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HOUSTON – BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will reopen for select services during its precautionary closure to address an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness. BARC has confirmed six positive distemper cases and will remain closed to allow for additional testing of dogs that are considered high exposure to distemper. BARC will reopen for all services if incoming test results are confirmed negative. BARC is following safety protocols within the shelter and separating dogs that show signs of illness.

The following safety protocols are in place:
• Identify, isolate, and treat infected animals
• Carefully monitor healthy but exposed animals for future symptoms
• Ensure that no animals are placed into the community until they are without symptoms or past the incubation period
• Conduct a deep cleaning of shelter to reduce further contamination

Effective immediately, BARC will remain open for the following services:
• Animal control and bite case investigations
• Intake of sick, injured, or fading animals
• Drive-through clinic assistance for foster animals
• Heartworm treatment appointments for all pets scheduled prior to July 4th closure
• Cat intake and adoptions. Potential adopters will only be allowed in the Don Sanders Cattery located at the BARC Adoption Center
• Adoption of dogs categorized as low risk
• Return to owner services, following proper sanitation protocols in place

BARC will remain closed for the following services:
• Dog intake
• Dog adoptions, except for dogs categorized as low risk
• BARC wellness clinic
• BARC spay/neuter clinic for dogs

BARC will contact partners and customers to reschedule appointments affected by the closures.
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