Maybe you saw BARC's recent cry for help, or maybe it was the heartbreaking No One's Dog photographic exhibit at Diverse Works that finally convinced you to take on a furry roommate fresh off the streets. In any case, you now realize that you are the proud guardian of a teenager bent on propagating ... More >>
A non-profit animal rescue group has negotiated the release of seven beagles who spent their lives being experimented on in a "border area lab." Beagle Freedom Project's press release states that the five females and two males "have never been outside, played with a toy, or experienced human affect ... More >>
More postal workers were bitten by dogs in Houston last year than in 61 other cities. In advance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which we all know kicks off May 18, the United States Postal Service has released statistics showing that Houston had 63 dog attacks of postal workers in 2013, out ... More >>
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 >>
Most of the year we use this blog to tell you about all the great food there is in Houston. We tell you what gifts to buy for the food-lovers on your list, where to eat a nice meal out and which hot restaurants are opening. But this time of year, we want to remind you that for many, these words ar ... More >>
Montgomery County residents on public assistance can have their male dogs non-surgically neutered for free December 22, thanks to a partnership among Montgomery County Spay Neuter Project, Texas Litter Control, Ark Charities, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ed Rinehart. That's right -- thanks to a drug ... More >>
You Have 51 animals in your home, claim to run a no-kill shelter and you write notes to your dead veterinarian? Sounds fine.
If you've been sitting around your pad, thinking to yourself, "Gee, I really should adopt a cat, but I should probably wait until the shelter is freaking overloaded with like a gazillion of 'em," then you're in luck! Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care took in 82 cats Tuesday -- 29 of wh ... More >>
Ray Price is a Texas music legend and a former roommate of Hank Williams. Rocks Off reached him by phone on his tour bus somewhere between Wisconsin and Nashville to talk about satellite radio, his love of stray dogs, and his show this Tuesday at Conroe's Crighton Theater. Rocks Off: How's the tour ... More >>
It appears that our old friend, alleged dog-flipper Tavarius Williams, is back to his old (alleged) ways: Craigslist and other online classifieds are littered with Williams's ads selling puppies of indeterminate origin, and it has some in the animal welfare community aghast. When we first wrote abo ... More >>
People dropping dogs off at the refuge trusted they were sending them to the best place possible. Not exactly.
A series of gruesome cat killings in several Inner Loop neighborhoods has gotten the attention of Crimestoppers. The killings, which date back to 2009, have occurred in the River Oaks, Montrose, and the Heights, and the area around Jaycees Park in Lazybrook / Timbergrove is a particular hotspot. ... More >>
Photo by HPDJames Rogers shot Mom, petsA 26-year-old man has been arrested for killing his mother, Houston police say. Reyna Rogers, 50, was shot several times in her westside townhome in the 3000 block of Las Palmas about 9 p.m. last night, HPD says. Her son, James Allen Rogers, was arrest ... More >>
All three of these DVDs were released in early December. They didn't make our cut then, but we thought we'd take one more look at them. The Found Footage Festival: Volume 1 (2004) and The Found Footage Festival: Volume 2 (2005) star Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher; Pickett and Prueher direct. The S ... More >>
Being something of a professional Thanksgiving guest -- we live too far away to host any family get-togethers, and frequently travel during the holidays -- I have seen some heinous holiday behavior over the years. You would think being a good guest, especially as an adult, would be second nature, ... More >>
Sad kitten is sadA veterinarian who left the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care after he was caught dispensing controlled substances without proper registration is now accused of botching routine surgeries on four kittens last week at his new job at a low-cost clinic. Marie Melancon told H ... More >>
BARCBurned, scarred and looking for a homeBARC has put out another warning that conditions are getting crowded and anyone coming in to adopt a pet would be really, really welcomed. They've also got a special one they're trying to give away, the dog pictured above, a black chow and German shep ... More >>
I, ChihuahuaThe Houston SPCA is about to get hit with an airlift of 30 homeless Chihuahuas from Los Angeles. Officials are unsure if the city can handle the sudden influx of cuteness, but apparently have determined it is worth the risk. Chihuahuas are as common in LA as independent movie pro ... More >>
Show off your schnauzer and raise money for a good cause at the same time
Wood NewtonSo over the weekend I reconnected with my stepfather Chip Phillips. As a good friend of the late Townes Van Zandt and a decades-long friend (and former long-time roadie for) Steve Earle, Chip's got plenty of good tales from the old days, such as this one from about 1978... Back the ... More >>
The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together
When the feds and local law-enforcement agencies busted a big dog-fighting ring a while back, there was much talk of the more than 100 dogs that had been "rescued." If by "rescued" you meant "Sent to Doggie Death Row," then they were indeed rescued. A commenter to our item on the arrests said the ... More >>
Most of the TV-viewing nation gets its sense of how Houston treats its pets from Animal Planet's Animal Cops: Houston. (How feel-good is it? The opening contains a warning about graphic content.) Now viewers will get a more uplifting version of us. At least those viewers who would actually miss out ... More >>
Kyle Held came from St. Louis to help. Kyle Held and Catherine Raymond must have driven Galveston’s west end back and forth 100 times this past week. They’re from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis; just two of the dozens of animal rescue personnel who flocked to the island from Michi ... More >>
Mans (and womans) best friend gets a workout
Hey you – yeah, you. You know what you need? A dog. Or a cat. Or a few of each. Pets kick ass, and they make you live longer, too. And right now, there are a bunch of loveable critters who need your help. Country Paws Rescue, a Hempstead animal shelter, has closed due to a lack of funds. All ado ... More >>
The UH School of Theatre & Dance joins Catastrophic Theatre to present the Houston premiere of this dark comedy
Pitchers, strippers, explosions, wrestlers, sick people, dying people, musicians, greyhounds, ferrets, catty hatin' and chicken-fried steak -- it was one helluva year.
Recognizing “star quality” when they saw it, Nine Lives rescued Morris the Cat in 1968 and put him in their commercials. That was almost 40 years ago. And would you believe it? The orange tabby is visiting Houston this weekend. Nine Lives, indeed. The celebrity cat is using his name for a good ... More >>
John B. Levine plays to your brainwaves
Houston Humane Society The fight over the 320 pit bulls begins today. There's an update to the unfortunate story of the 320 pit bulls that were recently confiscated in Liberty County. The widow of Thomas Weigner Jr., the dogs' owner who died after being shot in a home invasion, came forth to ... More >>
"Worried? Why? They said we all have a good shot." The Chron reports today that 300 pit bulls have been seized from a Liberty County residence. Some of the dawgs — suspected to be part of a large dogfighting ring — were left in outdoor kennels. Thomas Weigner, the owner of the property ... More >>
The tannenbaum gets a makeover at Buffalo Bayou ArtPark
Is Mr. K's the best we can do? Would you wish it on your best friend?
The Houston Rocket Power Dancers
Houston versus Dallas: We're family-run; they're chained up.
Anybody seen a marble megaphone? It's Sweeny's unlikely monument to school prayer.
All-girl quartet Kittie has more balls than the rest of Ozzfest 2000