Friends of BARC was founded in 2003 by a group of animal lovers looking to support the humane care and treatment of the animals residing at BARC—the City of Houston Animal Shelter—and to help them find a chance for a better life. While BARC is fully funded with taxpayer funds, Friends of BARC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is funded 100% by donations. All donations made to our group are used to help the animals residing at the shelter. In addition to sponsoring weekly adoption events, we step in and help when the city budget is unable to support the needs of the animals. Once a place nobody wanted to visit, BARC has gone through many changes over the past few years and has become a place where families venture to look for a new family member—of the 4 legged kind! Friends of BARC is proud to be a part of this change and we look forward to many other positive efforts to support animal rescue. Our group has grown over the years and many BARC animals have benefited from our help—but we need your help to do more!