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!


There’s still time bring a BARC shelter pet home for the holidays! Visit the old Gap store in Houston’s Highland Village where you’ll find BARC dogs and cats available for adoption.

Find out more about the Highland Village Adopt-A-Thon and see some of the available dogs in this video clip.

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


Puppy Underground Railroad

November 28, 2007

Puppies and shelters are a bad combination. They have no immunity to the germs and diseases often found in shelters and are often too young to be given vaccinations. Getting puppies out of shelters as quickly as possible is a good thing.

Here’s a way to do just that–and anyone can help. This excerpt is from a recent BARC email:

As some of you might know we were invited to be a part of the North Shore Animal League puppy transport. Yep, they want BARC puppies in NY! Can you believe there is a “shortage” of puppies in the NE? Now, once a month they are transporting a van full of puppies from New Orleans to NSAL in NY. This is to deter people from buying a puppy from backyard breeders and pet stores. We tell you all of this to announce that the first 12 BARC puppies were loaded up last night headed to New Orleans. It was a tight fit, but they were all ready for the adventure! To think they will be playing in the snow in less than 24 hours is crazy! Thanks to the 3 fosters that raised these puppies with love and care! It’s not easy letting your baby travel across the country, but they will make a new family very happy. If you would be interested in fostering puppies for BARC or for the transport please contact Tammie our puppy lifeline coordinator. Or if you would like to sponsor a puppy for the next transport contact Julie. These ladies can fill you in on all the details. If you haven’t heard about NSAL check them out.

Puppies are fostered out of BARC, then transported to New Orleans where they and other shelter puppies make the trip to New York. I’m sure it’s quite an undertaking.

The sponsor transport cost is only $35 per pup and it’s tax deductible! (If you want a tax receipt you can send the money to Friends of BARC and specify the transport.) The next transport should be around Christmas.

Since I’m not in the position to foster or adopt, this, for me, was an easy way to help several dogs in a short amount of time. I sponsored 10 puppies–well worth the money, IMO, to help get these dogs into loving homes.

I work for a living, so I don’t watch daytime TV. Actually, if I didn’t work, I still wouldn’t watch daytime TV.

This week, daytime TV invaded my life anyway with all of the press given to Ellen DeGeneres’ dramatic, tearful story about Iggy, a dog she adopted, rehomed, then was repo-ed by the rescue group.

Whether you agree or disagree with what Moms and Mutts did with Iggy, the fact is that Ellen (actually Portia di Rossi, her partner) signed a contract agreeing to the very process that took place. So is it the rescue group’s fault that Ellen/Portia didn’t read what they were signing?

As a foster, I’m glad there are fairly strict requirements for adoption. I know I’ve spent a significant amount of time, money, and effort with each of my fosters and I want to know where they’re going and that they will be in good hands for the rest of their lives.

I’m concerned all of this press will give rescue groups and shelters that have specific adoption requirements a bad name and it will drive more people to pet stores or certain breeders who simply sell animals and do not try to match an owner with a pet to give it a forever home.