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BARC Partners With Animal Rescue Group to Make a New Life For a Homeless Dog

Rosebud One Example of Success Stories Created Every Day at Houston’s Shelter

HOUSTON- Rosebud, a dog that entered BARC in severe condition, is one of many dogs and cats transferred from BARC to an animal rescue group and given a second chance in life. Rosebud was rescued by Shaggy Dog Rescue in Houston on September 16, 2012 and has found a forever family in New York.

“We are absolutely thrilled at how far Rosebud has come since she came into BARC on September 16, 2012,” said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. “So many of Houston’s homeless animals come into BARC with a grim and unfortunate past. One of our top priorities is to make sure these animals get a chance to get out of the streets and into a loving home. Our rescue partners play a huge role in making that happen.”

Rosebud was rescued from an abandoned garage in south Houston. Soon after Shaggy Dog Rescue representatives contacted BARC about the canine’s condition and location, BARC’s Animal Control Officers rescued the dog and took her to BARC.

“We were very grateful for BARC’s quick response and that we were able to save this little girl and find her a loving family to call her own,” said Kathy Wetmore, founder of Shaggy Dog Rescue. “She will never again be left alone to fend for herself as so many animals in Houston do. BARC’s animals deserve a new beginning and the rescue staff at the shelter care enough to try and save as many as they can on a daily basis.”

More than 5,500 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens have been transferred to BARC’s animal rescue partners since 2011. Before BARC’s massive 2009 transformation, the shelter partnered with fewer than ten animal rescue groups. Since then, BARC has increased that number to more than 135 rescue partners in an effort to save as many of BARC’s animals as possible.

Many animals come into BARC with serious medical needs or have suffered from severe starvation or neglect.” said Mauricio Zepeda, BARC’s Foster and Rescue Coordinator. “We are grateful to all of our rescue partners for joining us in an effort to give them a second chance in life.”

The rescue process begins with a plea distributed by BARC employees to more than 135 rescue groups and more than 50 regular fosters at BARC. The plea results in numerous lives saved through transfers to rescue groups, placement into foster homes and even adoptions.

BARC is working to continue building its list of rescue partners in order to increase the number of animals, like Rosebud, that leave BARC and find new and permanent homes. To learn about partnering with BARC to increase these great success stories, contact Mauricio Zepeda at 713-229-7354 or email, or visit

Rosebud, Rescued by Shaggy Dog Rescue (Before Her Transformation)

and after she was placed in a new home

Every BARC animal that is transferred to a rescue group, fostered or adopted means one more life saved. Additionally, it opens another space for other dogs and cats that enter BARC daily: The shelter sometimes takes in up to 100 animals in a single day. You can make a difference in the life of a homeless dog or cat in Houston this holiday season. If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a volunteer or foster pet parent at BARC. Visit or for more information.

The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.

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Contact:Christopher Newport
713-837-9533 (o)
713-818-8859 (c)

Carlene Lormand
3200 Carr
Houston, TX 77026
Office: 713-229-7301
Cell: 713-775-4428

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