As one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the country, Houston is growing in a whole host of ways. Most of these are unequivocally good for residents, whether that means the expanding number of companies headquartered there or the number of highly ranked schools and universities. Of course, growth and increasing scale do bring some challenges, as well.
Fortunately, the city also has a formidable philanthropic scene, with many giving, ambitious people of great energy devoting their time, resources, and talents to helping out with Houston’s problems. In some cases, these initiatives are of a high-profile, widely reported-upon sort, as with the efforts to improve safety and educational results at some of Houston’s most troubled schools.
Others are of a less noticeable, but nonetheless critical kind. Local real estate developer Haidar Barbouti, for example, has taken on a number of challenges, lending assistance that has helped to resolve problems that would otherwise have gone unaddressed.
Nearly a decade ago now, for example, it had become increasingly obvious that Houston had a real problem with stray animals. An unfortunate side effect of the city’s growth and dynamic nature is that a certain number of domestic pets are abandoned every year, and adopt pets life for these trusting creatures can truly become difficult.
Fortunately, the city is well equipped with shelters and kennels that take these animals in and care for them. On the other hand, helping these pets find new homes has frequently been a weak spot in the past, with facilities that were suitable for introducing families to abandoned pets being in short supply.
Haidar Barbouti stepped in to help fill this gap back in 2006. As reported on haidarbarbouti.org, Haidar Barbouti’s official website, the developer found some highly desirable space in one of his most successful and high-profile properties. Working with the members of what would become the Highland Village Animal Adoption Center, he established a space that is now used to help find homes for many of the dogs and cats that are abandoned every year.
Almost ten years later on, that facility is recognized as a critical part of Houston’s domestic animal support system. With thousands of loving dogs and cats having found new homes through the work done at the center, Houston’s animal abandonment problem is a fraction of what it might otherwise be. Even if efforts like these do not always receive the attention that some others do, it is clear that work of this sort is incredibly important to the city.