HOUSTON – BARC is fighting a serious capacity crisis, and they need Houstonians to step up and help.
Officials at the city’s animal shelter said they’ve received an abnormally high number of intake animals, thanks to recent law enforcement activity.
BARC said many of the pets were confiscated by police when their owners were arrested and taken to jail.
By law, those pets must be held at BARC until a hearing determines whether the pet may be returned to the owner once they’re no longer in custody.
Other animals brought in by law enforcement were victims of cruelty. Those animals are considered evidence and have to stay at BARC until their cases are resolved in court.
Still other animals in the recent influx were involved in bite cases. Bite-case animals are required by law to be quarantined at BARC for 10 days from the day of the bite.
BARC said the law enforcement animals are currently coming in at a rate of 50-60 a day, but they can’t offer any of them to rescue organizations or foster homes, and they can’t adopt them out.
That is impacting the lives of healthy, adoptable pets, because the only place for BARC to shelter the animals brought in by law enforcement is to make room in their adoption wards.
"The dog adoption kennel is currently full of healthy and wonderful future pets, and they need Houstonians to come see how great they are," a BARC spokesperson said.
Since most of the animals currently up for adoption are mature, it has further restricted BARC’s ability to optimize space, because they can’t confine multiple mature pets in one kennel as they can with puppies or kittens.
In a bid to place the adoptable animals and make space for intakes, BARC is offering two-for-one adoptions and half-price fees every day through New Year’s on all dogs and cats.
Animal lovers interested in temporarily fostering pets can also do so through New Year’s.
To view the animals currently in BARC’s adoption ward, click here.
BARC, located at 3200 Carr in Houston, is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays; from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed on Mondays and will also be closed on Christmas Eve.
Click here for more information from BARC’s website.