Thursday, September 29, 2011

Texas Humane Legislation Network Conference

Barrio Dogs was very happy to attend the Texas Humane Legislation Network conference in Houston on September 23-24, 2011. Delegates from around the state attended the conference to hear, among other things, about several new laws protecting animals that were passed by the Texas Legislature during its most recent session. Barrio Dogs' founder and president Gloria Medina Zenteno spoke about our work during the conference and many delegates stopped at our table to pick up literature and learn more about us.
Special guests at the conference included members of Rescue Ink; here is Gloria with several of them.
 Gloria spoke during one of the conference sessions about our work.
Photo courtesy of Bean Photo
Rescued Barrio Dogs Mason and Hank also attended the conference. Although Hank looks worried in the picture below, he and Mason had a great time, were well behaved and made many new friends. Both Mason and Hank are still looking for their forever homes.

Many thanks to the THLN for allowing us to attend and participate in their conference!
Photo courtesy of Bean Photo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Students in The Company of Dogs

This great educational video about responsible dog ownership was created by students in the Chicago public schools. It addresses many of the same issues we face here in Houston regarding proper treatment of and interaction with dogs in the community but in a fun and enthusiastic way. Enjoy!

Community Education at Browning Elementary

Barrio Dogs Educational Volunteer, Jennifer Washam, U of H Interin Maria Ivanez along with Rescue Education Ambassador Dog (R*E*A*D*) Chloe recently visited two 4th grade classes at Browning Elementary to give a presentation on the basics of canine care and behavior.

Through a video, question and answer session and a quiz on canine body language, the students were able to get a better understanding of how to not only properly care for their own pets but how to deal with unknown dogs they may encounter.

The students especially enjoyed the opportunity to hear how Chloe came from a background of abuse and neglect, but with lots of love and training, has learned to trust again and give back to the community. Barrio Dogs looks forward to more chances to reach out to the community on our educational mission.

Looking for a Forever Home

Apache, Copper, Ricky, Abby, Eve and Ethel of Barrio Dogs Houston were all rescued and now are looking to find their forever homes. In the meantime, Pet Paradise JFK has become their wonderful temporary home! If you would like more information on these guys please visit:

Huge thanks to Pet Paradise JFK for caring for the Barrio Dogs!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Scout is Adopted!

Scout joins Shaggy in the backyard of her new home
A rare story of opposite rescues now joined together. The story starts with our first rescue, Shaggy, who lived homeless for close to a year in an undeveloped property in the middle of the high-rent Galleria area. The other rescue, Scout, had a different life as part of a pack of homeless dogs in the Warehouse District of Downtown Houston.

Shaggy's and Scout’s paths crossed when they were boarded together after their rescue. During their brief meeting in boarding, you would have thought they had known each other their whole life. They played together with expressions of happiness and joy, the way it’s meant to be for these lovely creatures. Sadly, their rescue life took them into different directions. But by an act of faith, their paths crossed again.

Shaggy was very lucky and was adopted soon by a wonderful owner. Scout waited close to a year. We experienced an unfortunate situation when we almost lost Scout. Remembering their prior relationship, Shaggy’s owner heard of the story and she decided to take Scout into foster care.  

Their reunion was huge. They seem to remember instantly where they left off. Better news came a few days ago, when Shaggy’s owner decided to adopt Scout as well. These two rescue girls from different lives are now a rare chance of happiness that not many receive.

Please allow us to thank the many involved in this happy ending: Laura Radler, Wulfe & Co., Karen LaBarba, Linda Sullivan, Lone Star Animal Recovery, Kelle Mann Davis, Gulfgate Animal Hospital, AC Boarding & Grooming, Natural Pawz – Sage, Ernie Zenteno, Mike Dominquez, Holly McDonald, Carole Yunkers and the many supporters and donators for these precious rescues. We thank you. 

Help the Barrio Dogs' Program at Fletcher Mission

Barrio Dogs of Houston is teaming up with Sophie’s Doggie Spa to educate the youth in their community on animal welfare.  The downtown Fletcher Mission is inviting us for a Barrio Dogs Youth Education Day.  The Fletcher Mission helps the youth in this community where animal abuse and neglect is in abundance. 

Our first event is to provide an educational presentation to approximately 50 children.  Our goal is to make a change and stop the cycle of animal neglect in this community and many more.

In order to make this event a success we are asking for your support.  Below is our “Wish List” items.  Would be helpful to have before or on the day of the event, Wednesday, September 28th.  You can also make donations to Barrio Dogs of Houston via PayPal/Google, here. All donations are tax deductible.


We have several books on our list, one is (Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays).  This one and several others can be purchased online, here.

Gift Cards to Hobby Lobby or Michaels to purchase gift bags and educational items.
Gift Cards to Sam’s Club to help with providing snacks and drinks.

Gloria Zenteno – Founder of Barrio Dogs of Houston
Anna Bermudez – Owner of Sophie’s Doggie Spa
For more information, contact

Friday, September 2, 2011

Adopted, Part 5

Lucky and his new family
Gigi and her new mom

Rescue "Damian" Means Hope for Us

Yes, we cannot take in another, but we also cannot turn our back on this neglect.  We are calling our new Barrio Dogs rescue “Damian”.  Ms. Damian was the finder and rescuer and Barrio Dogs is committed to his vet and boarding care.  He was discovered with a family in Mason Park Terrace, Greater East End Houston.  The resident was starving and doing nothing positive for Damian.  He deserves and will receive only positive hope now.  He was taken to Gulfgate Animal Hospital, where he started his treatment for scarcoptic mange, given a medicated bath, antibiotics for his skin, plus medicated drops for his eyes.  He is on his way to feeling better.  Please help us with the long journey of care for Damian.

The resident has been reported to the authorities and our hopes is they will never do this again.

HOW TO GIVE: Donations can be made via our website at PayPal/Google, or mailed to:

Barrio Dogs of Houston
P.O. Box 230677
Houston, TX  77223-0677