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Now, with a click of your mouse you can support BARCS and help the animals of Baltimore City find new homes.


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The BARCS Medical Care Fund provides ongoing in-house medical care for all of our shelter animals, including antibiotics, vaccinations, testing, and spay and neuter surgery. The Medical Care Fund covers routine medical care for all 12,000 animals that come to BARCS annually.  BARCS houses almost 250 cats and dogs in the shelter at any given time, plus hundreds more in foster care. The majority of the animals BARCS takes in are not altered, have no proof of a vaccine history, and are often ill due to being neglected or abandoned. All BARCS animals are vaccinated, provided with flea treatment and dewormer and are tested for various diseases as needed upon arrival, plus BARCS spays and neuters all of its animals in the shelter’s surgical suite prior to adoption, resulting in nearly 3,500 surgeries annually.

Donating to the BARCS Medical Care Fund makes an extraordinary impact on our work and makes a compassionate difference for our animals by assuring them of medical care. Medical care for the animals is the largest part of our budget and where funding for our shelter is always most critically needed.



Nancy Cohen and Michael Schaffer from Eddie’s of Roland Park generously provided the seed funding to launch the BARCS Medical Care Fund. “The BARCS Medical Care Fund is critical to the health and welfare of the thousands of animals that come to BARCS each year,” says Cohen. “Many of these animals have been abandoned or abused and often they are sick or covered in fleas. This new fund allows BARCS to keep Baltimore’s cats and dogs healthy while in the shelter and until they find their new forever homes.”

Click here to donate to the Medical Care Fund. Please fill in the words: “Medical Care Fund” under the Tribute Name so we can be sure to properly designate your gift.


Each year, BARCS receives hundreds of animals that are seriously sick or injured and in need of immediate emergency medical attention. Unfortunately, BARCS alone does not have the funding or resources for expensive, specialized treatment of these homeless pets. The animals needing critical assessment and immediate lifesaving treatment are sent to veterinary hospitals that have partnered with BARCS to evaluate and treat them at a lower cost to BARCS.  Without donations to support their lifesaving care, sadly many of these animals cannot be saved – dogs and cats that would otherwise be wonderful pets.

The Franky Fund was created to provide the emergency medical care necessary to treat these unfortunate sick and injured homeless animals. With your help, we can give innocent pets a second chance at life.

The Franky Fund is a vital resource at BARCS, but we depend on donations from the public to continue to help these needy animals. If you would like to donate to the Fund – to help the next Franky Fund candidate –Click here to donate to the Franky Fund. Please fill in the words: “Franky Fund” under the Tribute Name so we can be sure to properly designate your gift.

Most of all, we depend on the veterinarian community in Baltimore, which volunteers its time and provides low cost surgeries to make it possible for these homeless animals to have a new start at life. BARCS would like to give a special Thank You to the veterinarians who go above and beyond the call of duty to help BARCS save these amazing animals:

Academy Animal Hospital

Anne Arundel Veterinary Hospital 

Belvedere Veterinary Center

Boston Street Animal Hospital

Catonsville Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists

Doc-Side Veterinary Medical Center

Eastern Animal Hospital

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center

Everhart Veterinary Hospital

Erdman Animal Hospital

Frederick Road Veterinary Hospital

Hillendale Animal Hospital

Main Street Veterinary Hospital

Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services

Mount Carmel Animal Hospital


Swan Harbor Animal Hospital

Veterinary Orthopedic Sports and Medicine Group

Johns Hopkins University Pathology Department

Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake