help.

When the rescuers got inside, they discovered Tuffy and knew immediately that something wasn’t right. They brought him right to BARCS.

Our staff veterinarian examined him today and said she’s never seen such severe elbow deformities. His body looks like it’s always in a play bow. We believe that his deformities are likely congenital, but we are sending Tuffy to one of our specialist Franky Fund partner clinics to get more answers.

We can’t imagine the kind of person that could pack up, move and leave their dog behind. But we really can’t imagine who could do such a thing to a dog with special needs. As he grew, and they learned Tuffy was deformed, did they decide he was just a throwaway dog?

Our hearts are completely shattered at the thought that anyone could think this happy, wiggly baby is anything but perfect. Tuffy needs to be protected, cherished and loved…that is exactly what he is going to get at BARCS.

Orthopedic medical needs are very expensive, even with the discounts our shelter receives. We know we just asked for your help with Ruby, the puppy with parvovirus, but we now need to raise money for both of these gentle souls. Can you help us?

Our Franky Fund is a restricted fund that saves the lives of animals with extraordinary medical needs. We rely completely on additional private donations for this fund, separate from our shelter operating budget. When you give to the Franky Fund 100% of your donation goes directly to dogs like Tuffy and Ruby.

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!)

Leaders of the Pack


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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