BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions

Our Numbers At A Glance

As the municipal animal shelter in the fourth largest City in the United Sates, BARC has numerous initiatives occurring simultaneously: Animal Control, pet licensing, outreach, education, spay/neuter, and many, many more. So, we designed a monthly one-page summary with statistics of all of our initiatives in each area of the organization. We will publish a new document at the beginning of each month.

NOTE ABOUT LIVE RELEASE: As you will see below, there are many initiatives that contribute to our live release results, including adoptions, foster/rescue, return-to-owner, trap-neuter-return and more. When BARC first began its transformation, most of the live release focus was placed on adoptions. Since then, we have discovered that saving lives is far broader than just adoptions. Our foster, rescue, trap-neuter-return and return-to-owner programs are extremely effective and give animals numerous avenues for which to find safe, forever homes. When you view our live release numbers, be sure to look carefully at all of our live initiatives as a whole!

NOTE ABOUT HOUSTON'S STRAY POPULATION: The American Veterinary Medical Association says that Houston should have 1,048,100 owned dogs and cats in the city limits with a human population of 2.23 million. (

The North Shore Animal League is the self-proclaimed world’s largest No Kill animal rescue and adoption organization. The North Shore Animal League says that each day 10,000 people are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Animals are reproducing at alarming rates. If half of these animals live that's 12,775,000 animals born in the U.S. each year. Even if only 33% survive, that is still a whopping 8,431,500 animals born in the U.S. each year.  The North Shore Animal League also says that a female cat, her mate and their offspring, with 2.8 cats surviving from each litter can produce over 11,000,000 cats in nine years…. See it here at

The ASPCA says: It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million. (

4.25 million People live in Harris County which is 1.36% of the total population of the U.S. (4.25M/311M = .0136 or 1.36%). If the stray cat population (70 million) mirrors the U.S. population, then 952,000 (70 million * .0136 = 952,000) stray cats live in and around Houston.  If you add about 300,000 stray dogs (or owned dogs allowed to roam) then Houston has over 1.2 million stray animals.

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