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Bark at the Art on Nov. 9 for Highland Lakes Canine Rescue

Devin Osbourne with Survivor

Devin Osbourn, lab technician and social media director for Highland Lakes Canine Rescue with Basset hound mix Survivor. The dog arrived at the Marble Falls-area rescue facility overweight and fearful of humans. Quality time with volunteers and staff has restored his trust in humans, Osbourn said. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman

Tickets are on sale for Highland Lakes Canine Rescue’s annual Bark at the Art dinner and auction, which is 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls.

Along with the main attractions, guests can participate in a heads-or-tails game for $25 per person and buy a chance to win jewelry. Tickets for the event are $225 per person or $1,600 for a table for eight.

The Marble Falls-area dog rescue, which is featured in the upcoming November issue of The Picayune Magazine, is a nonprofit organization that depends on grants, donations, and volunteers to care for the dogs that other shelters would have to put down because of their health. Eighty percent of the shelter’s animal population has special medical needs.  

“We have found now that we are filling a gap that exists in the system,” said Jeanette Murphy, a member of the Highland Lakes Canine Rescue Board of Directors. “We help the big public shelters open up space so they can take in more dogs while we take these dogs that need a little more time, a little more attention.” 

Along with the dinner and art auction, other ways to help the shelter include: 

  • Donating food — Because of the special needs of the animals, the facility asks for any of six standard diets: senior, puppy, sensitive skin, grain-free, adult, and small bites. Check out the online wish list at
  • Donating medications — Antibiotics and leftover medications for heartworm, fleas, and ticks can make a big difference in a sick dog’s quality of life. Call 830-693-0569.
  • Donating money — Donations are accepted anytime and are easy to make online.
  • Volunteering time — Opportunities include advocates for adoption and adoption follow-up, coordinators for social media, events, and inventory, graphic design support, dog transport, newsletter editor, photographers and videographers, and database upkeep. Of course, those who want to work with the animals can do so with just a little training. Find out more at
  • Fostering — Every dog going into a foster home makes room for another dog that needs more medical attention. Fostering saves dogs’ lives. Text HLCRFOSTER to 41444 to learn more. 
  • Adopting — Check out Dog of the Week in The Daily, an email newsletter for, or call the Canine Rescue at 830-693-0569 to find out about available dogs. Fill out an application, have a phone conversation, and come meet your new family member.