Chris Newport

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Controversial Pet Law Wins Approval

    If you've been procrastinating getting your pet chipped or licensed, now's the time to hop to it. The Houston city council today approved an amendment that eliminates a 30-day hold for prior pet owners before the city can get ownership of your pet. Life and death decisions on pets held at BARC An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    City Council to Vote Wednesday on Controversial Pet Law

    The Houston City Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on an ordinance dictating when the city may take possession of animals that wind up in the city pound. Currently, the law provides a 30-day period for a prior owner to reclaim a pet, even if it's been adopted. Many in the rescue community, as ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2014

    On Gender and Paychecks

    Greg Abbott's past court fight against equal pay.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Should Owners Have 30 Days to Reclaim Lost Pets?

    The Houston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would eliminate a 30-day redemption period in the animal control ordinance allowing prior owners to reclaim animals that wind up in the city pound. Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care officials proposed the amendment after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    City Investigating Claims that Animal Planet Show Illegally Brought Bats into Salon

    Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is investigating whether bats brought into a Montrose beauty salon in 2013 for the show Call of the Wildman violated a city ordinance. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lodged the complaint after reading a Mother Jones expose about how the sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    BARC and Rescued Pets Movement Giving Animals a Rocky Mountain High

    Some homeless Houston cats and dogs will be finding new homes in Colorado, thanks to the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care and the Rescued Pets Movement. "There is a high demand for pets in Colorado, and Houston has the supply," according to a BARC press release. "RPM has set a goal to transpor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Check Out The Critters at BARC's Super-Mega-Ultra-Cosmic Pet Adoption Drive Saturday

    You can add kick-ass dogs and cats to your shopping list if you go to H-E-B Montrose Market this Saturday -- the Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is bringing more than 75 critters for its Furry Invasion of Cosmic Companions adoption drive. The event is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. BARC took in m ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    There are a lot of things Houstonians hate. Humidity. Bad barbecue. The city of Dallas. But there are few more contentious topics in the Bayou City than valet parking. When I first moved here, the whole valet situation was confusing to me. We're not New York City. We do have parking spaces here. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Puppy Overload At BARC! Cuteness Levels Spiking!!

    The dude (dudette?) above looks like he just got a look in the mirror and discovered that someone's slapped a green scarf on him. St. Patrick's Day is cool and all, but running with the guys while sporting fashion from Le Chez de Charles Nelson Reilly isn't going to win any macho points. But sacrif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Meet Sunny: From BARC to Broadway

    ZZ Top, Dennis Quaid, Heaven's Gate cult co-founder Marshall Applewhite -- Houston has exported its share of talented entertainers, and now we'd like to add one more to the list: a Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care adoptee named Sunny who will perform on Broadway in "Annie." The 2.5-yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Secret Santas Covering BARC Adoption Fees For Long-Termers

    Some animals could sure use a home this Christmas. Hint freakin' hint. ​Some anonymous Good Samaritans and a local business have stepped up to cover adoption fees for some long-term cats and dogs at Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. In a remarkable display of awesomeness, one se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Big Weekend for Pet Adoptions in Houston

    ​We're going to go ahead and make a terrible "raining cats and dogs" joke because there's simply no other way to describe the mondo pet adoption opportunities Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is sponsoring this weekend.

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    BARC Sued By Another Whistleblower; Still Stonewalling On Releasing Information

    You said you would change, BARC​A former Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care employee filed a whistleblower suit against the City of Houston Tuesday, claiming she was fired after she notified investigators of animal cruelty and record-tampering. Hope Bennett's complaint states that she  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Gil Costas: Fired BARC Whistleblower Gets $70K From The City

    Photo by blue_sharpieThis guy's got questions​Houston City Council members Wednesday approved a $70,000 settlement with a former Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care veterinarian who filed a whistleblower suit against the city in 2009.Gil Costas was fired in February 2009 for what a BARC spokesper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    BARC Angers Europe, According To A Petition

    Aux armes, citoyens!! Fermez le BARC!!​More than 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for new leadership at Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, according to No Kill Houston President Bett Sundemeyer, who organized the petition drive. She also claimed in a press release that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Overcrowding Crisis Hits BARC

    Photo by Robyn Arouty​The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is packed to an "unsustainable" level, so if you've been thinking about fostering or adopting, get thee to the shelter, stat.The facility "has experienced a drastic increase in the number of animals turned into the shelter in the previ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    BARC Vet Who Helped In Controversial Case Has A Reprimand On Her Record

    ​The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's chief vet, who was instrumental in the decision to operate in-house on a severely injured dog -- who did not survive surgery -- was reprimanded by Virginia's veterinary board in 2007.According to documents filed with the Virgina's Department of Health Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    A Dog With Horrible Eye Injuries Creates BARC Controversy

    ​With a history of mismanagement, reckless disregard and outright abuse under its belt, the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care has its work cut out for it when it comes to righting wrongs.Houston's devoted and vocal animal rescue community has been integral in instituting a change in command -- ... More >>