American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    The Horse "Soring" Torture Show

    The cruel world the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is trying to shut down.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?

    The Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban against "soring" -- hurting show horses to exaggerate a high-stepping gait. The barbaric practice, which we'll describe in a moment, was barred by legisla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Rachael Ray Serves Up Big Bucks to Citizens for Animal Protection

    Citizens for Animal Protection has won $40,000 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a national contest where animal shelters try to raise their adoption numbers to win much-needed grant money. CAP "found homes for 1,807 pets during the three-month competition, an increase of 625 lives saved over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Houston Man Charged in 4-State Dogfighting Bust

    A Houston man arrested in a four-state, multi-agency investigation into dogfighting ring resulting in the seizure of 367 pitbulls won nearly $35,000 after one fight, according to a recently unsealed indictment. Demontt "Wheelchair" Allen, 37, and 11 others have been charged in an Alabama federal c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Music's Top 12 "Boner-Killers"

    The writers at Rocks Off are huge fans of boners, and we look for every excuse we can to write about them. We love terms like trouser snake and meat thermometer, and we're not afraid to say so, because boners are awesome. Even with half of the writers of this list sporting only X chromosomes, we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Annise Parker Running From Her Promise To Increase Spay-Neuter Programs, Critics Say

    Three Houston animal rescue groups are accusing Mayor Annise Parker of going against a plan to tackle animal overpopulation she came up with in 2007, when she was still the city's controller. Calling themselves Unity for a Solution, the groups -- Corridor Rescue, Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Proj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Annise Parker Tries to Get You to Adopt World's Saddest Cat

    Meet Callie!!! This wee ball o' fire is just about to bound out of Mayor Annise Parker's arms and straight into your heart with all the exuberance of a fun-lovin' furball!! Or, on the other hand, maybe she's the single most depressed cat ever seen. Her eyes: Either a sullen realization that the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Adoption Time: Are You On Team Annise Puppy Or Team Annise Kitty?

    The city and BARC are continuing their hard sell to win the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, and if that means getting the mayor to pose with cute widdle animals, she's up for the task. Not looking to limit potential adoptee's options, Mayor Annise Parker sat with a puppy and a kitty in a valiant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Look Out, Rachael Ray: Annise Parker Is Coming After Your $100,000 in ASPCA Cash

    Mayor Annise Parker announced today the kickoff to a plan to get 2,100 dogs and cats adopted out of Houston facilities in order to win a $100,000 grant sponsored by TV food guru Rachael Ray. Houston's BARC is one of 50 operations across the country to qualify as a finalist in the ASPCA Rachael Ray ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: Philanthropissed For the Good of Us All

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the rains have taken our backyard garden from "lush" to "primordial" in a big hurry. The house windows are covered over in thick creepers, strange sounds issue from the dense foliage, and something out there in the darkness has footf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Idol Beat: Male Fraud

    ​Steve Tyler wore a shirt with lips all over it. I couldn't decide if he was being knowingly self-referential or it was the work of the same costume designer who put him in that leotard in the "Love in an Elevator" video.neither way, it fulfilled its purpose of distracting me from the show for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Sad Yao Ming Is Sad

    Photo by Groovehouse. Photo illustrations by Monica Fuentes and Brittanie SheyYao Ming, contemplating his retirement and the existential quandries of life.​Like manna from the Meme Gods, we give you Sad Yao. This picture, taken during last night's fourth-straight Rockets loss, conveys all the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    The Mystery of the 14 Dead Dogs Dumped in North Houston

    ‚ÄčThe American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering to help Houston investigators in the search for whoever dumped 14 dead dogs under a sheet in northeast Houston. KTRK reported Wednesday that the bodies of the dogs, mostly adult shepherd mixes, were found that day near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Top 7 Couples' Costumes for Halloween

    Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. Check out past entries here, here and here. There's one thing -- or should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    More (Somewhat Meandering, But Nevertheless Entertaining) Tales Of BARC Incompetence

    Photo by Daniel KramerWe're pretty sure the dude who coined that phrase about a hard task being akin to "nailing jelly to a wall" wasn't referring to getting news out of BARC, but he could've been.For one thing, Health and Human Services did not tell the media when BARC hired its new chief, Ray Sim. ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Nathan Winograd, No-Kill & BARC

    Since its inception, Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care has been defined by mismanagement. Relegated to an unsightly corner of Houston's Fifth Ward, the facility, which operates with a staggeringly high 80-percent euthanasia rate, has been a historically low priority for Houston's leader ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Hounded by the Pound

    Plus: Tribute to Oliver, Wrapping It Up, Bigotry 101

  • Film

    November 5, 1998

    Rights Out

    Freedoms and order are at odds in the provocative Siege