Ravens' Ronnie Stanley to match donations to BARCS fund for sick pets

After gaining viral attention last year for adopting an overlooked rescue dog from the shelter, Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley is returning to BARCS with another goal in mind.

Stanley will be matching donations to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter’s Franky Fund, which assists animals with outstanding medical needs. Stanley, who last June visited the shelter looking to take home a “not-so-adoptable” dog, will match total donations up to $5,000 through Sunday,

The Franky Fund is named for a puppy that was the first to receive care via the fund. Most recently, the Franky Fund has assisted Star, a dog that underwent surgery to remove a leg tumor this week. The shelter has exhausted the fund this year, according to a Facebook post, but continues to accepted more injured animals that need care.

Stanley has adopted two dogs from BARCS, Lola in June 2016 and Rico in May 2017, and has modeled in the shelter’s Pawject Runway fundraising event. Lola’s adoption story, in particular, gained attention, after Stanley came to BARCS looking for a dog that had been at the shelter for a while and was “maybe not-so-adoptable.” Stanley and his girlfriend ended up taking home the 6-year-old retriever-terrier mix who had a “long, hanging belly” — likely the result of overbreeding, BARCS said.

Donations to the Franky Fund can be made online, by mail or in person.

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