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paw print Profile: Houston Dog Pound

The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (also known as BARC), is the official dog pound and animal shelter for the city of Houston, Texas. The facility includes two large kennel buildings as well as a storage building and administration building with cattery. Like most shelters, there has been a dire need to expand and create more space for incoming strays as populations grow. Luckily this October 2009 BARC announced plans for future renovations to the facility including more kennels, improved cattery area with cat condos, larger veterinary area, and improved guest parking among other things. Renovation plans are expected to be underway in June 2010 and regular business hours will continue throughout the construction process.

The Animals who end up at BARC are examined by a veterinary staff member for health, temperament, and companion animal suitability. This is, of course, a decision based solely at the discretion of BARC and all decisions of all cases are final. Qualified responsible people who pass an interview with a BARC staff member, and written adoption application questionnaire can adopt these animals and dog adoption on a first come come first serve basis with a $55.00 adoption fee to the center. The dogs for adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and other medical services during the animals stay at BARC. A one year license of the animal is also included if the dog or cat’s home will be within the Houston city limits.

If you would like to stop by the facility it is located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston, Texas. 77026. Adoption hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit the Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care website and browse their listing of current animals in their care and dog adoption websites.

If you have lost your pet in the Houston area, there is a possibility your dog or cat may have been impounded at the shelter. Go here for more information on the shelter’s Animal holding and redemption fees.