Want to be a foster parent to a pet in need?

January 15, 2011 5:02:05 PM PST
Houston's animal shelter, BARC, needs your help to deal with a massive arrival of puppies. The goal is to encourage you to join their foster program. Because of dogs that haven't been spayed or neutered, they say they've been overwhelmed by puppies. Over the last few days, the nursery ward at BARC has been growing and growing and now it's over capacity. So officials with BARC are hoping you'll open your heart and home and become a foster parent.

BARC is looking for people who are willing to remove the animals from the shelter until they can be adopted.

Last month, a shelter volunteer explained why they need help.

"We're adopting out maybe 60 to 80 over the weekend and we're bringing in 80 to 100 each day," said volunteer Mike Kinsella.

"We have seen the economic factors in the last year, particularly drive the number of dogs and cats coming in over the counter by 50 percent," said Dave Atencio with BARC.

BARC says they're making it easier for first-time foster parents. Here's a link to the BARC website, where you can contact them and learn more about the foster program.