BARCS needs your help to replenish its emergency medical fund – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter is seeking donations from the public for its near-depleted Franky Fund, which funds emergency care for more than 800 animals that need treatment each year.

In the past 30 days, the fund ran out as 72 animals required emergency medical attention, BARCS said. That need grew even greater recently when the shelter welcomed a dog who was hit by a car in Gwynn Oak over Thanksgiving weekend.

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The ordeal left the dog, affectionately known as the Butter Bee, with a broken jaw. At first, she was in such poor condition that rescuers were unsure if her condition would improve. But after a few days, her outlook improved and she underwent surgery on Thursday.

Since then, the shelter has been able to find the owner of the dog. It turns out that Butter Bee, real name Lydia, went missing from her family’s home two years ago. Lydia’s owner Virginia took in the dog after her son, Johnathan, passed away in 2018.

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But Lydia’s family can’t afford to foot the bill for her reconstructive surgery. And even with a reduction on their medical bills, BARCS needs help covering the costs of their procedure. This is why the refuge is asking the public for donations to replenish the Franky Fund.

“This family has seen so much heartache and tragedy before, and we will not let the high cost of rescuing Lydia stop them from getting home in time for the holidays to be reunited with Virginia and her youngest son,” BARCS mentioned.

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Your donations would not only help reunite Lydia with her family after two years apart, they would also help the hundreds of other pets that BARCS takes care of each year. To learn more or to donate, visit the BARCS website.

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