HOUSTON–To help Houston’s shelter pets find homes for the holidays, BARC–the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoptions Center and Houston Police Officers’ Union will deliver up to 30 pets to homes on Christmas Day as part of BARC’s Home for the Holidays campaign.
Pets that are adopted December 21-23 qualify for the delivery service and adopters must live within a 15-mile radius of BARC (77026) to have a pet delivered. Adopters are encouraged, but not required to donate $20 for the delivery service. Full details about BARC’s adoption process are listed on BARC’s website.
Additionally, through December 31st, all pets will be available for 50% off regular adoptions fees, and all Purrfurred pets have their adoption fees fully waived thanks to the generous support of Proler Industries. This special adoption package includes a spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, a one-year city pet license, and a pre-registered microchip with a lifetime registration — worth hundreds of dollars if purchased independently.
Pets currently available for adoption can be found on BARC’s website, but Houstonians are encouraged to visit BARC and meet each animal in person. BARC is open for adoptions seven days a week from noon to 5:00 p.m. but will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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 these animals out of BARC and into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.
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 88.3% in 2019 year to date.