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Friends of Berkeley Animal Care Services (FoBACS) raises much-needed funds to support Berkeley’s municipal animal shelter, Berkeley Animal Care Services.

Formed in 2012 by a dedicated team of volunteers, Friends of BACS secures financial support to help the shelter provide humane, ethical, and compassionate treatment of Berkeley’s homeless animals through educational and enrichment programs, adoptions, medical care, equipment, training and other necessities.

Completely volunteer-run, Friends of BACS has no paid officers or staff. All contributions directly support the animal welfare programs and services of the animal shelter.


members of the board


Jenny Maxwell, Co-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, Co-President

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.






Kim Floresca

Wanna know the kinds of dogs Kim Floresca likes best? All of ’em. Bigs, littles, shy guys, or social butterflies, Kim finds true joy in connecting with each one. A proponent of plant-based living, she is drawn to animals of every stripe. When she’s not feeding people in her day job as a chef — or feeding souls as a shelter volunteer — Kim enjoys hanging out with her hedgehog Bean, rescue dog Kaya, and beloved human Daniel.






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.