Bay Area Recovery Canines (BARC) is a volunteer canine search and recovery organization dedicated to providing agencies with with highly trained canines and handlers to assist in the recovery of missing persons.


Donate - Help Us, Help Families

BARC is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization which receives tax-deductible donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations to support fielding qualified dogs and handlers for search & rescue or recovery missions.

BARC members have responded to hundreds of searches for local missing persons and disasters as well as national recovery missions such as the Pentagon after the 9-11 attacks, the Space Shuttle Columbia and hurricane Katrina.  Requesting agencies are not charged for our services.  As leading specialists in human remains detection, we also provide monthly open training opportunities as well as formal class instruction to other search & rescue teams, all at no cost to the other teams.  These sessions are attended by members from other SAR units to help educate and train their members, as well as provide them with advanced problems or skill level assessments. 

We need your help...

All training and responses are done at the expense of the handlers.  Handlers dedicate approximately 20 hours or more a week to training themselves and their canines for SAR and often use their vacation time off work for SAR activities.  Most gear and equipment is privately owned by the handlers.  They use their personal vehicles to travel to trainings, seminars, demos, and search missions - most are more than two hours away.  The biggest personal expense is the care of their canines.

However to help defer costs in support of our mission, donated funds are used for team equipment & supplies such as radios, GPS units, boat equipment, as well help to defray costs associated with outside seminars and certification tests. 

There are many ways to donate: check donations sent to BARC, or through programs such as and AmEx, or by shopping online using either GoodSearch/GoodShop or iGiveOr donate your car through Cars4Charities.

Please help us continue to respond when needed by donating.  We need your support.  Thank you!

To make a tax-deductible contribution, please send your check payable to "BARC" to:
Bay Area Recovery Canines, 2675 Claibourne Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403.

 or donate online using

or donate online using American Express' GivingExpress Program 

With the GivingExpress® program from American Express, giving has never been so easy or rewarding Give to your favorite charity by donating with your American Express Card. Donations can be made in dollars or Membership Rewards® points. Your dollar donation is tax deductible and you will receive an e-mail receipt that meets IRS requirements as a record of your contribution. The site also enables you to set up recurring donations to your favorite charity. Plus, you can earn Membership Rewards points for donations made on an eligible, enrolled Card.

There are two ways to shop online buying products at your favorite stores that can help support BARC’s mission through a percentage of the amount you spend being donated back from the stores through
iGive and


Please support us by shopping through iGive!

By shopping at your regular online stores you can support BARC and receive a tax deduction.  Each store contributes a percentage of your spending as a donation to BARC every time you shop via iGive, and it costs you nothing!  Hundreds of your favorite retailers participate such as 1-800-Flowers, JC Penny, Nordstrom, Cabela's, Bass Pro Shop, Best Buy, Drs. Fosters & Smith, PetsMart, eBay,, LL Bean, Orvis, Sears, SitStay, Zappos, Staples, Lands End,, etc.

Donate your car - through

Benefits of using Cars4Charities car donation center are:

  1. - Allows the donor to complete the entire car donation process, (except for mailing the title), over the Internet.

  2. - They offer free nationwide pick-up for your car donation.

  3. - Their high volume and expertise allows them to keep administrative costs low.

  4. - BARC will receive the maximum benefit from your car donation.

  5. - They guarantee that the entire net proceeds from the sale of your car donation will go to BARC (select BARC from the list of Maryland charities or Annapolis, MD charities list).