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HOUSTON BARC is putting out a plea for help after receiving a record number of dogs and cats during a 48-hour period this week. Nearly 300 animals came in on Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving the city shelter far over its maximum capacity of 500.

Taking in over 100 animals per day has become routine for us, but we ve never seen back-to-back intake like this, said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. We took in more animals in 48 hours than most shelters across the U.S. can hold. We are nearly 65 animals over our maximum capacity.

That means there are hundreds of animals in every shape, size, color and age to choose from.

If you re looking for a new family member, we ve got your match, said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. If you don t believe us, come to the shelter and see the dogs and cats for yourself. With so many animals right now, you re sure to find exactly what you re looking for.

If you can t offer a forever home, fostering a cat or dog until a permanent home can be found could be an option.

For those who cannot adopt, foster or rescue but would still like to help, please visit to make a donation.

Houstonians can also help save lives by helping to reduce pet overpopulation. Spay and neuter all pets, make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and ensure they are indoors or in an enclosed yard. Always keep them on a leash outside.

Many of these animals came into BARC over the last two days because of irresponsible pet ownership, said Newport. It s not just about increasing the number of animals that leave the shelter. It s also about reducing the number that comes in.

BARC is open for adoptions Tuesday through Wednesday and Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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