BARC, the City’s Animal Shelter and Adoptions Center, will drop its adoption fees for cats and dogs to $1 Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, to spur animal lovers to take home adorable pets. The shelter has capacity for 550 animals but has been taking in 700 animals each week since May. With shelter intake levels expected to remain high throughout the summer, BARC is asking Houstonians to adopt or foster puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.
Adoption fees usually range up to $75. BARC’s adoption package includes a spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a one-year city pet license, and a pre-registered microchip with lifetime registration. The adoption package, sponsored by Proler Industries, would cost hundreds of dollars if purchased independently.
Pets available for adoption can be found on BARC’s website, but BARC encourages adopters to stop by BARC at 3300 Carr Street, Houston 77026 and meet each animal in person. BARC is open for adoptions noon to 5:00 p.m. every day. “We desperately need the community’s help this weekend,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Each day more and more animals arrive. We don’t typically drop adoption fees to $1, but we want to give the animals in our care the best possible to chance to find a home.”
If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a BARC volunteer or pet foster parent. Many dogs and cats at the shelter are too young for adoption or have treatable conditions that must be taken care of outside of the shelter before adoption. By getting these animals out of BARC and into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals are brought to the shelter.