Houston Matters

How Realistic Would It Be for More Animal Shelters to Become No-Kill?

Posted on · Greater Houston has a well-documented stray animal problem. And area animal shelters face the challenge trying to care for and place many of those animals. The city’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, or BARC, is required to accept stray animals. BARC has the capacity to care for about 550 at a time, but collects about a third […]

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Homeless Count, No Kill Animal Shelters, and Zola Jesus: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Posted on · Last night, more than 500 volunteers took to the streets throughout Houston as part of an annual homeless count undertaken by the Coalition for the Homeless, to collect hard data about the number and characteristics of the area’s homeless community. That data is expected to be released in a few months. On this edition of Houston […]

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Strays, The Houston Sun, & the Bayou City Arts Fest: Houston Matters for Thurs., March 27, 2014

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston City Council passed an animal control measure by a 15 to 1 vote (with one council member absent). The measure sets into motion policy changes designed to help Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) better address our ongoing challenges with dangerous animals. Currently, the department doesn’t have enough officers or […]