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June 16, 2021 -- BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be closed to the public for all se...
06/17/2021

June 16, 2021 -- BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be closed to the public for all services Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20, to address an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness in the shelter. BARC animal control and bite case investigations will continue, and during the closure, BARC will take in sick, injured or fading animals. BARC’s foster clinic will remain open, but services will be limited to drive-through only. BARC will reach out to partners and customers to reschedule existing appointments and events for all other services.

BARC recently impounded 20 dogs that had been exposed and possibly infected with distemper -- an ever-present yet treatable concern in communities with large populations of stray animals. Distemper affects certain mammals, excluding humans and cats. BARC has isolated the dogs that have been exposed and is waiting on test results to determine if additional precautions need to be taken.

“Out of concern for the hundreds of healthy animals who come to BARC each week, as well as BARC’s spay and neuter and wellness clinic customers, BARC has decided to take immediate, preemptive measures to isolate the issue,” said Greg Damianoff, Assistant Director for BARC. “Temporarily closing the shelter will allow BARC to focus our resources on treating sick animals and prevent further spread within the shelter population.”

During the four-day closure, BARC will:
-Identify, isolate, and treat infected animals
-Carefully monitor healthy but exposed animals for future symptoms
-Ensure that no animals are placed into the community until they are without symptoms or past the incubation period
-Conduct a deep cleaning of the shelter to reduce further contamination

BARC is committed to the highest standards of veterinary practices and has established an infectious disease protocol in conjunction with Dr. Cynda Crawford, Chair of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Distemper symptoms may include thick nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing and, in severe cases, may affect the neurological system, causing seizures, tremors, and death. Individuals who have adopted dogs from BARC that show potential symptoms are encouraged to contact the shelter for free medical treatment. BARC will also refund adoptions fees and accept returned animals from those who are unable or unwilling to care for potentially sick animals.

https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2021/barc-closed-weekend-june-17.html?fbclid=IwAR16Npusr2k1F-65vet0C0lVX7yUo0an20Mc6OlOP5uXQnU2SKl734uRWUY

June 16, 2021 -- BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be closed to the public for all services Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20, to address an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness in the shelter. BARC animal control and bite case investigations will continue, and during the closure, BARC will take in sick, injured or fading animals. BARC’s foster clinic will remain open, but services will be limited to drive-through only. BARC will reach out to partners and customers to reschedule existing appointments and events for all other services.

BARC recently impounded 20 dogs that had been exposed and possibly infected with distemper -- an ever-present yet treatable concern in communities with large populations of stray animals. Distemper affects certain mammals, excluding humans and cats. BARC has isolated the dogs that have been exposed and is waiting on test results to determine if additional precautions need to be taken.

“Out of concern for the hundreds of healthy animals who come to BARC each week, as well as BARC’s spay and neuter and wellness clinic customers, BARC has decided to take immediate, preemptive measures to isolate the issue,” said Greg Damianoff, Assistant Director for BARC. “Temporarily closing the shelter will allow BARC to focus our resources on treating sick animals and prevent further spread within the shelter population.”

During the four-day closure, BARC will:
-Identify, isolate, and treat infected animals
-Carefully monitor healthy but exposed animals for future symptoms
-Ensure that no animals are placed into the community until they are without symptoms or past the incubation period
-Conduct a deep cleaning of the shelter to reduce further contamination

BARC is committed to the highest standards of veterinary practices and has established an infectious disease protocol in conjunction with Dr. Cynda Crawford, Chair of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Distemper symptoms may include thick nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing and, in severe cases, may affect the neurological system, causing seizures, tremors, and death. Individuals who have adopted dogs from BARC that show potential symptoms are encouraged to contact the shelter for free medical treatment. BARC will also refund adoptions fees and accept returned animals from those who are unable or unwilling to care for potentially sick animals.

https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2021/barc-closed-weekend-june-17.html?fbclid=IwAR16Npusr2k1F-65vet0C0lVX7yUo0an20Mc6OlOP5uXQnU2SKl734uRWUY

BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be closed to the public for all services Thursday, ...
06/17/2021
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BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be closed to the public for all services Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20, to address an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness in the shelter. Please see below for additional updates.

https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2021/barc-closed-weekend-june-17.html

June 16, 2021 -- BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be closed to the public for all services Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20, to address an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness in the shelter. BARC animal control and bite case investigat....

With the heat advisory in effect it's important to keep our furry friends in mind! Did you know that the ground can reac...
06/15/2021

With the heat advisory in effect it's important to keep our furry friends in mind!

