Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fosters Needed

Houston has a millions of street and homeless dogs. Local rescues are doing what they can to help these dogs, but more needs to be done. Fostering a dog is great way to help local rescues. Most do not have a facility to keep their rescues in and rely on volunteers to foster and care for these fur babies.  You can foster for a weekend or longer and help give these dogs a chance to socialize with people and other pets in preparation for finding their fur-ever home. Fostering is also a great way to teach children about the responsibilities of pet ownership. Most parents have heard the plea from their children, "please mom/dad, can we have a dog?" What better way for them to see for themselves what is involved in caring for a dog, than by fostering one for the weekend? Fostering also helps the rescues by showing these formerly homeless dogs what it is like to be in a loving home with people who actually care about them. If you are interested in fostering one of these great dogs, please contact for more information about their availability.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Natural Pawz Adoption Event, July 26 2014

Hello Everyone!!

Looking for a new addition to your family?  Barrio Dogs will be at Natural Pawz Woodway, Saturday, July 26, 2014 from Noon until 4:00 pm with some great dogs who would love to find a loving family of their own. Please stop by and say hello and if you think one these special pups would fit in with your family, arrange for a meet and greet sleepover. All Barrio Dogs are current on vaccines and spayed/neutered before being offered for adoption.

No One's Dog: A Community Art Project

Photo: Angela Carranza
"They say a picture is worth a thousand the world what you see and be the voice for those who can't speak.

Building on DiverseWorks' long history of social activism through art,Barrio Dogs, Inc.BOX 13 ArtSpace, and DiverseWorks have teamed up to present "No One's Dog", a community-based project that uses art to bring attention to Houston's animal overpopulation crisis."

Saturday, July 26, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm will be the opening of the No One's Dog: A Community Art Project. Houston residents were asked to submit photos to show the Houston animal overpopulation crisis. The exhibition will run for two weeks at DiverseWorks Artspace located at 4102 Fannin Street, Houston, TX. Houston has over.1 million homeless dogs. Most of these dogs were abandoned, turned loose to fend for themselves or dumped by their owners who no longer wanted the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. Many non-profit organizations are working in the Houston area to rescue, foster and re-home some of these forgotten souls as well educate the public on what is to be a responsible pet owner. The hope of this project is to shine a light on this crisis and the need for low cost veterinary care to prevent more unwanted liters. 

A selection of photos can be seen here: Abused, neglected dogs subject of Houston art project (contains graphic images), an article from the Houston Chronicle. Please note that there are graphic images in this slide show that shows the horror these animals face living on the streets of Houston.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Support the Bayou Greenways 2020 Project

Dear Dog Lovers,

Outdoor spaces and dogs just go together. Thanks to the Houston Parks Board and others, the Bayou Greenways 2020 is a project to unite the 7 major bayous in Houston with parks and trails,completing nearly 150 miles of connected off-street paths and adding an additional 1,500 acres of greenspace that we can all enjoy--with two feet or four! Here’s the link:

Here’s what’s happening and how you can be involved in making it happen. Houston is about to be a nation-wide leader in off-street, safe shared use paths. That’s right: Houston, the town usually known for its freeways and traffic, has approved a major bond initiative aimed at completing a 100 year old idea to unite its bayous with parks and trails.

This is the biggest parks project in the state and one of the largest in the nation. Currently, Houston has 75 miles of trails along the major bayous throughout the city but will expand the trails to 150 miles in the city, connecting 77 parks with linear greenways along the banks of its bayous. There are already some parks and trails along the bayous but there are several major gaps in the system. The project, now known as Bayou Greenways 2020, is a public/private partnership where the city and area non-profits like the Houston Parks Board will complete the project in 7 years. Bayou Greenways 2020 will vastly increase the areas available to Houstonians for recreation but also create an alternative for transportation uniting many of Houston’s major employment centers for bikes and pedestrians. Indeed, nearly 60% of all Houstonians will live within 1.5 miles of one of these parks or trails.

This spring, Houston Parks Board is bringing together community members, students, businesses, organizations, and biking groups to get involved and speak up about what this project means to them. They've already organized multiple bayou bike tours, collected over 2000 petitions, and they’re just getting started. If you’re in the area and want to get involved, or would like more information about the project, check out their website, for more information. We can get these trails built here in Houston but only with your help. See you on the trails!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Did You Find A Dog?

We often get asked for help when people find or rescue a dog. We cannot take the dog but we have prepared information to help people figure out what to do with it. We hope this information makes the process of finding the dog a home a little easier! If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Read this Article on Houston's Animal Overpopulation

Below is a post that appeared on Unity for a Solution's facebook page today. We think it's great that people outside of the animal advocacy groups are demanding that Houston's animal overpopulation problem needs to be addressed. 
Tell your city officials how you feel about the issue- links to contact info included at the end of the story.
Check out today’s Houston Chronicle article “Dump an animal, get caught” By Ingrid Lobet. It’s only available to digital subscribers but here is a link where you can see the whole article:

We want to highlight this portion of the article near its end: “Chris Newport, a spokesman for Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, said the dumping is part of something deeper, not fully separable from the larger issue of strays. He says Houston needs a conversation with itself about pets, one that addresses people's reluctance to spay and neuter them, a service that is free in the city via a mobile clinic to those who cannot afford to pay. ‘A conservative figure is there are 750,000 strays on the streets of Houston,’ Newport said.”

