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WELCOME TO BARC! New Volunteer Orientation!

In addition to BARC’s dedicated staff, BARC relies on teams of trained, responsible volunteers to provide extra care and services to the public and our animals housed at BARC. 

Being a volunteer is extremely rewarding, educational and fun. You can have a significant positive impact on the lives of homeless animals. Giving a puppy a bath, reading to cats, or taking a dog for a walk will touch your heart and keep you coming back for more. It’s especially rewarding to see how the animals respond immediately to the love they receive while they are at the shelter.

Here’s what you need to do to begin your volunteer journey at BARC! 

Step 1 - watch a short presentation about BARC's mission and volunteer opportunities 

Step 2 - schedule BARC Shelter Orientation and Tour.  The orientation and tour take approximately 2.5 hours.

Step 3 - schedule your first volunteer shift/hands-on orientation

IMPORTANT! Please read all of the following to ensure you’re eligible to attend orientation!

  • You must be 13 years or older to volunteer at BARC.  Volunteers under 16yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent while on site.
  • Attendees under 18 must be accompanied to the Volunteer Orientation by a parent or guardian.

IF YOU ARE LOGGING SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS, YOU MUST COMMIT TO AT LEAST 25 HOURS OF SERVICE in order TO ATTEND ORIENTATION.


 

 

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Cat Castle - Don Sanders Center for Cats & Kittens

Don Sanders Center for Cats & Kittens

 

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1) Read First: Cat Cleaning Protocols 0
2) Read First - Cat Handling 1
3) Read First - Stress Reduction and Shy cats 1
Extra Information: Free Roaming Cat Room Intro 1

Shelter Photography


 

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Bio Writing Information 1
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Upcoming Training Classes

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For The Love of Cats 1 2/29/2020 2/29/2020

Volunteer Leadership

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A) Volunteer Handbook 1

Mission Statement

The BARC Vision

Our vision is to be the nationally recognized model of excellence in animal care and placement where city governments throughout the United States see BARC as the beacon of best practices dedicated to delivering humane, efficient and high quality service.

 

The BARC Mission

Our mission is to promote humane animal care and protect Public Health and Safety in the City of Houston, including shelter, pet placement, ownership, education and enforcement. Critical to our mission is excellence in everything we do.