BARC is overwhelmed with animals: More than 190 cats and kittens are at BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions and many of them are currently available for adoption, rescue and foster. The shelter’s capacity is 550 and nearly 595 animals are currently in its care. BARC is dropping adoption fees for ALL adoptable cats and kittens to $1 from now through September.

“It’s that time of year again,” said Ashtyn Rivet, Deputy Assistant Director at BARC. “Kitten season is officially here and we don’t expect the intake to slow down any time soon. We took in 139 cats and kittens over the past three days of intake.”

BARC’s pet adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a one-year city pet license, and a pre-registered microchip with lifetime registration. The adoption package is the best value in town, and could cost hundreds of dollars if purchased independently. Details about BARC’s adoption process and requirements are listed on BARC’s website.

“We have hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats that deserve loving homes,” said Rivet. “Houstonians can help by adopting from BARC so these pets can live a full and happy life.”

Pets currently available for adoption can be found on BARC’s website, but BARC encourages all Houstonians to stop by BARC at 3300 Carr Street, Houston 77026 and meet each animal in person. BARC is open for adoptions seven days a week from noon to 5:00 p.m.

If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a volunteer or foster pet parent at BARC. BARC is especially in need of foster pet parents. Many dogs and cats enter BARC with treatable skin conditions, upper respiratory infections and other treatable conditions that must be taken care of outside of the shelter before adoption. Some puppies and kittens that enter BARC are too young for adoption and must be fostered before they can go home with a permanent family. By getting these animals out of BARC and into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.

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The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.

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