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Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote humane animal care nd 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.

Houston has the largest urban land area in the U.S. Its size and unique characteristics create challenging circumstances in regards to animal population and control. In addition to a year-long breeding season that steadily increases the area's animal population, our semi-tropical climate serves as an incubator for fleas, ticks and other parasites harmful to animals. Houston is an urban metropolis, but it is also home to various species of wild animals and reptiles including coyotes, bobcats, bats, raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes, snakes and even alligators. Because of this, rabies outbreaks are a special concern. A rabies vaccination is required to license your pet, and a pet license is mandatory in Houston. BARC serves as the licensing facility. We work hard to educate the public about rabies prevention and about co-existing with our extensive wildlife population.

Our goal is to provide animal control and care services that minimize fear, pain, stress and suffering to animals in and out of the shelter and we work to ensure safe and healthy human-animal interactions. We work closely with the City of Houston Police Department and Houston Animal Control to respond to animal cruelty and abuse reports, behavioral complaints, dog bite cases and animal/gang related issues.





Average Review 4 reviews

Would you recommend BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions?

by Tamika G. (January 23, 2016)
BARC steals dogs from private property and sells them for profit. BARC trespassed onto my property when the gate and fence were closed, stole my puppy from the front yard and left a note reading that if I wanted my puppy back then I would have to call BARC. I called and not one clerk or receptionist answered the many calls I made. I left numerous messages with my name and phone number to which no one returned my calls. It was after 6:00 pm when I came home from work and found the note so I also called all day the next day on every work break I had to no avail. Thinking that the BARC personnel can go into someone's closed private property and steal owners' puppies really frightened me and I became so physically ill that I had to go to the Dr. When I went to BARC, the Supervisor admitted to trespassing and told me that if I wanted my puppy back, I would have to pay $120.00. Then he changed it to $550.00. BARC steals puppies and the Houston Police Department allows theft.
by Alisa J. (January 13, 2016)
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 YoLanda G. (October 1, 2015)
BARC steals dogs and puppies from people's closed, fenced-in yards. They, then try to sell the stolen pets back to the owner and if the owner agrees to pay the outrageous amount of $550.00 to get the puppy back, then BARC still refuses to give the pet to its rightful owner. Moreover, The Houston Police Department sided with BARC when I reported Chris and other supervisors and said that is how The City of Houston generates profit. For contesting this unconstitutional violation, Suzanne Hollifield, Senior Police Officer made me pay BARC $200.00 dollars more and let BARC re-sell MY puppy. Evil has a name and it is BARC.
by Mary S. from eureka springs, AR (September 8, 2010)
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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