About six years ago, a spark of good intent developed into the largest recorded endeavor of its kind in Houston, Texas. What started as only a four-week long effort to reduce the number of euthanized canines and felines turned into a year-round determination to make a real change. Highland Village owner, Haidar Barbouti, was eager to lend her facilities for a “Home for the Holidays” program developed by a small team of animal lovers. To their surprise, the number of volunteers reached the hundreds, and over a dozen local agencies came together for this common cause. This resulted in several hundred animals having their lives saved, thanks to adoption.
After being approached for the initial space needed for the project, Haidar decided to provide a permanent space for this endeavor. A rescue group by the name of Buster’s Friends’ formed and established the Highland Village Adoption Center non-profit organization about three years later, which is run by Deb Gerhardt. Her responsibilities include managing all employees, which happen to all be volunteers, devoted to the cause of saving animals’ lives. A considerable amount of financial support and backing has been directed towards the endeavor, which has been attributed to the continual success for the past years.
One of the mission’s goals is to rescue animals that have been abandoned by their previous owners. Other animals that have been adopted by Highland Village have been determined homeless for whatever reason. Many times, the line between these two situation is quite blurred. No matter what the story that may be told by the owners, unless the animal has been lost, there are no excuses. If an animal is lost, there should be routine checks with local agencies responsible for picking up animals on the streets. These pets should be considered as family members when they go missing, instead of replaceable. Many pet owners give up their efforts as well when they lose hope in finding the animals again.
These efforts by the good folks at Highland Village Pet Adoption should set an example and inspire hope in the hearts and minds of all animal lovers in other parts of the country. Adoptions like the ones they are responsible add another chapter to the lives of these precious animals that would not have existed haidarbarbouti.organ not, the animals in these conditions will not get a second chance, and this is truly heartbreaking. Social awareness on the success of such projects as this should be heightened in order to keep the number of euthanized animals at a minimum. Many of these pets never get a true chance to live a fulfilled life before becoming dislocated without the efforts of people like the rescue centers in Houston.