BARC Shelter Population at Unsustainable Level

 The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) has experienced a drastic increase in the number of animals turned into the shelter in the previous two weeks.  The average daily intake over this period is approximately 100 animals, and the average number of animals in residence per day is 720. 

 On April 15, BARC experienced a total animal intake of 184 animals.  The number of animals in residence as of this morning is 878.  This population level is unsustainable.  The BARC facility was designed to shelter 550 animals, and existing foster and rescue networks are at capacity as well.

 If you have been considering adding a dog or cat to your family, now is a great time to come to BARC to find your future pet.  If you aren’t quite sure that you are able to make the long-term commitment of pet companionship, please explore fostering an animal.  BARC also relies on the selfless service of volunteers , which can often makes all the difference in an animal finding a loving home.  

 BARC is open for adoptions from 11:30am to 5:30pm today, and 12am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday.  BARC animals are also available for adoption at the weekly Galleria Remote Adoption event at the (in front of Gap Kids) from 11am to 2 pm. 

 If you are unable to make it to the BARC facility at 3200 Carr or the Galleria Remote Adoption event, one of our fantastic non-profit rescue partners, the Homeless Animal Partnership Initiative (HAPI), is hosting a Family Pet Festival.  The location and times are listed below. 

HAPI (Homeless Animal Partnership Initiative) Family Pet Festival:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1656 Blalock Rd

We encourage our residents to lend a hand to our voiceless friends in a time of need.  For further information regarding how to volunteer or foster BARC animals, and for operating information, please visit our website at www.houstonbarc.com.

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One Response

  1. This is justification for the killing hundreds of animals over the weekend. Fosters are turned away, representatives of rescues are banned making it impossible to place these animals. Help desk volunteers aren’t given the tools they need to make a difference. If you set up a failing system, you shouldn’t be congratulated for trying to fix the problem caused by the failure.

    Really, how much longer will this go on? It’s about time the media stopped printing the excuse press releases and started investigating what’s going on at BARC!

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