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Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote humane animal care and protect public health and safety in the City of Houston, including shelter, pet placement, ownership, education, and enforcement. Critical to our mission is excellence in everything we do


BARC is the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility. BARC is the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, and circumstance (from owner surrender, stray pickup, rescued or confiscated animals). We have built a best-in-class team that stewards our mission of professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, and accountability

BARC is dedicated to pet adoption and a live release initiative. In addition to sheltering and providing veterinary care to all animals brought to the shelter, we work diligently to place these animals in new homes. We collaborate and coordinate with our Houston Pet Rescue groups and through social media networks to cast the widest possible adoption net. We also provide intensive neo-natal and adult pet fostering programs, along with hands-on volunteer training classes and continuous workshops.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership through spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and training class services. Campaigns and programs to educate and raise community awareness about these services are ongoing.




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Would you recommend BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions?

by Mike K. (2016-05-25 18:37:57.0)
After 16 years volunteering here, there isn't enough space to list all the reasons I keep coming back! Since the dark days of BARC, I'm now proud to be a part of the success of the best shelter in Houston. Sure, there are heartbreak instances, but those are so far outnumbered by the positive experiences! I have met many short term 4-legged friends there for sure, as well as BARC employees I call my friends! Many opportunities, flexible scheduling, pleasant and caring staff - all reasons why I choose to be there basically every weekend! Hope to see you there sometime soon!
by Cary R. (2016-05-25 11:01:41.0)
I have been volunteering at BARC for at least 3 years. They are top notch from the employees, all the way up to management. They do care about the dogs, cats, and horses, and it shows. They are constantly finding ways to improve, think outside of the box, and are open to and act upon suggestions. You can photograph, walk dogs, do adoptions, or anything else, while be surrounded by high quality, very professional people. BARC Volunteers rock!
by N. W. (2016-05-25 09:28:13.0)
BARC is a great place to volunteer. I go for the animals and have done for years. There's nothing better than getting to walk and play with the dogs and get them to wag their tails. Well there is one thing better, getting them adopted out to their furever homes. The cats are great too! The new adoption facility is a nice place to come find a new canine or feline friend, and if you can't make it to BARC they often are hosted across the city for adoption events. If you want to get some pet therapy, become a volunteer, and give some love to some deserving animals.
by Alisa J. (2016-01-13 13:32:55.0)
My sister-in-law was a volunteer here and transported a dog for this company. They did not share with her the fact that this dog had a history of attacking people, or the fact that it was an owner - surrender for this very reason. The dog attacked her very severely. 27 bites (some to the bone) and $15,000 in medical bills later, and they have yet to even offer an apology. One of her kids could have just as easily been the victim, and I don't know how they would have survived this. I am saddened that they are not even offering an apology. Shame on you BARC. It is your responsibility to make sure these pets are safe before simply turning them over to people. This woman will wear this scar, both emotional and physical - for the rest of her life due to your careless behavior.
by Mary S. from eureka springs, AR (2010-09-08 09:30:15.0)
I have been volunteering with BARC for the past 2 months in various "jobs" including shelter dog bathing, offsite pet adoptions and posting ads for them online. Since there has been a change in management and personnel, the shelter is really trying to improve it's image as I've experienced when being at the shelter. If the citizens of Houston really want things to change at the city shelter, everyone needs to get involved and do their part to institute change. Change won't happen without everyone's involvement and everyone has to do their part regardless of how large or small.
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