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BARC Needs Houston's Help to Make Room for New Arrivals, Offers New Foster Program Participation Incentives

March 4, 2011 -BARC, the City of Houston's animal shelter, has only a few kennels left at its facility to house new animals.  Over the last fifteen days 973 animals have been turned into the shelter.  BARC has placed 487 of those animals in the same fifteen days in either new permanent homes via adoptions or temporary foster care.  We have five empty kennels as of this morning, prior to being open to the public which often means lines of owners turning in great pets they simply cannot or will not care for any longer.  BARC needs Houston's help!

BARC is trying particularly hard to find one special pup a new home.  A black chow and german shepherd mix male came to BARC after having been abandoned and burned by its former owner, who had moved.  The cruelty investigation unfortunately was unable to locate the owner to press charges, but BARC was able to treat his wound and he is now available for adoption.  This beautiful, friendly pup has grabbed the hearts of the shelter staff; although he will likely have a residual scar, his attitude is wonderful and is ready for a new start with a loving family.

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Fortunately, BARC has found a way to support foster care-givers by providing pet food and supplies.   The BARC Foster Food Pantry was started in December 2010 after an in-kind donation of over $10,000 worth of pet food and supplies was donated to BARC.  Now, BARC supports our valuable fosters by providing free dog and cat food, and other supplies.  The BARC Foster Food Pantry is funded solely by food donations.  If businesses would like to donate pet food or supplies, please contact Carlene Lormand at BARC.

Donations are currently received from Natural Pawz pet stores (7 locations) and one local Sam’s Club.   Volunteers from Yes! Prep Academy have worked tirelessly to unpack, sort, shelve and create an inventory of all the donated items.  Now fosters can come to BARC during business hours and collect needed items to help offset the personal expense that comes with fostering a sick or injured animal back to health.  You can help us help our fosters! Donations of food and new or used supplies are essential.  Monetary contributions may be given, and of course, volunteers are always needed. 

Items You Can Donate:

• Pet food and bowls
• Collars and leashes
• Crates and fencing
• Beds and linens
• Litter
• Flea Treatment

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.