Unwanted Dogs in Houston Texas lose a good friend - Jim Burwell’s Petiquette

I read in the Houston Chronicle this week that Kent Robertson has resigned his post as Bureau Chief of BARC (Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care) effective August 22, 2008.

I’m going to miss him and what he’s done for the animals.  Because of Kent Robertson, the stray and unwanted animals of Houston Texas have a cleaner, dryer place to stay.  And, despite the budget hardships he faced, Kent connected with the community and generated donations on his own, miraculously pulling donations out of the hat as if they were rabbits. 

He managed to get new trucks, fencing for play areas for the shelter dogs and much, much more.  I worked with him on the Mayor’s Committee or Task Force to investigate making Houston a “No Kill” city and know first hand, how difficult it was to get things done.

Kent was able to make a difference in the lives of many animals.  Cooper (aka 3 legs) for one, owes so much to so many – especially Kent Robertson.  Kent assisted in his humane rescue from a serious situation.  Despite Cooper’s broken back leg he had been dragging around for a year, he had eluded capture by neighbors desperately trying to get him medical aid.  Then, Kent Robertson, with the aid of Kentucky Fried Chicken, had this little Christmas pup safe and sound at BARC within an hour.  The rest is history as seen in this link


I want to thank you Kent, for raising the bar for the next Bureau Chief and for pointing us in a good direction for the future.  You inspired me and gave me hope for the animals.  Time will tell.  Sadly, though, time does not wait for the animals.