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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.

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Pigs at BARC? Why, yes…And They’re Wearing Lipstick!

This article is written by Nicole Sica, Examiner.com

Some of you may have heard that Stephen Williams, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services which oversees BARC, has mentioned the fact that he thinks Winograd’s “snapshot” services, paid for by community donations, can be better used.

Instead of an overall assessment as to why BARC is broken, he thinks Winograd should just provide a training session instead. According to Williams, he has had an impressively named “Incident Command Team” at BARC for weeks and weeks now, and they have it all figured out why BARC can’t get right.

Well, here’s my experience with the kick ass Incident Command Team.

A couple weeks ago, I decided to foster a black momma cat and her 6 kittens. Everything was arranged just so, but the morning momma and babies were to come home – Bam! Dr. O kills the momma.

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BARC Is Overloaded With Cats/Kittens & Needs Help

A Letter From Bett Sundermeyer,


BARC (Houston ‘s animal control or city pound) is overflowing with cats/kittens (it is kitten season). Euthanasia is at an alarming rate to make room for more. You can help stop this by fostering a cat or litter. BARC doesn’t want to keep litters because it takes several weeks for them to be big enough to spay/neuter and adopt out.

Your bathroom or laundry room could save lots of tiny lives. If it’s a nursing litter, the momma cat will do most of the work. All you need to provide is a safe spot and some food and water.

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