BARC Animal Shelter celebrates debut of cattery with $1 adoptions for cats, kittens

Cats and kittens, such as Bea and Bali (pictured), are available for adoption at BARC Animal Shelter's new cattery. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Cats and kittens, such as Bea and Bali (pictured), are available for adoption at BARC Animal Shelter's new cattery. (Courtesy city of Houston)

Cats and kittens, such as Bea and Bali (pictured), are available for adoption at BARC Animal Shelter's new cattery. (Courtesy city of Houston)

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The Houston BARC Foundation hopes to raise enough money to expand its adoption campus to include additional kennels, a spay and neuter clinic and an education center for pet training and care classes. (Courtesy city of Houston)
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Other cats, such as Gia (pictured), are available for adoption at BARC Animal Shelter's new cattery. (Courtesy city of Houston)
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The new Don Sanders Center for Cats and Kittens will shelter more than 150 cats. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Shortly after the Houston BARC Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 20 for BARC Animal Shelter's new Don Sanders Center for Cats and Kittens, the shelter celebrates the new cattery with $1 adoptions for cats and kittens this weekend. The $1 adoption fee Nov. 23-24 includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, a city pet license for one year and a preregistered microchip.

The facility—located at 3300 Carr St., Houston—will shelter more than 150 cats. It includes kennel space, free-roaming spaces and areas for potential adopters to interact with the cat they are interested in adopting, according to a Nov. 21 news release from the city of Houston. More information on adoption can be found here.


Lara Cottingham, chief of staff and chief sustainability officer of the Administration and Regulator Affairs Department at the city of Houston, said construction on the new $945,000 cattery began in May. The cattery was BARC's most recent step toward expanding its adoption campus, which opened in 2015.

"Up until now, the adoption building has been for administration, and there were a few rooms, but the wing that had been dedicated to cats and kittens hadn't been completed," she said. "Now, there's an entire special wings just for cats and kittens."

Next, the Houston BARC Foundation hopes to raise enough money to expand its adoption campus to include additional kennels, a spay and neuter clinic and an education center for pet training and care classes. The build-out of the campus is dependent on fundraising, Cottingham said.
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