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October 4, 2021

BARC Announces Fall 2021 "Empty the Shelters" Campaign

BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, and the BISSELL Pet Foundation are excited to announce the fall 2021 national “Empty the Shelters” adoption event Oct. 5 –10, a quarterly effort that has helped more than 61,781 pets find their forever homes in area shelters. During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation helps sponsor reduced adoption fees for shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. This summer’s event will be hosted in more than 180 shelters in 35 states, including BARC Houston.

For the 2021 fall campaign, BARC will once again waive all adoption fees for all fixed pets. Stop by BARC’s Adoption Center at 3300 Carr St. anytime from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or visit to see our adoptable pets.

The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. Since its inception, BISSELL Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 414 shelters. In the spring 2021 Empty the Shelters Campaign, BARC adopted out a total of 56 pets.

“Shelters are in dire need of support in the wake of natural disasters and overcrowding due to obstacles such as increased length of stay and slowed adoptions for mid-to-large sized dogs,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our fall ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this time of crisis. Opening your home to a shelter pet will save a life and create space to give another pet a chance.”

“We are excited to work with Bissell Pet Foundation this year to get as many pets as possible adopted and into forever homes,” said Greg Damianoff, Director of BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions.

For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit as well as