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October 19, 2012

Vote to Help BARC Win the ASPCA $100K Challenge's $25,000 Community Engagement Award Through October 31
Plus, Adoption Rally with Houston Texans Cheerleaders Saturday, Oct. 20 at BARC

There are less than two weeks left in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and it's officially crunch time.

You are just a few clicks away from helping BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions win the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) $100K Challenge's $25,000 Community Engagement Award. All you need is a Facebook account to confirm your I.D. to vote.

Follow these steps to cast your vote (Note that you can only use a computer to vote - you cannot use a smart phone or tablet):

1. Visit http://votetosavelives.org (this will take you to the voting page on Facebook).
2. Find "BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions" on the list of shelters and Click "Go."
3. Give Facebook a couple of standard permissions by clicking "Go to App" and then "Allow" to reach the ASPCA voting page.
4. Click "Vote for this Shelter."
5. Click "Tell People You Voted" so your network knows that helping BARC is important to you!
6. REPEAT EVERY DAY THROUGH OCTOBER 31.

It's that easy! Every vote moves BARC closer to winning the $25,000 grant, which would go toward growing BARC's adoption program to include larger and more frequent offsite adoptions events and much more. The only way BARC can win is for you - Houston's community - to vote and get others involved. Please forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues to help spread the word.

BARC has found permanent homes for 1,479 dogs and cats so far in the $100K Challenge. The shelter's staff volunteers and supporters are still working to reach 2,100 dog and cat adoptions before October 31, so BARC has planned tons of adoption events and activities over the next two weeks to help reach the goal.

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 BARC is having an Adoption Rally with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders at BARC, 3200 Carr Street, Houston 77026. The cheerleaders will be at BARC to take photos and sign autographs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. You don't want to miss this!

After you meet and greet the Texans Cheerleaders, check out the hundreds of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that are ready to go home with their new family. BARC's facility will be open for adoptions from noon to 6 p.m. Plus, Name-Your-Own-Adoption-Fee for all cats and dogs 6 months and older, or adopt a puppy for $20 or a kitten for $10. This offer is only valid at the shelter.

See below for a flyer about this Saturday's event at BARC:

Adoption Rally with Houston Texans

BARC will also have animals available for adoption at the community-wide PetFest Old Town Spring Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. The adoption fees will be $20 for dogs and $10 for cats. Visit Petfestoldtownspring.com to learn more about the times and location of the event.

BARC will also participate in Petoberfest 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, located at 4918 Cochran Street, Houston 77009 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 20. The event will take place on the festival grounds. BARC will have $20 rabies vaccinations and $25 microchips available at the event. Plus, there will be several animals available for adoption ($20 for dogs and $10 for cats).

Learn more about BARC's upcoming events and other news, including this week's update on the ASPCA $100K Challenge, by visiting www.YouTube.com/WeAreBARC.

If you want to help save lives but can't permanently adopt, visit BARC's website to learn how you can help by volunteering or fostering.

Visit www.HoustonBARC.com or www.Facebook.com/BARCHouston for more information.

Contact Taran Hutchins, BARC's Adoptions Coordinator at Taran.Hutchins@houstontx.gov with any questions.

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