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December 1, 2022

BARC, BISSELL Pet Foundation Launch "Empty the Shelters - Holiday Hope" Campaign December 1-11

BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, and BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, are bringing hope to the nation’s shelter pets this holiday season with the “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” adoption event Dec. 1 – 11, 2022.

Thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation's sponsorship, BARC will be waiving adoption fees for all pets at our adoption center, located at 3300 Carr St. This event will be hosted in more than 275 shelters in 43 states, including BARC. All interested adopters can find more details about the current event online at

"BISSELL Pet Foundation is in constant communication with our shelter partners across the country and they are struggling with unprecedented increases in owner surrenders and longer stays for pets," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "With so many great pets waiting in shelters, our ‘Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope’ event is the perfect opportunity to save a life through adoption and create space to give another homeless pet a chance. If you can’t adopt, please consider fostering.”

To find your newest, furry family member, visit BARC’s Adoption Center at 3300 Carr St. from 12 – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Interested adopters can also visit to see our adoptable pets online.

“We are thankful to once again work with the Bissell Pet Foundation to try to get as many animals as possible adopted into their forever homes. Everyday our enforcement officers work to get stray animals out of our neighborhoods and into the safety of a shelter, but campaigns like these are crucial to help find homes for our adoptable animals,” said Greg Damianoff, Director of BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions. "We are grateful for this partnership that allows us to completely waive adoption prices for interested Houston adopters during our annual Home for the Holidays campaign."

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. This lifesaving event began in 2016 with a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption. Nearly 160,000 pets have found loving homes since its inception. “Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, partnering with 560 animal welfare organizations in 47 states and Canada to reduce adoption fees.

Pet adoption is a lifetime commitment, and not just for the holidays. BISSELL Pet Foundation and BARC urge families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters” or BARC, visit and

BARC Empty the Shelters Event

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,600 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Inc. where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

About BARC
BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, takes in more than 25,000 animals annually regardless of behavior, breed, or medical condition. BARC works each day to improve Houstonians and their pets' health and safety by pioneering programs such as low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach.

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