HOUSTON – BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoptions Center, will host an open house and campus tours Saturday and Sunday (May 18-19th), and a Sunday kitten care class, to emphasize the need for Houstonians to foster or adopt kittens and puppies.

Tours will take place 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, May 18thand Sunday, May 19th at 3300 Carr Street, Houston, TX 77026.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation item to help BARC stock the kitten and puppy nursery. BARC is always in need of donated kitten and puppy formula, heating pads, bottle kits, and shaker bottles.

“We encourage the public to take a tour of our campus and consider opening their home to an animal in need whether that be through foster or adoption.” said Jennifer Barrera Wandrey, Outreach Manager at BARC.

The kitten care class will be held at BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions 2700 Evella St, Houston, TX 77026 on Sunday, May 19thfrom 10am to 11am. The classes will provide information and training on various cat-related topics, including what to do if you find a kitten. The class is open to the public and residents can sign up by emailing

The simplest, but most powerful thing Houstonians can do to help BARC and pets throughout the community is to foster, volunteer, donate and adopt. 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 a foster pet parent at BARC. By getting animals into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.

About BARC

 BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, takes in more than 25,000 animals annually regardless of behavior, breed, or medical condition.  BARC works each day to improve the health and safety of Houstonians and their pets by pioneering programs such as low cost and no cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach. Through these programs and with support from community partners, BARC’s live release rate has improved from single-digits in 2009 to an 85% in 2019.

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