BARC, the City of Houston’s animal shelter, is fighting a capacity crisis.  BARC has received an abnormally high number of kittens and puppies due to a warm springtime breeding season, which came a bit early this year.  High intakes have exhausted BARC’s capability to provide additional space.   “Kitten season comes about the same time every year,” said David Atencio, General Manager for BARC.  “This year it came a little early, and with a vengeance.”  Llitter upon litter of puppies and kittens are flooding the BARC facility while many area rescue groups are already full.   And hundreds more puppies, kittens and adult animals are expected to pass through the shelter in the next couple of months.

The only space available to free room for intakes, which is currently at a rate of 80-100 per day, is to make room in the adoption wards.  The dog adoption kennel is currently full of healthy and wonderful future pets, and they need Houstonians’ to come see how great they are.  The Cat Castle at BARC is bustling with cats of all ages, sizes and colors, ready for a permanent home.  Been thinking about getting a puppy or kitten?  Consider adopting or fostering from BARC – the low adoption fee is the best value in the City, and includes initial vetting, spay/neuter surgery, Rabies vaccination, City license, micro chip, and much more.  You can even take a look ahead of time at the animals available by following the PetFinder link on BARC’s new website at or on BARC’s Facebook page.  But be forewarned … you may fall in love with a totally different pet when you visit the adoptable animals on-site.

In an unprecedented move to respond to the capacity situation, BARC will expand it’s current weekend 50% adoption fee special to every day through the end of April.  BARC knows Houston can respond during this seasonal influx.  Customers who are intested in fostering healthy and adoptable dogs or cats temporarily will also be able to do so during this time.  In fact, fostering can become a well-loved hobby.  The primary role of a foster care volunteer is to provide a safe, healthy environment for the pet and to socialize them in order to increase their adoptability.  Foster parents learn about their pet, promote the animal to their friends, families and social networks and become the voice and advocate for that animal’s adoption.  Remember, year-round BARC offers a free “Seniors for Seniors” placement program for pets over 3 years old for Seniors 55 and older.