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BARC Hopes Lower Prices Will Increase Adoptions

There's no more room at the city's animal shelter and BARC officials hope a cut in adoption prices this weekend will help alleviate the overcrowding.



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The warmer winter here in Houston has meant more stray dogs and cats wandering city streets. One possible reason is that pet owners who can’t keep their dogs and cats anymore don’t feel so bad about simply letting them loose during the warm weather. That’s led to more pets than BARC can handle, with 250 dogs and cats dropped off in just three days.

This is BARC’s Chris Newport.

“We’re based on being the shelter of last resort for the 624 square miles that make up the city. So, we’re not like other shelters that can say, you know what, we’re full. You need to come back later or go to another place. We are it and we’ve just got no more space and we hope folks will be willing to help us out this weekend.”

Caretakers are now sheltering almost 600 dogs and cats and they only have 550 animal enclosures. The shelter is slashing adoption prices this weekend with the hope Houstonians will be motivated to take home a new pet.
“We’ve cut our prices from $75 down to $10 for cats and $20 for dogs and that’s in addition to the specials that we already run for senior citizens and for veterans. You just can’t get a better value to find a new pet this weekend anywhere else in the city, and it’s not just residents of the city of Houston that can adopt from us.” 

The shelter is open from 12-6 tomorrow afternoon.