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.
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.
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.
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.