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BARC Sees Massive Puppy Intake, Seeks New Participants for Foster Program to Free Nursery Space. Twenty Long-Time Dogs and Cats Available for Adoption.

January 14, 2011 - BARC, the City of Houston's animal shelter, experienced a large intake of young puppies over the last three days of this week.  The intake was overwhelmingly due to owners of non-altered animals turning in new litters.  Due to the fact that young dogs do not have sufficiently developed immune systems to protect them from disease, BARC segregates puppies in its Nursery Ward.  The Nursery is currently beyond capacity due to intake this week. 

BARC is seeking new participants for its foster program, which is designed to remove animals from the shelter environment until the dogs can be fully vaccinated and made available for adoption.  BARC has recently expanded foster elibility; first-time fosters who have not attended the initial mandatory monthly Foster Orientation class may foster if they are affiliated with a registered Rescue Organization or receive a briefing from one of BARC's Outreach Coordinators. 

BARC also has 20 animals, 3 cats and 17 dogs, which have been at the shelter for an extended time and are eligible for adoption.  The cats have each been at BARC for more than 100 days, and the dogs for at least 60.  These future pets and all other BARC animals eligible for adoption may be viewed on BARC's website at www.houstonbarc.com.  BARC hopes that Houston residents will decide to come see the animals in person this weekend, even if they aren't ready to adopt or foster.  Friends of BARC will be hosting the weekly Wags to Whiskers BARC blowout on Saturday and Sunday, offering free food and drinks to visitors.  Come share some service with BARC future pets!

Interested individuals may view adoptable animals by following the PetFinder link on BARC's new website at www.houstonbarc.com or on BARC's Facebook page.  Houstonians who desire to support the shelter financially may make tax-deductible gifts in the form of cash, check, or money order.  Per recently passed City ordinance, all donations made to the shelter may only be used for BARC animals and BARC programs.

The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help the BARC Houston shelter, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly.  We encourage everyone to visit the new www.houstonbarc.com.