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.

UPDATE: Earlier this month, Donut was found on the dumping floor of the city trash incinerator in extremely poor condition. He had fallen out of a large dumpster that was transported to the facility that morning and had sustained life-threatening injuries from the events. After being transported to the ER, it was discovered that—prior to his injuries from that morning—Donut was covered in severe bite wounds from head to tail. Additionally, he was weak, and his vitals were dangerously low due to emaciation. His initial prognosis was not good, but after many days in emergency care, he pulled through. 

Donut is now recovering in foster care. He is with one of most experienced fosters who has cared for many Franky Fund cases. He had X-rays last week that his broken leg is healing well, but will still need to be in a splint. In addition, the wounds under Donut’s splint are looking much better. Donut will need an X-ray again in a few weeks, and we will continue to share updates as he progresses. Donut’s foster mom reports that he loves wearing pajamas to help cover his healing wounds and watching Animal Planet is his favorite “be calm” activity.

Donut was rescued thanks to the workers at the facility—and saved thanks to our Franky Fund partners and all of those who donated for his care. Today, he has a fighting chance because of community members like you coming together to save his life.

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


UPDATE: On Monday, Donut was found on the dumping floor of the city trash incinerator in extremely poor condition. He had fallen out of a large dumpster that was transported to the facility that morning and had sustained life-threatening injuries from the events. After being transported to the ER, it was discovered that—prior to his injuries from that morning—Donut was covered in severe bite wounds from head to tail. Additionally, he was weak, and his vitals were dangerously low due to emaciation. His initial prognosis was not good, but after many days in emergency care, he pulled through. Donut was rescued thanks to the workers at the facility—and saved thanks to our Franky Fund partners and all of those who donated for his care. Today, he has a fighting chance because of community members like you coming together to save his life.

As of this morning, Donut is safely resting at BARCS after spending three days under round-the-clock emergency care at our Franky Fund partner clinic. He was released back to our shelter for BARCS’ veterinary medical team to continue close monitoring and to administer ongoing treatment. We are doing daily bandage changes for his injured leg and many wounds and we are implementing a re-feeding plan for his emaciation. The comprehensive feeding plan is being overseen by BARCS’ veterinarians with constant adjustments being made based on calculations of calorie intake and weight gain. His condition is still not entirely stable, but once Donut has regained his strength, he will have orthopedic consults and more X-rays to determine what surgeries will be needed for his right front leg, which has a combination of severe bite wounds and fractures. 

We’d like to extend a tremendous ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated to help support Donut’s emergency and ongoing care. 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 Donut that he is no exception. He is worthy of good health, safety and, most importantly, love.

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

To read Donut’s full story, or if you would like to make a gift to the Franky Fund to help BARCS always be ready to save animals like him, please visit our website: https://barcs.org/urgent-care/


FRANKY FUND EMERGENCY: On Monday morning, Baltimore City Animal Control responded to a call from the city’s trash incinerator facility. A dog had been found on the main dumping floor after a long fall out of a 30-foot roll-off dumpster. Donut, as he has been named, wasn’t initially noticed among the huge piles of trash. It was only when the front-end loader operator saw the dog move that he stopped his machine to rescue him. The operator found that Donut was alive but unable to get up. He quickly pulled Donut out and to safety. It was a very fortunate circumstance for Donut that he was visible on top of the debris at that moment.

When Animal Control arrived, Donut was safely away from the dumping floor, resting on towels, covered in trash and other substances. His body had multiple cuts and puncture wounds, and he was suffering from severe injuries to his front legs.

Donut was rushed to BARCS where our veterinarian team examined him. It was clear that Donut not only went through the terrifying events of the morning and whatever led up to him being in that dumpster but that he had also been lacking care for quite some time.

While Donut physically looked like he was too far gone, he showed us that he still had hope by wagging his tail and trying to move his face close to ours for comfort. Everyone who helped him Monday morning keeps talking about how all Donut wants to do is give kisses. Donut was only at our shelter briefly before being rushed to a partnering Franky Fund clinic ER, where he is currently being treated.

It was discovered at the ER that Donut had injuries both consistent with his fall from the dumpster as well as wounds believed to have happened before Monday morning (mainly bite wounds). His front legs are very hurt and he is unable to walk on his own. Donut remains under emergency care and will likely need surgery for one or both of his legs.

Our Franky Fund supports the medical bills of animals critically injured or victims of extreme abuse and neglect. We are desperately in need of donations to this fund in order to give Donut a fighting chance.

