BARC is the City of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption facility. We accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health condition, and circumstance (from owner surrender, stray pickup, rescued or confiscated animals). In addition to sheltering and providing veterinary care to all animals brought to the shelter, we collaborate and coordinate with local pet rescue groups, pet fostering programs, and deliver training classes and workshops.
Animal licensing is an essential part of animal care and control in our community. License fees support the return of lost dogs and cats to their homes and help adopt homeless dogs and cats to new families. Other services funded by pet licensing are the prevention of animal neglect or cruelty, spay/neuter programs, over-population programs, and community education services.