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BARC Paving a New Way to Save More Homeless Animals in Houston

Thanks to Mayor Annise Parker, Ennis-Flint and the City of Houston
Public Works and Engineering Department for Making Giant BARC Paw Prints a Reality

HOUSTON- BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is paving the way to increased dog and cat adoptions and more lives saved with giant and permanent paw prints leading the way to the front gate of the animal shelter located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston 77026. The paw prints are meant to intrigue drivers as they exit Highway 59, encouraging more Houstonians to utilize BARC’s adoption services, public pet wellness clinic, foster and volunteer programs, and more.

The paw prints begin on the West side of Highway 59 on Collingsworth Street towards Carr Street. The trail of prints then turns onto Carr Street, ending with a large imprint of BARC’s logo in the driveway just outside the entry gates of BARC’s animal shelter. There are a total of 22 paw prints on Collingsworth Street and Carr Street combined.

“We owe a huge thank you to Mayor Annise Parker for envisioning this creative and out-of-the-box concept that sets BARC apart from other Houston animal shelters,” said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. “Not only do the paw prints make finding the shelter even easier for drivers, but it also creates an exciting and adventurous path leading future adopters to their new pet. BARC has come so far since its massive transformation in 2009, and this is just another huge step toward continuing to engage Houstonians in the effort to save the lives of Houston’s homeless animals.”

Thank you to Ennis-Flint, a traffic safety solutions company, for donating the time to install the paw prints at no cost. The value of the installation is more than $6,000. Thank you also to the City of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department for working with BARC to close Collingsworth and Carr streets to through traffic during the installation period.

“We are excited and honored to be a part of this project for BARC,” said Jason Schneider, Regional Sales Manager for Ennis-Flint. “We had a lot of fun with it and look forward to seeing the paw prints start to lead more and more Houstonians to the shelter. We have worked with the City for many years to provide Preformed Thermoplastic for their Crosswalks, Stop Bars and other pavement markings, but I have never had such a unique and creative project. The most important thing is that every adoptable animal at BARC finds a good home. Hopefully the paw prints will help direct people to BARC and do just that.”

Above: Ennis-Flint Employees Install the First Giant Paw Print on Collingsworth Street

Above: A Giant Imprint of BARC’s Logo Concludes the Path of Paw Prints at The Entrance Gate to the Animal Shelter

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. You can also donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, by clicking here. 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. We encourage everyone to visit BARC online at

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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