Friends of BARC is holding a pet adoption event in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot at 3102 Kirby at West Alabama on Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see some of the great dogs and cats available from BARC. Download the flyer.

Can’t make it to this event? Visit the BARC shelter. You’re sure to find a furry friend while savings a wonderful animal in need!


Great V-Day Gift from SNAP

January 15, 2008

SNAP is offering to spay female cats free on February 14, 2008. This is open to the whole community, but an appointment is required. I’ve had great luck having several animals fixed at SNAP.

Even if you can’t get an appointment on the free day, their regular spay/neuter rates for dogs and cats are very reasonable. And there are plenty of other discount spay/neuter clinics in the Houston area.

BARC animals will be available for adoption at the Highland Village shopping center in Houston, December 14-16 and 21-23 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (until 9 p.m. December 22!). If you can’t adopt, open up your wallets–donations large and small help save animals! Here are the details:


Highland Village Hosts The 1st Annual
Home For The Holidays
Pet Adoption Event Benefiting Saving Animals/FIX HOUSTON

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
December 7, 8 & 9
December 14, 15 & 16
December 21, 22 & 23
10-6pm (until 9 pm December 22!)


For more information, call Savings Animals at 713-527-4490


Dogs are so easy to give meds to. I can wrap a pill in a piece of cheese and my work is done.

Cats, on the other hand, are another story. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to give a cat medicine. Butter, my foster kitten, is on three different meds at the moment–ear drops and two liquids. Twice a day, I have to administer these. She hasn’t been wholly uncooperative, but you know she doesn’t like it. Well, last night she definitely displayed her displeasure with my medicine administering technique. The ear drops went fine. I was giving her the first of two droppers of the liquid stuff and the minute I squirted it into her mouth she became a whirling buzzsaw of fur and claws. I took a couple of claws across the nose and received two nice bloody wounds. Scars of inexperience. Once we both calmed down and I disinfected, I gave her the second liquid then let her have her space.

This morning went much more smoothly. I hope to give her the remaining two doses without incident.

It was getting close to bedtime last Thursday and I heard a knock at the door. I peeked out the window and saw Shea, the homeless woman who has lived in the park near my house with her two dogs for the last two years. She was holding some kind of fur ball.

She explained that this tiny, dirty, bag of bones kitten keeps hanging around her and her dogs and she was concerned about it and she knew I could help. (She brought me an injured pigeon once, too.) Being the complete sucker, er, I mean animal lover that I am, I took the kitty in. I set her up in the bathroom, cleaned her ears and wiped her down a bit. I showed her a litterbox and gave her food and water.

When I checked on her in the morning, all was well. She’d even used the litterbox and not the floor, which is good. (Cats are just smart that way.) That evening after work, I ran her over to a discount veterinarian for a once-over and vaccinations. She purred the entire time–even while getting the shots. He estimated her age at 12 weeks.

She’s a cute long-haired yellow, white, and brown calico. I call her Butter because I’m not very creative when it comes to pet names. I hope to get her into the HOPE foster program ASAP. She gets spayed in a couple of days. I’d love another cat, but our current cat–my husband’s cat–is a one cat-cat.

This is butter.
Butter the rescue kitten