We don’t know what events led up to Donut being found on the incinerator plant floor yesterday. Could someone have purposely have thrown him away in those dumpsters? Or did he wander or fall in there on his own? Whatever the circumstance, sweet Donut is now safe—and very lucky to be alive.
 
Can you help Donut? Please consider making a donation to the Franky Fund today. This fund relies completely on private donations from our supporters. When you give to the Franky Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to animals with extraordinary medical needs like Donut.
 
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***

We are happy to share that Misty found her forever home! Thank you to everyone who has donated to her ongoing care.

 


Last week, Baltimore City Police received a call about a stray dog who was bleeding and running at large. When they arrived on the scene, they found Misty suffering and covered in 11 fresh stab wounds that were done deliberately to her neck, her back and along her tail. These wounds appear to have been inflicted with a large, knife-like object.

 

If Misty had a few more days on her own, she might not be here. But thanks to a concerned citizen’s phone call, she’s being given another chance. 

 

Misty is now doing well after her surgeries. Misty’s back end, neck and tail are held together right now by dozens of staples, but she is in remarkably good spirits. We are not sure at this time if she will make a full recovery, but we do expect she will have a good quality of life. We remain hopeful and are seeing that she gets the most high quality care.

 

Even as a victim of extreme abuse, Misty was quick to trust the good people around her. She is soulful and loving, quick to trust and eager to please—an absolute sweetheart who wants nothing more than gentle pets and to give lots of kisses.

 

Animals depend on us to care for them—to love them—especially in their most vulnerable moments. The best way to find justice for Misty is to talk to the young people in your life about being respectful and kind to animals. By stepping up and being a voice for the defenseless, we can truly enact change for animals in need in our community and beyond. We can be their advocates when they need us most.

 

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated to help support Misty’s emergency and ongoing care. We are continuously seeking donations to BARCS’ Franky Fund, so we will be able to help more neglected, injured and sick animals in need of specialized and emergency treatment.

 

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

 


We urgently need your help to save Misty. On Thursday, Baltimore City Police received a call about a stray dog who was bleeding and running at large. When they arrived on the scene, they found Misty suffering and covered in fresh stab wounds. She was taken to the police station and Animal Control responded with an emergency transport to one of BARCS’ partner ER hospitals.

Misty has 11 stab wounds that were done deliberately to her neck, her back and along her tail. These wounds appear to have been inflicted with a large, knife-like object. The hospital has been working hard to save her life and repair her wounds. X-rays were taken of the stab sites, and luckily none were deep enough to penetrate her airway or vital organs. Her greatest risk moving forward is infection and potential loss of her tail.

 

And that fragmented tail? Well, of course this sweet girl still wants to wag it. The hospital reports that Misty is soulful and loving, quick to trust and eager to please. Why anyone would ever inflict such violence on an animal is unimaginable. She probably thought that this person—like everyone else—wanted to give her pets and kisses. But instead, they took advantage of Misty’s kind nature and betrayed her.

 

How she’s found instant forgiveness for humans is an unconditional trait that unique to animals. And in moments like this, it feels like we just don’t deserve them.

 

BARCS is seeking donations for Misty 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.

 

We know that it is difficult to read about injured and abused animals, especially victims of extreme violence. It's hard for us too—we never get “used to” the things we see each day at BARCS. We thank each and every one of you who support our shelter so that we can save animals like Misty. Even if you are not able to give at this time, you can help our community by sharing this story with your network to help us find her abuser 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 animal violence and build a more humane Baltimore.

 

Because we have to—we have to do better for dogs like Misty.

 

*There is an open investigation for this case. It is important that if you have any information about who stabbed Misty 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

 

Florie had been living a nightmare. When she came to us, she was severely emaciated and had a rubber band wrapped so tightly around her muzzle that it had severed in several places. We couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to restrict a dog from their natural behaviors of eating or communicating. Our hearts broke at the sight of this poor girl who, despite everything, wanted nothing more than to be loved.

 

Now, we are excited to share that, after a few months of recovery, Florie has gone to her forever home! Her new mom tells us, “Florie is a dream and is fitting in well with us. She is gaining weight and her doggie personality is emerging. She is so sweet and listens well. Our senior dog, who is toothless, nearly blind and deaf, is beginning to mimic some of Florie’s behaviors, including playing ball, something he hasn’t done in years! We ran into a neighbor who met Florie the first weekend she was with us, and she just asked if we had gotten another rescue—she literally did not recognize the transformed Florie as the same dog!”

 

Florie’s recovery was made possible thanks to your generous donations to the Franky Fund, a medical fund provides outside emergency and specialized medical care to homeless animals in need. In 2018, BARCS treated more than 900 animals through the Franky Fund.

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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.

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.

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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