A Chance To Bloom Dog Rescue was a 501c3 non-profit dog rescue located in Conroe, Texas. Barbara was not an original founder of this rescue, but joined the board some time in 2017. The president of the rescue also owned a boarding facility, Dogtown Texas. This warehouse also housed some of the rescue dogs.
At the start of A Chance to Bloom (ACTB), the rescue was small and reputable. The rescue only took in a manageable number of dogs and focused on healing them and placing them in homes before committing to more.
Around 2017, after Barbara joined, the rescue began to grow at an alarming rate. New dogs were being sent to Dogtown often, sometimes in groups. ACTB's social media presence grew as well, bringing in more support and donations to the group. Barbara rarely visited Dogtown at this point, except to drop off dogs.
By 2019, things with the rescue were out of control. Dogtown became overrun with rescue dogs, so much so that the boarding facility only had a small amount of room to board client dogs.
It was later learned that Barbara also had an unhealthy amount of dogs in her home and there were dogs in foster homes all over the Metro Houston area. The total amount of dogs in the program is still unknown.
The employees and volunteers at Dogtown became extremely concerned when after years, many of the dogs at the warehouse were not adopted. Most were still in need of veterinary care and more and more dogs were being sent to live in the filthy, rundown building. Dogs were dying, being euthanized for questionable reasons and becoming visibly distressed. The dogs that were lucky enough to get group play time were attacking and injuring each other severely. The dogs that were known to have behavioral issues or who were medically frail, were only allowed outside for minutes each day. All of the dogs were suffering and things were getting worse. To top it off, it was suspected that the donations were being used for personal expenses. This was later proven to be the case. ( All of this info was andncan still be verified and confirmed by multiple ex volunteer and employees of dogtown)
Once the employees brought this to Barbara’s attention in hopes that she could help since she was a board member and in charge of ACTB social media, she launched an attack on the president and owner of Dogtown. She claimed to have no knowledge of any of the issues at Dogtown and vowed to finally get the dogs there the help they should have been given all along.
After exposing the wrongdoings of the president on Facebook and proclaiming her innocence, Barb managed to get Dogtown shut down. The owner was months behind in rent, hadn’t filed taxes for the rescue in years and had lost the nonprofit status due to this.
Something that has since happened with Doggedly.
In December 2019, the president of ACTB was evicted and surrendered all 37 dogs at the warehouse to animal control. Within two days, Barbara pulled all the dogs using another rescue’s 501c3 privileges. The dogs were moved to Katy Dog Suites, where many still remain. Many still left with medical needs unmet and in need of Heartworm treatment.
Barbara's personal signature that she created for herself - calling herself a board member, despite claims that she was not
We keep hearing that number from Barbara of Doggedly Dog Rescue Society and her supporters.
She "singlehandedly took 100 (or more depending on the day) dogs from A Chance To Bloom and the DogTown eviction at once."
So therefore, hoarding dogs is okay. And since there are a lot of stray and homeless dogs in Texas apparently that means the ones who come into "rescue" should be glad they aren’t dead and deserve subpar care.
So let's break it down:
The following dogs were pulled from the shelter after the eviction of DogTown:
These are their statuses as we know them as of 12/2022. Please note that Katy dog suites was shut down in August 2022.
1.) Gwen - Boarding?/Barb's house???
2.) Balboa - Adopted in Washington
3.) Leroy - Rescue Transfer
4.) Captain - Adopted in Washington
5.) Sprout - Adopted in Washington
6.) Rosemary - Adopted in Washington
7.) Shyla - Adopted in Washington
8.) Mona - Listed on Petfinder for Adoption 12/2022
9.) Keke - Adopted in Washington with Undisclosed medical issues
10.) Jewels - Adopted in Washington
11.) Lois - Humanely euthanized
12.) Maddie - Boarding?/Barb's house???
13.) Sister - Boarding?/Barb's house???
14.) Cora - Adopted in Washington
15.) Four - Adopted in Washington
16.) Butter - Adopted in Washington
17.) Emma - Adopted in Washington 2022
18.) Atlanta - Boarding?/Barb's house???
19.) Savannah - Boarding?/Barb's house???
20.) Indy - Being fostered in Washington as of Jan 2023- Having behavioral issues undisclosed to foster
21.) Porkchop - Medically fragile cancer dog who died in boarding
22.) Faye - Adopted in Washington
23.) Gertie - Adopted in Texas
24.) Leena - Rescue transfer - Passed away shortly after transfer
25.) Hoss - Medically fragile dog who died in boarding
26.) Frankie - Adopted in Washington with undisclosed behavioral issues
27.) Sybil - Boarding?/Barb's house???
28.) Branch - Boarding?/Barb's house???
29.) Danny - Adopted in Washington
30.) Happy - Adopted in Washington
31.) Steel (Steve) – Adopted in Washington with undisclosed behavioral issues
32.) Rhino - Adopted in Washington - Passed away
33.) Adira - Adopted in Washington
34.) Elmo - Adopted in Washington
35.) Lennox - Adopted in NJ - Passed away
37.) Kiya - Adopted in Canada
38.) Little Dude- Reclaimed by his original adopter
Already in a foster home prior to the eviction
39.) Meme - dumped with foster
40.) Rubble - Adopted in Washington - Passed away
Dogs "abandon in boarding by Jessica" that Barb claimed to have no knowledge of even though she was boarding her own dogs (prior to the DogTown eviction) in the SAME boarding facility:
41.) Skye (Luna) - Adopted in Washinton 3/2022 - Arrived in poor condition per photos posted by adopter.
42.) Clarke - Boarding/Barb's house???
43.) Buttons - Adopted in TX
44.) Jett - Adopted in Washington
45.) Saylor - Adopted in Washington
46.) Rufus - Boarding?/Barb's house???
47.) Leo - Adopted in Washington, passed away
48.) Maddox - Adopted in TX
That's 48 dogs if my math is correct.
So where did the number 100 come from?
Screenshot from a conversation between Barbara and Jessica, the president of ACTB. Jessica shows concern about the amount of dogs at Dogtown and barbara ignores her concern.