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BARC will Expand Hours this Saturday to Host Foster Expo & First Adopt-a-thon to Promote Foster Care & Adoptions

March 24, 2011 - BARC Houston, the City's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, invites Houston-area residents to the facility for a special event to close out March 2011.  Spring time is puppy and kitten “season” and BARC historically sees a massive spike in animal intake to our facility during this time of year.  This year, BARC is hosting an event designed to equip the shelter, and the Houston community, to save more lives this summer and fall. 

On Saturday March 26th, BARC will extend its operating hours to 10 am – 8 pm for a special Foster Expo & Pet Adopt-A-Thon event at the 3200 Carr Street location.  The goals for this event are to  recruit foster homes, increase pet adoptions, train new volunteers, encourage donations and educate the public on responsible pet ownership.  Visitors will be able to take advantage of discounted pet adoptions, enjoy booths with local vendors, receive informational pet care tips, participate in various training classes and much more.

BARC has returned 539 pets to their owners over the last six months, but we know that many more animals that stay at the shelter for extended periods of time have owners that we simply cannot find.  Pet microchipping and licensing helps BARC to reunite lost pets with their homes.  Friends of BARC will be offering discounted pet microchipping at BARC this Saturday.  Every Animal Control Officer has a microchip scanner to scan the animals they impound in the field.  If an Officer detects a microchip, BARC initiates the process to contact the owner and reunite a pet with its family the same day. 

Pet license fees support the return of lost dogs and cats to their homes and help adopt homeless dogs and cats to new families. Other services funded by pet licensing are the prevention of animal neglect or cruelty, spay/neuter programs, over-population programs, and community education services. The funds from these fees helps to increase the chances that animals at BARC will find permanent homes with loving families.  A microchip and City of Houston license can be a pet's ticket home to its family, which also allows BARC to focus on finding new homes for strays or animals that are turned in by owners.

BARC is working to expand its base of foster homes for animals that are delivered to the shelter.  We have developed a Foster Food Pantry to supply foster homes with quality pet food, and BARC veterinary staff also provides much of the medical services free of charge to foster partners such as: spay/neuter procedures; vaccinations; testing for heartworm, FELV and parvo; basic medications; and, treatement of minor illnesses. BARC will conduct foster training and familiarization classes this Saturday and low-cost foster service providers will be on hand to illustrate how powerful and cost-effective fostering a BARC animal can be.

This coming weekend is also the last weekend to take advantage of current pricing at BARC.  Recently, Houston City Council approved a citywide fee increase across many departments, including BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions.  New fees for BARC services go into effect April 1, 2011. All donations and fees collected by BARC are dedicated to the care of the homeless animals in its care and for special programs.

The BARC adoption fee includes services such as spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, City license, microchip and much more.  The adoption package of services equates to a retail value close to $850 as compared to similar services offered through breeders or veterinarians.  The BARC adoption fee remains the best value and lowest price in the City of Houston.  Discounts are continuing to be offered to Veteran’s and Senior Citizens. 

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 our website www.houstonbarc.com, and become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/BARCHouston.