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Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States at 665 square miles; we have stray-friendly weather all year, which means year-round breeding that steadily increases the animal population. Houston has a lot of homeless animals in need of a forever family!

BARC is the only shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, or circumstances. BARC works diligently to find these vulnerable animals new homes, but we cannot do it alone. There are many ways you can get involved at BARC and help us make a difference in the lives of shelter pets. Opportunities range from opening your home & fostering a pet in need to volunteering at the shelter to walk dogs, clean, or take photos. BARC is always seeking new rescue partner organizations, sponsors for adoption and wellness events, and critical donations from the public to keep not only our animals healthy, but also support forever families who may made need some help.


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Host An Event
Host An Event

Be a part of a forever home story by hosting a pet adoption event with BARC! Our team of highly trained offsite adoption staff are ready to help set up an adoption event with you. Events are scheduled months in advance so don’t wait! Contact us to get started.

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Partner with Us
Partner with us

Animal people are our people! Aligning your brand or company with BARC is a great way to change the lives of shelter pets. Partnership opportunities range from sponsoring an adoption or pet pantry event, helping us spotlight our shelter pets, media opportunities, and more.

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Digital Street Team
Digital Street Team

You can make a difference in the lives of shelter pets, even from the comfort of your home! Join BARC’s digital street team to help us spread the word about adoption, fostering, rescue, spay & neuter and BARC's services.

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Houston BARC Foundation Website

Houston BARC Foundation

The mission of the Houston BARC Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all animals in Houston, especially those under the care of the City of Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions. Donations to the Houston BARC Foundation directly benefit animals sheltered at, or otherwise cared for by, BARC through purchases of medical, kennel, sanitary, and other supplies, and equipment.

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Friends of BARC Website

Friends of BARC

Friends of BARC was founded in 2003 by a group of animal lovers looking to support the humane care and treatment of the animals residing at BARC and to help them find a new start. Friends of BARC supports the daily operations of the shelter with donations and support for BARC staff and volunteers. By donating to Friends of BARC you can make a direct impact to help shelter pets.

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BARC Information

3200 Carr Street,
Houston, TX 77026
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