Houston animal shelter BARC temporarily offering $1 adoption fees for dogs, cats


Adopting a cat or dog from the city of Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions will be easier than ever this weekend, as the facility is lowering adoption fees to $1 to encourage animal lovers to adopt a new family member.

Adoption fees generally range up to $75; however, from Thursday, June 27, to Sunday, June 30, BARC’s adoption fees will be lowered to $1, according to a June 26 news release from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office.

The $1 adoption package includes spay or neutering surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a one-year city pet license and a preregistered microchip with lifetime registration.

“We desperately need the community’s help this weekend,” Turner said in the release. “Each day more and more animals arrive. We don’t typically drop adoption fees to $1, but we want to give the animals in our care the best possible chance to find a home.”

The shelter—which has a capacity of 550 animals—has been taking in 700 animals a week since May, according to the release. BARC is therefore asking Houston-area residents to adopt or foster animals in the shelter.

Pets available for adoption can be found on the BARC website or by visiting 300 Carr St., Houston, between noon and 5 p.m.

For more information on how to get approved to become a pet foster parent, click here.

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.
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