Did you know that the ground can reach temperatures much higher than the surrounding air? Hot surfaces can be very dangerous for dogs to walk on and can cause serious burns on their paws. Burns can be very painful and may lead to dangerous infections.

Try the "Hand Test" before walking your dog!
1. Rest the back of your hand on the pavement.
2. Wait 10-15 seconds.
3. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws!

Tips to protect your pal's paws:
1. Avoid walking your dog during the heat of the day. Opt for morning or evening strolls when possible.
2. Consider investing in a good pair of dog booties to protect your dog's paws when hot surfaces can't be avoided!
3. Offer walks in the grass and shady areas to provide relief from the heat!

Follow City of Houston Office of Emergency Management for updates on Heat Advisories and more!

To report neglect or cruelty to animals within Harris County, contact the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce at https://927paws.org/ or call 832-927-PAWS.

Meet adoptable dogs and kittens available for foster care at the Spring Branch Village Farmers Market + Feel Good Market...
06/12/2021

Meet adoptable dogs and kittens available for foster care at the Spring Branch Village Farmers Market + Feel Good Market today!

$5 adoptions sponsored by City Council Member Amy Peck all weekend long!

Houston, we need your help! In the last week BARC has been overwhelmed with the hundreds of animals that have entered th...
06/12/2021

Houston, we need your help! In the last week BARC has been overwhelmed with the hundreds of animals that have entered the shelter. As of 5:30pm yesterday, our total kennel count is 535, this number will only increase unless you lend us a helping paw!

If you have ever wanted to get involved this is a great time to start! Adopt, foster, rescue, volunteer at BARC to help make a difference!

💜Adoption - Adoption fees for ALL pets at BARC have been reduced to $5 thanks to a partnership with District A Council Member, Amy Peck! Pet adoptions no longer require an appointment so adopting at BARC is now easier than ever. Can't join us at BARC? The BARC #MobileAdoptionTrailer will be offsite tomorrow at the Spring Branch Village Market from 9am - 1pm. View our adoptable pets on our website! https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/adopt_a_pet.html

💜Foster - If you can't adopt, fostering is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets without making a permanent commitment. BARC has many dogs, cats, and kittens (so so many kittens) in need of foster homes. If you are already an approved BARC foster you can email [email protected] to get started. New fosters can apply online https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/foster_a_pet.html - once your application is submitted go ahead and email our BARC Foster team so we can get the ball rolling!

💜Rescue - BARC is always looking to increase it's network of local and national rescue partners. If you are a 501c3 animal rescue and want to help BARC pets, send an email to [email protected] to speak to our Rescue Coordinators!

💜Volunteer - BARC resumed volunteer operations April 5th, 2021 and we are so excited to see everyone back! Current volunteers can sign up for shifts on Better Impact. New volunteers can sign up for your orientation at BARC! Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/volunteer.html to learn more!

💜Donate - Not able to do any of the above but you feel it in your heart to help? Donate items to BARC to help our shelter pets. https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/donate_landingpage.html

Houston, we need your help! In the last week BARC has been overwhelmed with the hundreds of animals that have entered the shelter. As of 5:30pm yesterday, our total kennel count is 535, this number will only increase unless you lend us a helping paw!

If you have ever wanted to get involved this is a great time to start! Adopt, foster, rescue, volunteer at BARC to help make a difference!

💜Adoption - Adoption fees for ALL pets at BARC have been reduced to $5 thanks to a partnership with District A Council Member, Amy Peck! Pet adoptions no longer require an appointment so adopting at BARC is now easier than ever. Can't join us at BARC? The BARC #MobileAdoptionTrailer will be offsite tomorrow at the Spring Branch Village Market from 9am - 1pm. View our adoptable pets on our website! https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/adopt_a_pet.html

💜Foster - If you can't adopt, fostering is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets without making a permanent commitment. BARC has many dogs, cats, and kittens (so so many kittens) in need of foster homes. If you are already an approved BARC foster you can email [email protected] to get started. New fosters can apply online https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/foster_a_pet.html - once your application is submitted go ahead and email our BARC Foster team so we can get the ball rolling!

💜Rescue - BARC is always looking to increase it's network of local and national rescue partners. If you are a 501c3 animal rescue and want to help BARC pets, send an email to [email protected] to speak to our Rescue Coordinators!

