CitizensNet Banner

August 25, 2022

BARC to 'Clear the Shelters' with Extended Hours, Waived Adoption Fees

BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, has joined NBCUniversal Local’s 2022 Clear The Shelters pet adoption and donation campaign, through August 31, 2022. As part of this year's campaign, BARC's Adoption Center will be open for additional hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022. All pet adoption fees will also be completely waived for the final weekend on August 27 and 28, 2022.

BARC will resume its normal adoption center hours of 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2022. In addition to this weekend’s waived fees, BARC will be offering $20 adoption fees for all pets through the end of August. BARC will continue to offer $5 for PURRFURRED pets this month as well.

This is the eighth consecutive year NBC and Telemundo owned stations are partnering with affiliate stations and animal shelters and rescues to promote pet adoption and help raise funds to support animal welfare. Since its inception in 2015, Clear The Shelters has helped more than 700,000 pets find new homes.

The 2022 Clear The Shelters will again feature online donations through partners Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site, which will host fundraising and cover transaction fees so that 100 percent of donations go directly to shelters and rescues. Donations can be made to participating shelters or rescues during the campaign at, which is also accessible via Residents can donate directly to BARC here:

For more information on the 2022 Clear The Shelters, including participating shelters and rescues, along with details on local events and activities, visit and the Spanish-language website Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.

Clear the Shelters

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.

Through these programs and with community partners' support, BARC's live release rate has continued to improve and reached 91.5% in the fiscal year 2022.

Visit or for more information.