Houston’s BARC Needs Help: Too Many Animals
The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) has experienced a drastic increase in the number of animals turned into the shelter in the previous two weeks. The average daily intake over this period is approximately 100 animals, and the average number of animals in residence per day is 720.
On April 15, BARC experienced a total animal intake of 184 animals. The number of animals in residence as of this morning is 878. This population level is absolutely unsustainable. The BARC facility was designed to shelter 600 animals, and existing foster and rescue networks are at capacity as well.
If you have been considering adding a dog or cat to your family, now is a great time to come to BARC to find your future pet. If you aren’t quite sure that you are able to make the long-term commitment of pet companionship, please explore fostering an animal. BARC also relies on the selfless service of volunteers , which can often makes all the difference in an animal finding a loving home.
BARC is open for adoptions from 11am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday. BARC animals are also available for adoption at the weekly Galleria Remote Adoption event at the (in front of Gap Kids) from 11am to 2 pm.
If you are unable to make it to the BARC facility at 3200 Carr or the Galleria Remote Adoption event, one of our fantastic non-profit rescue partners, the Homeless Animal Partnership Initiative (HAPI), is hosting a Family Pet Festival. The location and times are listed below.
Editor of Houston PetTalk Magazine