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BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, is partnering with NBC and Telemundo stations for the month-long annual Clear The Shelters (CTS) pet adoption and donation campaign from August 23rd through September 19th, 2021. Events planned for this year’s CTS campaign include:

• $5 adoptions fees for all pets, August 24th – September 15th. During the period of August 26th – 29th, those fees will be covered through generous sponsorship provided by District A - Council Member Peck and District C - Council Member Kamin.
• Foster Kittypalooza, August 28th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 3300 Carr St. While supplies last, giveaways and goodies will be available with each adoption.
• Waived adoption fees for all pets, September 16th – 19th.

As progress is made in the shelter’s proactive response to distemper, BARC is offering a series of community events in August and September to provide free preventive wellness options, including microchipping, for Houston pet parents that have been impacted by COVID-19. While supplies last, online appointments for services will be available to city of Houston residents by visiting:

Thanks to the continued progress of staff to isolate, identify, and treat distemper cases in the shelter, BARC’s low-cost Wellness Center is also open by appointment only. The Wellness Center offers low-cost vaccines, microchips, dewormer, and heartworm and flea prevention, for both dogs and cats. Pricing and additional details are available here:

• Dog Wellness Services:
• Cat Wellness Services:

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