BARC Plans MONSTER Weekend to Place Abandoned Cats from Apartment Complex and Other Animals from Huge Intake Week

An apartment complex delivered more than 50 cats to BARC this week that were abandoned by former tenants; the City of Houston’s animal shelter is bracing for more. More than 160 animals were surrendered to BARC on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cats to more than 400 and carrying the facility over its sustainable population level of 550 total animals.

BARC has lowered its adoption fee, again, to $5 for cats over the weekend. All cats offered for adoption are spayed/neutered and have received age-appropriate vaccinations. BARC has been circulating the attached promotional flyer to drum up interest in a new arrangement: bringing BARC to Houston via a “Tent Sale” in the parking lot of the Kroger grocery store at Sabo Road and South Beltway 8.

BARC team members are also attending the Purina Dog Chow “Walk and Wag” event at T.C. Jester Park on Saturday at 9 am.  Lauren Doak, a staffer for Council Member Mike Sullivan, challenged Purina to host a benefit and donate the proceeds to BARC.  Purina answered the call and will present a check to BARC following a one-mile dog walk, which begins at 9:00.

Houstonians in the Upper Kirby District are invited to visit the Grand Opening of BARC rescue partner “Buster’s Friends” new swanky adoption center location in the West Ave shopping center.  Buster’s Friends pulls nearly all of their animals from BARC and have had great success finding new homes for the animals by operating store fronts in high-traffic retail centers (the group operated the Highland Village Adoption Center for three years).

The Grand Opening is 12-2 pm this Saturday May 14th.  Pondicheri will offer light bites, champagne and gift bags for event guests.  And of course, plenty of BARC animals will happily welcome prospective new companions.  The West Ave adoption center will operate 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and 11 am to 4 pm on Sundays; the address is 2800 Kirby, on the second floor across from Eddie V’s.

And, as always, the BARC facility will host Friends of BARC’s Wags to Whiskers adoption event at 3200 Carr on Saturday 12-6 pm and Sunday 12-4 pm.  The tireless Friends of BARC volunteers will welcome all potential adopters, fosters and volunteers with their energy and clear dedication to BARC animals.

BARC and its animals are going to be all over town this weekend, plenty of opportunities for magical moments for photo, video and sound.

To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.

The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help the BARC Houston shelter, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly.  We encourage everyone to visit the new




Greg Jeu

Greg Jeu is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of OutSmart Magazine.

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