Success Story Sunday – Junie B (formerly Sheila)

Although she left Texas as Sheila, this playful, affectionate puppy quickly earned a more fitting name from her forever family – Junie B. Just like her children’s book namesake, Junie B is curious and into absolutely everything. She loves playing with new nine and thirteen year old human siblings, and her new mom Dana says that she is growing like crazy and amazingly agile and fast. We’re so happy to hear that Junie B is the “epitome of a healthy, happy dog!”

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Living Up To His Name

Hardy, one of the dogs in our program, is aptly named, as he embodies bravery and determination. Here’s what our friends at Homeless Pet Placement League have to say about him:

HPPL loves to help “broken” animals. When our good friends at Rescued Pets Movement told us about Hardy and asked if we might want to underwrite some surgery for this guy’s broken femur, we said “sure.” Hardy had a smile on his face as he was driven to the vet, but he wasn’t overly happy with that big bandage and the pin in his leg. The good news is that just a few days ago, the bandage was removed and the vet said two more weeks for the bones to fuse before the pin comes out. Both Hardy, HPPL and RPM are looking forward to that day. Don’t worry, there will be more happy pictures then.

Hardy the day he left BARC.


Brave Hardy.

We know Hardy is going to continue healing and be in his forever home soon. Thank you, Sharon, for fostering him, and thank you very much, HPPL, for so often partnering with us to create better lives for Houston’s dogs and cats!

Come Saturday Morning

Because of the holidays, several of the dates our dogs and cats traveled weren’t on the regular schedule, and that can be a good thing. We were able to see a lot of our fantastic volunteers and fosters at transport who we don’t usually get to see, along with those of you who are able to be there week after week, all of you doing your best to help the transport go smoothly and show these dogs and cats the love and care they deserve. It’s a great reminder of how many of you are working so hard behind the scenes every week to save lives. You inspire us and renew our energy and enthusiasm more than you can ever know. Thank you!

Saturday dawned with fierce thunderstorms, but nature was kind enough to give our doggies a break when it was time for them to board the vans. Here are the dogs who made that long journey to their forever homes.

In that last set of photos, you can see some of the people who answered our call for help on Saturday. We’re in the last stages of getting the Jack C. Alexander Building open, and we needed help getting everything out of there so the floor people and painters can start their work. Boy, did you guys deliver! Thank you so much for all the help, including the heavy lifting, shifting kennels and crates, bagging the clean laundry that keeps our pets comfortable on their trips, and organizing all the things. Amazing!

Success Story Sunday – Zorro

Sweet Zorro was a length of stay pup at BARC – he had been allowed a short time in the Adoption Center, but hadn’t managed to find his forever home in Houston. RPM was able to pull and send him to one of our rescue partners in Colorado, where he was adopted to a young family that happened to be from Texas too! His new mom, Crystal, is pregnant and wanted a companion to live with her and their two cats while his new dad works a rotational schedule in the oilfield. Zorro has fit right in to his new life. He hasn’t had any accidents, never barks, and sleeps in bed with Crystal and the kitties. In fact, her only complaint is that he is too quiet and friendly!

I was hoping he would bark when people come, but he just licks everyone to death and never barks. [I was thinking if I get a little dog,] it would bark and people would be leery because they would see Zorro.

No doubt Zorro would love a little buddy, and will be a great big brother when the baby arrives. We’re so happy to know that Zorro has settled with a great family, and a fellow Texan at that!

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