Houston, Texas is mourning the loss of one of their own. Cary Robinson, 61, was known and loved in the area for his writing, good-natured personality, and volunteer work with BARC, a Houston-area animal shelter.
“If you visited BARC on a Saturday or Sunday, you saw Cary Robinson at the shelter,” said Jill Archibald of Houston PetSet in an interview with FOX 26.
His friends and fellow volunteers knew him as the “Used Dog Salesman of the Year” for his humorous and empathetic videos of recently-arrived dogs at BARC.
He would give each an adjective, such as “Marvelous Melvin,” “Delightful Dakota,” or “Beautiful Blaze,” and give them pets and affection while encouraging viewers on social media to come down to BARC and adopt or foster.
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“[Robinson] photographed shelter dogs at BARC, showing their best side in hopes they would find their forever homes, a task that helped place hundreds of dogs into loving adoptive families,” reads his obituary.
As BARC was not a no-kill shelter, Robinson’s work was all the more important because he was often a pup’s last chance. His fellow volunteers noted that he had a special place in his heart for big, intimidating dogs and strove to show their soft side as photographer and advocate.
He also ran the Facebook group BARC Animals Available for Adoption, which showed success stories as well as dogs in need. His presence will, no doubt, be sorely missed by the friends, family, and animals that he made into his community.
Robinson was also celebrated for his writing, earning a Midwest Book Award for his novel series “The Dudley Files,” which centered around the titular canine protagonist, Dudley in “tails of mystery, intrigue, and comedy.”
Profits from the books “are donated to help find forever homes for Dudley’s cousins and friends,” according to Robinson’s site. His dogs L.E. and Medina were by his side when he passed peacefully in his sleep, and he was also fostering an additional six at the time of his death.
Houston PetSet has stepped in to care for them while they are rehomed, and is accepting donations here. If you are inspired by Cary’s dedication to dogs, volunteer at your local shelter or consider fostering!
His obituary also notes that “contributions in Cary’s memory may be made to any dog rescue organization or a charity of choice.” While Cary’s death is tragic, it also highlights the beauty of the life he lived and the many canine lives he helped save.
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