BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be hosting 12 holiday adoption specials during December to encourage Houstonians to adopt or foster shelter pets. Special adoption pricing will be available Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, thanks to the sponsorship of Proler Industries. Here are the upcoming adoptions specials for the remainder of the month:

- Dec. 9 - $5 dog and puppy adoptions

- Dec. 10- $4 adoption fees for all dogs weighing at least 40 pounds

- Dec. 11-13th- 75% off all adoption fees

- Dec. 15- $5 cat and kitten adoptions

- Dec. 16 - $5 dog and puppy adoptions

- Dec. 17- $4 adoption fees all dogs weighing at least 40 pounds

- Dec. 18-23- 90% off all adoption fees

"Home for the holidays? Consider fostering or adopting a pet,” said Jennifer Barrera Wandrey, outreach manager at BARC. “As we limit our social interactions with human friends, adding a furry friend to the family can help keep the season merry and bright. Don't miss this opportunity to bring your ‘furever’ friend to spend the holidays with you."

BARC's pet adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, a one-year city pet license, and a preregistered microchip with a lifetime registration – worth hundreds of dollars if purchased independently.

Pets available for adoption or foster are on the BARC website at houstontx.gov/barc. BARC is providing curbside adoptions and foster pickups to abide by social distancing protocols. The animal shelter is located at 3300 Carr Street and is open for adoptions Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The simplest but most powerful thing Houstonians can do to help BARC and pets throughout the community is to foster, volunteer, donate and adopt. BARC encourages people who cannot permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need to consider becoming a foster pet parent or donate. Visit houstontx.gov/barc to find out more about becoming a foster. By getting animals into permanent or foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.

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