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Friends of Berkeley Animal Care Services (FoBACS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS), the municipal open-admission animal shelter that serves the communities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Piedmont, CA.

Our mission is to maximize the quality of life for the animals in BACS’s care by supporting humane education and shelter enrichment programs, medical care, adoptions, training, special projects, and other necessities.

Friends of BACS is completely volunteer-run, so 100% of your donations support the animals of BACS.

members of the board


Jenny Maxwell, President

Jenny Maxwell has walked dogs at BACS all the way back to the 2nd street location. Her favorite dog breeds are Couch Potato and Sensational Senior, and you should not read anything into these preferences. The best part of Jenny’s week is her Friday shift for the R.A.V.E. enrichment team, passing out Kongs and snuggling with the dogs along the way. When she’s not spending quality time with the canines, you’re most likely to find her at the Oakland Coliseum cheering on her beloved A’s. As you can see, her commitment underdogs comes in many forms!






Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith is a long-time BACS volunteer and full-time writer for Best Friends Animal Society. She tends to be smitten with big, blocky-headed dogs and is passionate about the shelter’s commitment to providing daily enrichment to each animal. Leslie has no plans to open her own restaurant, but if she did, she would call the place No Mushrooms. And that’s what she would serve.







Stefanie Kraus, Secretary

A designer for a living, and an animal advocate at heart, Stefanie Kraus has been involved with shelters and rescue organizations for over ten years. While she loves all animals, she admits to be obsessed with felines, and regularly volunteers as a cat socializer at BACS. In addition, Stefanie is a board member at Cat Town Oakland, and does pro bono work for a number of animal sanctuaries across the US.






Lynn Deregowski, Treasurer

A lifelong animal lover with an unfortunate allergy to cats, Lynn Deregowski has been volunteering with dogs for over two decades. She has spent time with SF SPCA, Canine Companions for Independence, Paws to Read, and of course BACS, where she has been a long-time dog walker. When she’s not hanging out with the shy animals, her favorite, you can find her looking longingly into the cat area hoping for the day a pill will be invented so she can spend time with the fabulous felines without her eyes exploding.






Dave Groves

Dave Groves

Dave Groves started his animal sheltering work in 2003 while living in DC when he began volunteering at the Washington Animal Rescue League. After moving to Montreal (where he worked at the Montreal SPCA) and San Francisco (volunteering at SF Animal Care and Control), Dave moved across the Bay a few years ago and has been volunteering with BACS ever since. When not hanging with shelter animals, Dave tries to spend as much time as he can in the Sierras, Trinity Alps, or any other place with more animals than people.






Anna Franklin

Anna Franklin

Anna is a self-proclaimed crazy(ish) cat lady who also has a soft spot for tubby pit bulls, horses, and snakes. In addition to volunteering at BACS, Anna works for Paw Fund, helping to provide free veterinary care and spay/neuter services for low-income folks in the East Bay. She sincerely hopes that her landlady will let her have a dog someday.