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BARC Hosts "Homeless Pet Weekend" - Where Adoptions Are Always Tax-Free, and Fosters are in BIG Demand!

August 19, 2011 - BARC, the City of Houston's animal shelter and adoption center, recently put out a call to action to Houstonians to respond to extremely high numbers of animals being brought in to the City’s facility.  Houston responded and set a record-breaking adoption month in July, 2011.  During July BARC took in 2,069 total animals, including 1,037 healthy adoptable animals.  Of the over 1,000 healthy adoptable animals, over 857 were adopted. 

As temperatures rise to triple digits in August, homelss, abandoned and stray animals can no longer fight to survive on their own, and even higher numbers of animals are being brought in to the already full facility.  So far this August, BARC is averaging an all-time high of nearly 130 animals brought to the shelter each day the facility is open.  Massive intake, coupled with a decreasing number of potential adopters and fosters visiting the facility and offsite adoption events has created yet another capacity crisis for BARC.    

In response, BARC is hosting “Homeless Pet Weekend” and challenging Houston once again to respond as we know they can by adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating.  "As Houston shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 19-21, 2011 – we invite those same shoppers to come to BARC where EVERY adoption is always tax-free and chock full of value, including spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, initial vetting, microchip, City License, free bag of Hill’s Science Diet food and so much more!," said Carlene Lormand, BARC Marketing & Outreach Manager, adding, "as families settle in to back-to-school routines, it can be a perfect time to introduce a new pet into the family structure." 

BARC is always seeking new participants for its foster care program, which is designed to remove animals from a shelter environment until the dogs or cats can be fully vaccinated, altered and made available for adoption.  Nearly any shelter animal can benefit from foster care, and fostering frees up much needed space at the BARC facility.  With additional foster parents, many more shelter animals can be adopted, and ultimately find their forever homes.  In fact, fostering can become a well-loved hobby.  The primary role of a foster care volunteer is to provide a safe, healthy environment for the pet and to socialize them in order to increase their adoptability.  Foster parents learn about their pet, promote the animal to their friends, families and social networks and become the voice and advocate for that animal's adoption.  BARC’s main goals are to adopt out as many animals as possible AND to reunite as many lost pets with their owners. BARC posts pictures of current animals on its website, www.houstonbarc.com, to help facilitate the search for adoptable and lost pets. BARC pets available for adoption may be viewed here.  For locations and hours of BARC offsite adoption events occuring this weekend, click here

And, as always, the BARC facility will host Friends of BARC's Wags to Whiskers adoption event at the BARC facility located at 3200 Carr Street on Saturday, August 20th from 12pm-4 pm.  Why worry about hosting your own barbecue in this heat when Friends of BARC will do the grilling for you?  Enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off grill and browse through more than 400 dogs and puppies and 300 cats and kittens in need of homes!!!  BARC relies on many great partnerships with animal rescue organizations, retailers and donors.  We thank them all for their service to BARC animals, especially during this time of need!

BARC knows Houston can respond during this critical influx of animals.  Remember, year-round BARC offers a free "Seniors for Seniors" placement program for pets over 3 years old for Seniors 55 and older.

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, and spaying and neutering all animals.  To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.

We encourage everyone to visit us online at www.houstonbarc.com.