We agree with Newport that Houston needs a conversation with itself about pets but let’s get the facts straight first:

1. BARC told Fox news reporter Natalie Bomke in a story that aired 9/21/12 that there are 1.2 million strays in Houston.
2. The spay neuter service mentioned in the article is provided by one (1) SNAP mobile clinic, which can spay or neuter up to 25 animals per visit. Even if the SNAP clinic operated every day of the year (including holidays), that totals a maximum of 9125 animals fixed per year. How does that compare with 1.2 million strays and countless owned animals that are not fixed?
3. One deterrent to using SNAP is that they require proof of government assistance which is a problem in several communities around the city.

Some of us have been out in the community signing up residents for free spay and neuter for their pets. Our experience was that many people want to spay or neuter their animals but they cannot afford to! While there are some out there who will refuse, there are many, many others who will gladly spay neuter their pets if they can do it at a reduced cost or free of charge.

Let the mayor and your city council member know how you feel about Houston’s animal overpopulation and what the city is doing to address it. If you do contact them, let us know their response. Thank you!
Links to contact City of Houston's Mayor and Council Members:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Uniting Houston's Animal Advocacy Groups

Barrio Dogs’ main emphasis continues to be education and outreach to residents to improve animal welfare in our East End Houston community. We are always looking for new ways to get to the root of the cause behind animals suffering in our neighborhood. Nevertheless, we have observed that despite our best efforts, the situation continues to worsen in our community and in others areas around Houston.

As a result, we have decided to join forces with other established and independent Houston animal welfare groups to bring more supporters and attention to our cause. Unity for a Solution is a new initiative by Barrio Dogs, Corridor Rescue and Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward to address animal overpopulation and improve conditions for homeless and unwanted animals in Houston.

One of Unity for a Solution’s first priorities is to work with the city of Houston and Houston elected officials to develop a plan to bring more low cost or free spay and neuter for pets and other animals in areas of Houston that are hardest hit by animal overpopulation. The group will also work to raise public awareness in the communities we serve about the importance of spay and neuter and proper animal care, something that Barrio Dogs has already begun to do with our FixIt Spay Neuter Project. The decision to unite forces grew from our 2012 “Music for Mutts” collaboration and from the realization that together, we have a better chance of improving the lives of the many homeless and unwanted animals suffering in Houston.

You can help us by “liking” our new Facebook and writing to your elected officials on our behalf; addresses and a template for a letter are on the current Facebook site. We will be providing updates, information and Calls to Action on Facebook so please check our page from time to time. We thank you!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

KIPP Intrepid Visited by Barrio Dogs

Barrio Dogs' core mission is to educate, empower and transform communities in the Greater East End. One of our most impactful programs is our Youth and Paws program (YAP), in which we feature educational presentations, bilingual literature, guest speaker discussions, and an occasional visit by a rescued and rehabilitated dog.  Below is a summary of our Education Team’s most recent visit to KIPP Intrepid.

Barrio Dogs had a wonderful opportunity to share a humane education presentation at KIPP Intrepid Tuesday, November 20--our first visit to the campus this semester. Team Jennifer Washam and Rescue Education Ambassador Dog (R*E*A*D*) Chloe presented the story "Buddy Unchained" to 2 groups of 50 fifth grade students. This story provided the youth a chance to learn about how Buddy felt "unsafe and unhappy" in his first environment where he was chained with little food and clean water, to being rescued, cared for and then adopted by his forever family that provided him with a safe and healthy environment.

They were then given a creative writing activity where participating students chose a picture card of a Barrio Dog rescue and asked to tell the story of the canine's background and the forever home they are looking for. The students were provided the Thanksgiving weekend to complete this activity, after which the assignment will be picked up and shared with our Barrio Dogs community. At the presentation's end, each student had the opportunity to meet Chloe and have their picture taken. And it was "pajama day" at the campus, so all the students were in a very "lighhearted" mood. It was a great experience for Jennifer, Chloe and the school, and we look forward to more opportunities in the future on their campus. 

Be sure to check back soon for some of the creative writing activities from the 5th graders at KIPP Intrepid.

If you are interested in having our Education Team visit your school as part of the YAP program, please contact 

Friday, November 16, 2012

As Seen on Fox News

Kristal Kirksey and Kelly Simmons from Jubilee were on Fox News yesterday morning talking about this Saturday's Party for Pooches benefiting Barrio Dogs. Our rescued dog, Rusty, was also there looking fabulous in his red and white sweater. Thank you Kristal and Kelly for all your support!

To see the Fox news clip:  Click here to watch

Stop by this great event and say hi to Barrio Dogs and some of our rescues!

Party for Pooches
Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm
325 W 19th St
Houston, TX
Barrio Dogs celebrities that will be in attendance include...

Here's a sneak peek at some of the items that will be included in the silent auction....
Signed & framed Carlos Hernandez print
Pink bike complete with basket & bell


Hope to see you there!