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Animal Attraction: BARC STARZ

Animal Attraction:  BARC STARZ

by Stacy Fox

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 5:56 AM

Our greatest joy at BARC is seeing one of our favorite dogs or cats get adopted. We imagine how great life will be for our friend outside the shelter with a soft, warm bed to sleep in and people to love him/her.  One of the saddest things we see is one of our adopted friends get returned. The reasons people return animals are varied and, of course, it's never the animal's fault (in our opinion). This week we feature a few of our friends who have been adopted and returned.  We hope their perfect match is just around the corner!

SKEETER.  "RESPONSIBILITY." That's why it says this little pup was adopted and returned. Yes, puppies are a big responsibility. So are dogs and so are cats. Be sure you understand when you adopt a pet it is likely to be with you for 10-15 years. It needs regular vet care, heart worm preventative and protection from fleas. SKEETER was adopted as a little pup and returned just a few months later. He's only 7 months old now and about 25 pounds. He's a little timid which makes us wonder how he was treated by his previous adopter and makes us think it's probably better he didn't stay with them. SKEETER loves other dogs, running and playing. He likes to cuddle, too, and will come up shyly and bury his head in your lap or under your arm. SKEETER is a gentle dog that needs a kind forever home where he can feel safe and loved. He's neutered, microchipped and heart worm negative. Look for SKEETER at BARC in South A Ward, I.D. number A1002447.

CASSIE.  It happens to cats too. CASSIE was first adopted last February — almost a year ago! — and returned in December. Her kennel card says she was returned because of allergies. It sure did take her adopter a long time to figure out she was allergic to cats! Anyway, poor CASSIE is back at BARC. This gorgeous silver tabby has beautiful green eyes and super-soft fur like a bunny. She often sits and watches outside the window making us wonder if she misses her old home. CASSIE is almost 3 years old, spayed and microchipped. She's quiet and friendly and gets along fine with other cats. Come over and give her a scratch and she'll give you a head butt! Look for CASSIE at BARC in the open adoption room in the North Building, ID number A0983358.

Check out all this week's BARC STARZ in the picture gallery.  Their profiles are in the pdf file that accompanies this story!  Some of these animals may have been adopted over the weekend.  Please visit BARC because there are many other homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need of a new home!
THE ADOPTION FEE AT BARC IS ONLY $55 — THAT'S THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN! That includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and the first year’s city license if the animal will reside in the City of Houston. For more information please visit BARC's website at:

BARC is the City of Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. The shelter 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. You may also Contact BARC by phone at  713-229-7300  713-229-7300 .


BARC: email

To see more BARC animals available for adoption on the Web, please visit these other sites: (Enter your zip code, then click on City of Houston, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care)

...and on Facebook: Friends of BARC and BARC Starz.