City shelter overwhelmed by animals

HOUSTON 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, according to city officials. 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 Friday morning is 878. Officials say 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.

Anyone considering adding a dog or cat to their family is encouraged to consider adopting from BARC now. BARC also welcomes volunteers to foster animals when unable to make the long-term commitment of pet ownership.

BARC is open for adoptions from 11:30am to 5:30pm weekdays and 12am to 4pm 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 2pm.

Additionally, 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

For further information regarding how to volunteer or foster BARC animals, and for operating information, please visit our website at

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