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BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions
"Mayor Parker's Pets of the Week"

August 13, 2012 - BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions announced the second Mayor's Pets of the Week with Houston's Mayor Annise Parker today. The photos of the Mayor's Pets of the Week will be released every Monday throughout the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge which ends October 31, 2012. The photos will also be posted to BARC's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BARCHouston.

BARC has reached 319 dog and cat adoptions since August 1, the first day of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. With a goal of 2,100 dog and cat adoptions before October 31, 2012 to win the competition, BARC is well on its way to earning the $100,000 grand prize grant. As the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge approaches the middle of its first month, BARC continues to work tirelessly to build momentum across the City of Houston and among all Houstonians to increase the number of pet adoptions and lives saved every day. 

"We are thrilled at Mayor Parker's support for BARC pets and BARC's competition in the $100K Challenge," said Alfred Moran, Director of the Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department, which oversees BARC.  "We are right where we want to be so far.  A lot of what we are doing is about getting into the decision-making process of potential adopting families.  If we can do that, our animals take care of the rest and win the day."

Louise and Jasper, this week's Mayor's Pets of the Week are available for adoption. Details for each of these animals is listed below.

Mayor Parker with Louise

Photo taken by Mauricio Zepeda.

Name: Louise
Animal ID: A1089765
Breed: Pointer Mix (Female)
Age: 13 weeks
Expected Full-Grown Size: Medium to Large
More about Louise: Louise is a shy little girl who was taken into BARC as a stray. She has lots of love to give, likes being held and gets along with other cats and dogs. Her orange and white colors make her beautiful and unique. Louise has received age-appropriate vaccinations, has been spayed and is ready to go home with her forever family! 

Mayor Parker with Jasper

Photo taken by Mauricio Zepeda.

Name: Jasper
Animal ID: A1088955
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 4 months
More about Jasper: Jasper is an energetic and friendly little kitten and loves playing with other cats, dogs and people. His tan and white fur, and large, curious eyes are adorable. Jasper has received age-appropriate vaccinations, has been neutered and is ready to go home with his new family!

Louise and Jasper are two of many animals at BARC waiting for their new home! Visit www.Facebook.com/BARCHouston to find out more about the Mayor's Pets of the Week and other animals at BARC.

Update on last week's Mayor's Pets of the Week: Duke, the Labrador Retriever mix puppy, has been adopted. Sierra, the sweet and easy-going black domestic short hair kitten, is still available for adoption. Sierra's Animal ID is A1087884. 

The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.

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