💜Volunteer - BARC resumed volunteer operations April 5th, 2021 and we are so excited to see everyone back! Current volunteers can sign up for shifts on Better Impact. New volunteers can sign up for your orientation at BARC! Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/volunteer.html to learn more!

💜Donate - Not able to do any of the above but you feel it in your heart to help? Donate items to BARC to help our shelter pets. https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/donate_landingpage.html

We have many wonderful pets waiting for their forever homes at the shelter, but we also have lots of pets in foster care...
06/11/2021

We have many wonderful pets waiting for their forever homes at the shelter, but we also have lots of pets in foster care waiting for their forever homes as well. Cuties like Peanut Butter (A1764207) are still waiting to be adopted. Here is what PB's foster had to say about her:

Peanut is truly a very adorable and petite sweetheart. She purrs when she gets petted and she will let you hold her once she feels comfortable. She is very inquisitive and is the first to check out anything new. She will let you know when she wants attention or she is waiting for her moist food and it’s not being dished out fast enough. She can be talkative at times. Peanut is very energetic and loves to play. She will interact with wand toys, chase a laser light or she can keep herself occupied by batting a random toy around. She also loves to play, run. You may also find her sitting in the window watching the squirrels and birds or asleep in a cat tree. Does your home sound like a perfect home for her?

Email [email protected] to learn more about PB and set up a meet & greet!

We have many wonderful pets waiting for their forever homes at the shelter, but we also have lots of pets in foster care waiting for their forever homes as well. Cuties like Peanut Butter (A1764207) are still waiting to be adopted. Here is what PB's foster had to say about her:

Peanut is truly a very adorable and petite sweetheart. She purrs when she gets petted and she will let you hold her once she feels comfortable. She is very inquisitive and is the first to check out anything new. She will let you know when she wants attention or she is waiting for her moist food and it’s not being dished out fast enough. She can be talkative at times. Peanut is very energetic and loves to play. She will interact with wand toys, chase a laser light or she can keep herself occupied by batting a random toy around. She also loves to play, run. You may also find her sitting in the window watching the squirrels and birds or asleep in a cat tree. Does your home sound like a perfect home for her?

Email [email protected] to learn more about PB and set up a meet & greet!

We open at 11am for adoptions! Thank you City Council Member Amy Peck for sponsoring adoptions this weekend! You can vie...
06/11/2021

We open at 11am for adoptions! Thank you City Council Member Amy Peck for sponsoring adoptions this weekend!

You can view pets available for adoption pets on our website http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/adopt_a_pet.html

We are sponsoring $5 pet adoptions this weekend at BARC! If you are thinking about a new addition to your family, this weekend is a great time to do it! You can also visit the Mobile Adoptions Trailer on Saturday at the Spring Branch Farmers Market!

We recently sponsored (with Council District Service Funds) a sweep of the district to collect stray animals. Many were reunited with their family! To not cause an overflow at BARC, we also sponsored a transport with Rescued Pets Movement to bring pets to their new homes and this $5 adoption weekend with BARC!

BARC has many dogs and puppies available for adoption! This weekend BARC is partnering with City Council Member Amy Peck...
06/10/2021

BARC has many dogs and puppies available for adoption! This weekend BARC is partnering with City Council Member Amy Peck to bring you $5 pet adoption fees for ALL available pets!

Check out some of these adorable faces and more on our website! http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/adopt_a_pet.html

A reminder! We no longer require appointments for our pet adoption process! So please feel free to visit us this weekend from 11am to 5pm to adopt a pet. Animal adoptions remain first come, first serve so if you see someone that catches your eye, don't wait!

06/09/2021

Help! BARC is seeking foster or rescue placement for Momma Lilly (A1748288) and her seven puppies. Lilly is a very friendly girl and has done well with other dogs in the past. She just need a place to crash while her puppies continue to get big and strong and receive treatment for their possible ringworm.

Despite it's name, ringworm isn't actually a worm! It is a fungal skin infection which can cause hair loss. Her babies has some areas of hair loss on their little feetsies which we believe might be ringworm. It's curable and BARC can provide you with the medication to treat it! As with most skin conditions- stress often plays a big factor which is why we want to get this family out of the shelter.

As a safety precaution, we recommend keeping Lily and her babies separate from other pets. Ringworm can also spread to humans so frequent handwashing & sanitizing is also recommended as this can help prevent the spread of ringworm. (This video focuses on kittens but it still has great information about ringworm - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0-11kPQHqA)

Interested in helping? Contact [email protected] or [email protected]!

