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How Realistic Would It Be for More Animal Shelters to Become No-Kill?

Greater Houston has a well-documented stray animal problem. And area animal shelters face the challenge trying to care for and place many of those animals. The city’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, or BARC, is required to accept stray animals. BARC has the capacity to care for about 550 at a time, but collects […]

Greater Houston has a well-documented stray animal problem. And area animal shelters face the challenge trying to care for and place many of those animals.

The city’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, or BARC, is required to accept stray animals. BARC has the capacity to care for about 550 at a time, but collects about a third that number every day, more than 25,000 animals a year.

While several thousand are adopted, or sent to other shelters, many are ultimately put down. Some private “no kill” shelters would like to see that policy changed, but is that realistic?

We talk it over with Ashtyn Rivet from BARC, and Salise Shuttlesworth, Executive Director of the Friends for Life no kill shelter.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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