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HBF is a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to raising

funds from the private sector to provide much needed medical and

kennel supplies, equipment and better living conditions to the animals

at the BARC municipal shelter located at 3200 Carr Street., Houston, Texas.


Since 2013, the BARC Foundation has worked in partnership with the City of Houston to complete funding for the new, state of the art BARC Adoption Center – see it here under HBF News & Events.

We are also dedicated to improving the lives of all animals throughout

our community by raising awareness for responsible pet ownership,

spay/neuter practices, pet adoption and the humane treatment of all animals.


Welcome to the Jungle at JW Marriott Benefitting BARC 8/21/2015



The Houston BARC Foundation wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Chelsea Coburn, Tatiana Galitzine and Martin Prendergast for sharing their jungle-inspired birthday celebration as a benefit to the Foundation!

We are truly grateful for their vision to assist the Foundation’s mission in support of the efforts of BARC.  Thank you, Mayor Annise Parker, for being a special celebrity guest, along with Griffin, the furry mascot and Director of Pet Relations at the JW Marriott Downtown.  The party was fantastic – thank you!


Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer…

Everyone loves spending time outside during the long, sunny days of summer, but hot weather can spell danger for our furry companions. Every year during the warm summer months, veterinarians see a spike in the number of pets with heat related illnesses. Even the healthiest pet can suffer from dehydration, sunburn, or heat stroke if overexposed to the heat – and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Provide plenty of cool, fresh water at all times Pets can get dehydrated quickly – make sure your pet has a clean source of water available all the time. Pets should be kept indoors during the hottest hours of the day, but if you must keep your pet outside, offer water in a spill proof container. If you are exercising or walking your dog, be sure to bring plenty of water with you. Most pets won’t drink out of a water bottle so don’t forget a bowl. Lots of dog parks provide watering stations!

If your pet is outside or exposed to sun, be certain they have access to shade. If your pet must to be outside, please provide a dog house. It is best if there is additional shade from trees or a porch. If your pet is kept crated inside, make sure the sun does not shine in a window– a seemingly comfortable spot may become dangerous in the hot sun.

When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger or walk on hot asphalt. Being close to the ground, pets can heat up more quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.

Did you know? Short-nosed breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, or boxers are more prone to overheating since they cannot pant effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, overweight, or those with heart or lung disease should be kept cool in an air-conditioned area as much as possible.

DON’T – No Parking! Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a car (even with the windows open) can become a furnace in no time, which can lead to fatal heat stroke. Cars trap heat inside and even on a mild day, the heat can reach a deadly high temperature. Temperatures in a car can rise to more than 30° higher than outside air in less than ten minutes. Studies have shown that cracking the windows offers little cooling effect. If you see a car with a pet locked inside, call your local law enforcement. You may save a pet’s life!


HTV - I Love Houston

The Houston BARC Foundation was recently featured on a segment of I Love Houston. Click here to view the video!

Welcome to The Houston BARC Foundation

  1. *The Houston BARC Foundation is a non-profit fund raising organization. We welcome and encourage your reports about any animal in distress and will

use our best efforts to retrieve distress reports as soon as possible and transmit the reports to the proper City BARC personnel. However, in cases of emergency the Foundation recommends that you submit your report directly and quickly to the City of Houston BARC team. BARC contact information can be found by clicking on www.houstonbarc.com

* By clicking on external links you will be leaving the HBF.org site. External Links will open in a new window

Since its incorporation October 2010, the Houston BARC Foundation has received more than $550,000 in donations. Foundation grants are made exclusively to Houston's only municipal animal shelter - BARC. Our grants provide much needed supplies, equipment and medical care to the more than 500 dogs and cats at the BARC Shelter. The BARC Foundation has also spearheaded and funded widespread adoption and spay/neuter initiatives throughout Houston.

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