Ready to Turn In a Pet to BARC? STOP! and Read This

Please Follow the Steps Below Before Turning in a Pet to BARC

Intake Update

Pet Resources and Education

Did You Find A Kitten?

By becoming a pet owner, you are making a commitment to care for an animal during it’s entire life. Surrendering your pet should be last on your list of options when facing difficulties and considered only under the most dire of circumstance.

Things to do BEFORE You Consider Giving Up a Pet

1. Prepare your pet for rehoming

First, prepare the animal for adoption.To increase the chances of finding a home and the success of the new placement, it is important that the pet is:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • In good health and up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Clean and groomed
  • House-trained and reasonably well-behaved

2. Network your pet

Try to find a home for your pet before bringing them to BARC. We have various resources available for pet owners who are interested in rehoming their pets. You are the best person to find a new owner for your pet. No one knows your pet like to do! Visit the link below to register your pet with this service is easy to use and helps you network your pet.

Re-Home Your Pet Badge

3. Unable to find a home for your pet?

Our intake process has changed and is now by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment please view the calendar below.

From 12-2 p.m. every Sunday, BARC has open intake for Houstonians with a stray animal. During this time on Sundays, residents who want to turn in a stray animal will not need to schedule an intake appointment online and may turn in a stray animal on a first-come, first-served basis, until shelter capacity is reached. A limit of two intakes per vehicle applies, litters will count as one. Cats or dogs may be turned in to BARC only by residents of the City of Houston. Proof of residency is required for all turn-ins. No appointments are ever needed for sick, injured, or fading animals.

Residents wishing to surrender owned pets will still be required to schedule an intake appointment online and will not be eligible to turn in an animal during non-appointment hours. Cancellations for Stray Open Intake may occur due to shelter capacity or inclement weather, please check our social media for the latest updates on Stray Open Intake hours.

Customers are directed to enter the drive through line at the 2700 Evella. We request that all customers remain in the car in order to make the process as fast as possible. Please see below for requirements:

1. Cats or dogs may be turned in to BARC only by residents of the City of Houston. Residents are defined as people who live within the city limits, and pay utility (water) bills to the City of Houston. Please note that your postal address may read Houston, Texas yet you may reside outside the city jurisdictional limits.

2. Proof of residency is required for all turn-ins: valid Texas driver's license, state issued ID, and most recent utility bill, evidencing your current address.

If you live outside the city jurisdiction, we will do our best to direct you to the appropriate agency.

If you are booking multiple animals you must book each one separately (This does not apply to litters or moms with litters).

Availability varies - Please check back daily for appointments. The current schedule is open 14 days out. Please note, new appointments become available each day.

Schedule Your Appointment Here!

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3200 Carr Street,
Houston, TX 77026
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