BARC up the right tree to benefit local animals

Photo courtesy of BARC Houston

Play with puppies and cuddle with kittens to benefit local animals by volunteering with BARC Houston.

Dedicated to improving the lives of Houston animals and residents, BARC Houston does so by raising awareness about responsible pet ownership and reducing the number of stray animals through their shelter work.

Many people don’t consider the time required to properly care for a pet hard work, but BARC helps people be better pet parents by providing training classes covering the importance of animal behavior, vaccinations, and spaying/neutering pets.

Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Spaying and neutering pets helps reduce over-population and as the country’s largest urban land area, Houston is home to more than 1 million stray animals.

While working to rescue stray dogs and cats from the streets, BARC also has a Trap-Neuter-Return program that humanely catches, treats, and returns animals to their natural habitats.

Local Partnership

As the only shelter in Houston that is required to accept every animal that comes through its doors, BARC relies heavily on partnerships with other local pet rescue groups to properly place those animals.

With more than 500 successful adoptions each month, BARC strives to find a forever home for as many pets as possible.

Give Back

Caring for the pets and strays in the nation’s fourth largest city is a difficult undertaking and BARC relies heavily on the time and donations of volunteers. See how you can give back and support their cause with our list below.

  • Volunteer Volunteers are needed to help at adoption sites and other special events as well as providing help photographing and profiling the adoptable animals. Sign up to walk shelter dogs and play with cats or help with administrative tasks such as grant-writing, volunteer coordination and much more.
  • Foster a Pet Fosters nurture and care for animals until they are adoptable and matched with a forever home. Fostering is a great option for people who love animals but aren’t quite ready for the commitment of adoption.
  • Adopt Are you ready to help a dog or cat find their forever home? Click here to find the next adoption event or check out the dogs and cats available for adoption online.

BARC Houston

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Megan O'Malley covers Houston area nonprofits and select events and helps manage social media for 365 Houston. She grew up in Galveston and graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in public relations and event planning, She recently relocated to Houston and has enthusiastically embraced all the city has to offer. Megan is an animal lover, passionate about special events and loves spending time outdoors and giving back to the community.