Thank you Council Member Letitia Plummer for this great reminder to foster, adopt, and spay & neuter your pets!If you li...
06/09/2021

Thank you Council Member Letitia Plummer for this great reminder to foster, adopt, and spay & neuter your pets!

If you live inside the city of Houston limits you can get your cat or dog fixed for free thanks to our Healthy Pets Healthy Streets program! Learn more and make an appointment online at https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/healthy_pets_healthy_streets.html

June is National Foster a Pet Month! Fostering is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets witho...
06/04/2021

June is National Foster a Pet Month! Fostering is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets without making a permanent commitment.

We are setting a goal for the month of June to get 250 pets into foster homes in honor of National Foster a Pet Month. We will be updating you on our progress each Friday! This week 51 pets went to loving foster homes! Yay! Let's keep this momentum going!

Want to help? BARC has many dogs, cats, and kittens (so so many kittens) in need of foster homes. If you are already an approved BARC foster you can email [email protected] to get started. New fosters can apply online https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/foster_a_pet.html - once your application is submitted go ahead and email our BARC Foster team so we can get the ball rolling!

Thank you Houston!

June is National Foster a Pet Month! Fostering is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets without making a permanent commitment.

We are setting a goal for the month of June to get 250 pets into foster homes in honor of National Foster a Pet Month. We will be updating you on our progress each Friday! This week 51 pets went to loving foster homes! Yay! Let's keep this momentum going!

Want to help? BARC has many dogs, cats, and kittens (so so many kittens) in need of foster homes. If you are already an approved BARC foster you can email [email protected] to get started. New fosters can apply online https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/foster_a_pet.html - once your application is submitted go ahead and email our BARC Foster team so we can get the ball rolling!

Thank you Houston!

Address

3300 Carr St
Houston, TX
77026

General information

BARC is open 7 days a week for Adoptions! 3300 Carr Street - 12pm-5pm We are closed to animal turn-in on Mondays and Thursdays. 2700 Evella Street - 12pm-4pm View our full hours here: http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/hours.html

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(713) 229-7300

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We survived the 3-3-3 of pet adoption! We just completed our 3 months with our amazing Breezy FKA Bree (2.3 y/o). She have adjusted so well into our lives and us to hers. With patience and love we all got adjusted to our new life with a furbaby. Breezy came to us totally house trained and potty trained. The adjustment came to her new life in our home with family and friends. She is beloved my our friends and neighbors for her friendly behavior with adults and children as well. Nowadays Breezy spend her days sleeping, chasing squirrels at the park and walks in the neighborhood. She learned her daily job of getting the newspaper with Papa and walking to the mailbox. She have learn to play with her toys and family. At times she plays rough, but it is okay. Thank you BARC for taking care of this beautiful girl. Thank you Savannah F., her foster care mom, for introducing us to her. We were so lucky for being introduced to this wonderful girl at the right time. Adopt. Love. Train.
HAD A 1:30PM APPOINTMENT. ARRIVED 10 MINS AFTER. CALLED TO CONFIRM. 1 SECURITY GUARD+ SAME EMPLOYEE COME OUT, TELLS US TO WAIT. THEN TRIES TO CHARGE ME FOR SOMETHING IM NOT HERE FOR AND NOW 1 HOUR LATER NO ONE HAS COME TO GET MY DOG !
This situation with the shelters delaying intake and expecting citizens to take the dog is causing more dumped/neglected dogs.
This is Jester. He is going to celebrate 8 years with us next week.He is also a part time nanny when not eating peanut butter and dog biscuits. He is a BARC alumni. Jester is our family and we love him dearly. Thank you for everything you do!
Animals love this!!!
Anyone adopting.... please make sure that the spayed/neuter surgery is done correctly. We adopted my sweet baby November 2017, and they accidentally left one of her ovaries. Today, she had to have her second surgery to have the o***y removed. Double check so you don’t have to watch your fur baby in pain again.
I hope the young man at the front desk learns to be more customer friendly instead of sternly just telling customers to SIT DOWN.
Found dog male lab' I THINK has harness this dogs has a few scrapes recent little bloody he's pretty DEHYDRATED looks little out out of it from the heat' I'm I contacted BARC for anyone who stays in MEMORIAL City area off Westview gessner near Conrad Sauer please call 8327385735 il have him less then the next 24hours
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO
I guess my message to BARC wasn’t enough for them to take care of my situation. Feral cats under house and breeding like rabbits. Infestation of fleas in my house that I’ve had to bomb several times and I don’t have a pet. Thanks BARC.