Barrio Dogs will be celebrating thirteen years of work in Houston’s East End on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Bohemeo’s. The annual event with music, food, raffles and lots of friends is an important milestone and fundraiser for the organization. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Once again, the celebration is being held in conjunction with Pedal for Paws, a popular bicycle tour of the East End's historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. Pedal for Paws starts at 10AM and the party begins afterward from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm. Pre-registration is recommended for the bicycle tour; a link can be found on Barrio Dogs’ website.
The theme for this year’s celebration is milagros. The word milagro in Spanish means “miracle” or “surprise” and people use milagros as symbols to wish others good luck, good health, and hope for the future. For Barrio Dogs, milagro not only means hope but also gratitude for the kindness, support and good luck that has kept them going since 2010.
Barrio Dogs has worked in Houston's East End since 2010 to raise awareness of the community's persistent animal welfare problems including overpopulation, neglect and abuse. Through their FixIt program, they provide free spay neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchips for East End pets. Youth and Paws is a program where volunteers visit schools and share information with students about pet care and the proper treatment of animals. Neighborhood Advocates is an initiative to foster change within communities by helping residents share their animal welfare concerns with their neighbors, civic associations and elected officials and in the process, build momentum for much-needed change.