BARC Competes For Record Number Of Adoptions

Houston's animal shelter is in a national competition to win 100,000 dollars. It all hinges on whether BARC can significantly increase its adoption rate.


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There usually aren’t puppies and kittens at the city council meetings.

“If I could pet dogs and cats every council meeting day, it would make life so much nicer.”

“That can be arranged, we can make that happen.”

Houston Mayor Annise Parker held a Yorkie puppy and a young cat, while making her announcement that Houston is a finalist in the ASPCA’s Rachael Ray $100,000 challenge.

“We had to go through some tough qualifying in April. We’re one of 50 cities now made it into the final round and we are competing with cities all across the country. And it’s the percent of increase, year over year, in the number of animals adopted.”

The challenge runs from now until October 31st and Parker says their goal is to complete 2,100 pet adoptions during that period.

“That is 623 more adoptions than the same period last year. That’s a huge challenge for any shelter, but BARC is primed and ready and we know that we are up to the challenge.”

If Houston wins, they plan to use the money to purchase a mobile adoption vehicle. And maybe some extra lint rollers.

The mayor had to use one as soon as the press conference was over.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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