Sunday, March 25, 2012

Youth and Paws at DRAW Academy

Barrio Dogs visited DRAW Academy recently as part of the Youth and Paws program. Volunteer Maria Ivanez and rescue dog Henry had a full house of students interested in learning more about the importance of proper animal care. We had a wonderful time with the students at DRAW Academy and hope to visit again!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program

Do you shop at Kroger? If you do, you can help us raise money. Please print this form and take with you on your next trip. At the register, ask them to scan the bar code and then scan your Kroger Plus card and it permanently links it to your card. From that day forward,every time you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card, a donation will be sent to us. The current bar code expires at the of April and we’ll have to do this again but the next one will good for a year. Please share with anyone you know who shops at Kroger!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Barrio Dogs Myth Series - Myth #1

Myth #1: Barrio Dogs is a rescue group.

We are actually NOT a rescue group. In fact, we are only an animal group at all by proxy. We are actually a “people” group. Our mission is to educate and empower people so that they will take better care of their dogs and the dogs living in their community, homeless or otherwise, and in doing so, better their community. We love dogs and we hate seeing the crisis that they are enduring in the Greater East End. We love rescue groups and we think there is a real need and place for them in the world. But we could scoop up every single homeless dog in the entire East End this evening and by tomorrow morning, 10 more will have been dumped and abandoned and the problem would live on through breeding of those dogs.

We believe strongly that changing the mindset of people in our community towards dogs is the only way to solve this problem. We teach spay/neuter, use of leashes and fences, no chains, proper nutrition and vaccinations. We speak about not tolerating cruelty and neglect of animals and report, report, report when you know of a situation. And we offer assistance in the form of vetting for people willing to foster homeless animals, literature for those willing to share our message and reporting resources to those who know of a cruelty situation.

We realize that because we have dogs in our program that we are adopting out, our role in the animal crisis is a bit confusing. Let’s just say that there have been cases where it was simply inhumane to pass a dog by and we felt we had to intervene. But our message is bigger than that, our focus is not on rescue work and to be frank, we don’t have funds to support that line of work.

Next - Myth #2: Barrio Dogs has a long list of people ready and wanting to foster and we just don’t have enough dogs to give them.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tales to Tails at Browning Elementary

We had a wonderful afternoon recently at Browning Elementary.We hope to be back to visit again soon.
Therapy dog and R.E.A.D Ambassador Chloe heard some good stories

The pleasant weather allowed us to hold the sessions outside in Browning's garden area

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Spay, Neuter and Vetting Resources in Houston

We often get asked about low-cost spay/neuter and vetting in Houston. Here are is a list of some relatively low cost resources. We have used some of these resources; others were referred by friends or we found on the internet. If you have used any good, low cost vets or vet clinics in the area or have comments about the list, please let us know.

Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and Animal Wellness Clinic (
1801 Durham, Houston 77007

Spay/Houston (
412F N. Sam Houston Parkway E, Houston 77060

Houston Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic (
14700 Almeda Road, Houston 77053

The Greater Good (
1195 Katy Freeway, Houston 77079

Gulfgate Animal Hospital
216 Winkler Drive, Houston 77087

Long Drive Dog & Cat Hospital
7327 Long Dr, Houston 77087