BARC Death Row Dogs–Can You Help?

August 29, 2007

This is a long, but worthy, post. BARC volunteers have put out a plea to help 12 dogs coming up on their 90 day deadline–literally. I’m posting the email I received today–this includes descriptions and photos of each available dog. As always, it’s a great looking bunch of dogs. The BARC shelter is always full of great dogs!

Can you help save these guys? If you’re not in the position to adopt, think about fostering. If you’re not in the position to foster, volunteer! Walk dogs on the weekends. Tell your friends about the shelter. Convince someone to put a collar on their dog. Promote spay and neuter causes. Donate a couple of bucks. Bring old towels or newspapers to the shelter. You’d be amazed how far your help will go. 

We hate to do it but it is that time again….As you may remember from past emails, BARC (the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care in Houston, TX) can only hold the dogs in the adoption program for 90 days.  At that point, they are set to be humanely euthanized.  They kindly have given us 2 weeks to find homes for these 12 dogs….can you help???  Through previous emails, we have been able to save ALL of the 90 day dogs up for euthanasia in the past.  Can we do it again?  Its up to you, Houston!!  We know you have big hearts!!  12 dogs in 2 weeks…can we do it??

Please read the bios and take a look at the photos of these dogs.  Questions welcome but if you want to get to know one of these dogs, the best thing to do it is to go out to the shelter and meet him or her!  BARC is located at 3200 Carr St. and open to the public Mon-Fri from 11:30-5:30 and Sat./Sun from 12-4.  The adoption fee is only $55 and these dogs are all fully vaccinated,  spayed or neutered, AND microchipped.

Please forward to all of your friends who might be looking for a new dog.  Rescue groups welcome…you only need to show your 501c3 to pull these dogs at no charge.

This a group of real beauties!!! Here we go!!

860137 – Baxter – He’s a really nifty dog that looks and moves like a Portuguese Waterdog. He just needs a good bath/combing.  He’s is a medium to low energy dog.  He gets along with other dogs but he doesn’t like to stay out in the heat that long.  (FYI – The picture on his Petharbor page is the wrong picture.)

860968-Charleston- 8 month old lab/mix. Very playful, loads of fun, wants to do silly things to get your attention.  Volunteer Dog Walker Margaret says, “He gets along with other dogs.  He is medium to medium high energy.  He could benefit from some obedience training.  Definitely needs regular exercise/mental stimulation. He needs a job like being someone’s running/walking buddy.”

861129-Fancy Pantsy- Irish terrier female puppy. This girl is athletic and energetic..did we mention that she LOVES to play ball!  Fancy Pantsy is very high energy and muscular.  She’s hard to walk on a leash and needs training…can you blame her with only a little time out of her kennel each day?  Gets along with other dogs as long as they’re at least as big or bigger than she is.

857053-Fatima- 2 year old Pit/mix. Gentle, curious, and wants to be around people. Very sweet dog.  Margaret says, “Fatima is a high energy dog.  She does respond well to training but needs to be with someone who will be consistent with her.  She needs a home that will continue with the extremely basic training that I’ve started with her (basically teaching her not to jump up on me and not to be mouthy).  She can be dog aggressive but generally can be let out with other dogs.  She does have some separation anxiety so she needs a home where she can be with her people.”

859424-Gong Li- 1 year old Chinese Sharpei. Good natured, curious dog who likes to play, very well behaved.  Gets along with other dogs.  Is medium to medium high energy.  Definitely needs regular exercise/mental stimulation.  He would probably not be a good choice for a family with small children UNLESS the parents are extremely dog savvy and are prepared to work with him on boundaries/structure.

861075-Poteet- 5 month old German Shepherd/mix. Playful, energetic, and very nice personality.  This is a cool, playful dog.  He gets along with and LOVES to play with other dogs.  He also likes to play with people.  He spontaneously will try and play tug of war with the leash when he is being walked.  He is medium to medium high energy so he needs to get exercise/mental stimulation every day.  An active household (people who are into running with their dog/taking their dog to the dog park) would be a good match for him.  He would probably do well in a house with children if the parents were dog savvy and were willing to work with him on developing boundaries/structures (i.e. no jumping on people).

860828 -Sasha- 10 month old german shepherd mix. Young energetic and lots of fun.  She is highly trainable and willing to please.  Volunteer Dog Walker, Nancy (a.k.a. “A Ward Mom”) says, “Poor Sasha is having a hard time being locked up, but she’s really very shy, not the least bit aggressive.  Although she jumps around constantly in her kennel, she doesn’t jump on me at all.   It doesn’t matter who I put her in a play area with, there is never any trouble.  She’s actually very laid back and easy to handle.” 

861415-Sergio- 2 year old tan Chow/mix. Good natured, very affectionate, big teddy bear.  A true SWEETHEART!  He gets along with all kinds of other dogs be they older/younger, bigger/smaller or more aggressive/more submissive than he is.  He is very laid back and low energy.  He does appear to be house trained as he waits to go potty out of his run.  He would do well in an apartment situation since he’s a couch potato kind of dog.

865372 -Soprano- 7 month old female lab/mix. She is very energetic and wants to please.  Could use a little training, but she’s spent a lot of her puppy life at BARC…I’d need training too!

852209 – Freckles is a medium to medium high energy dog.  He usually plays well with other dogs but if another dog is dog aggressive, he won’t back down from a fight.  He wouldn’t be good around small dogs/puppies as he tends to be a bully.  He plays well with Charleston and Gong Li as well as a couple larger dogs.  He would benefit from some basic obedience training. 

ADOPTED 8/31/07  859420 – Jack is high energy.  He usually plays well with other dogs.  He does have a touch of separation anxiety so he needs a home where people will understand that he likes to be with his people and not out in a yard.  He responds well to extremely basic training (ie don’t jump up) but needs more.  He could be a very good dog if someone was willing to spend the time with him and give him the boundaries and structure he needs to thrive.  Jack thinks he is a lap dog.  He is great in the car, but would prefer to ride in your lap instead of the seat if possible!

860280 – Jasmine is a really nice dog.  She gets along fine with other dogs.  She would do really well with a family of her own..fine with kids.

Questions?  Feel free to email or call!  As always,  thanks for looking, caring, forwarding, and crossposting!!!

Kathy Deffebach
BARC Foster Coordinator
713-412-1693

Julie Keeton
BARC Foster Coordinator
713-922-4748

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