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BARC to Hold “Cinco de Meow” event May 4 – May 15; Reducing Cat Adoptions to Just $5

HOUSTON, TX – In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions will reduce cat adoption prices to $5 from Friday, May 4 to Tuesday, May 15. This “Cinco de Meow” event allows Houstonians to adopt a new feline friend for a fraction of what it normally costs to adopt from BARC, with all the benefits of a full-price adoption.

Available cats range from only a few weeks old to seniors. The adoption fee covers services including spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, City licensing, microchip and much more. BARC’s adoption package could cost up to $850 if purchased through certain breeders or veterinarians; the BARC adoption fee remains the best value and lowest price in the City of Houston.

BARC currently faces extreme animal intake and expects to see a similar trend throughout the spring season. In fact, the shelter took in more than 250 animals in the first two days of May. BARC urges Houstonians to take immediate action to ensure each of these animals finds a good home by adopting a cat or dog this weekend.

If adopting is not an option, BARC also needs volunteers to foster puppies and kittens who are too young for spay/neuter surgery, moms with litters that are still nursing, and cats and dogs that are ill and need recovery time outside the shelter. Many of these animals just need time in a home environment until they find their forever home. BARC offers training classes for future foster parents. The next foster class is Monday, May 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Looscan Neighborhood Library in River Oaks. The address is 2510 Willowick Rd in Houston.

In addition to foster homes, BARC needs volunteers to spend a few hours of their time each month at the shelter to help animals in need. Volunteer options range from transporting animals to off-site adoption events to spending time with cats and dogs before they find a forever home. BARC offers volunteer orientation events every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Find out more about becoming a foster parent or volunteer by visiting

With extreme intake expected for the coming months, it is imperative that each animal is adopted, sent to rescue groups or fostered. BARC needs Houston’s help to make sure this happens.

Remember, BARC offers a free “Seniors for Seniors” placement program for pets over 2 years old for seniors 55 and older year-round. As always, The BARC shelter at 3200 Carr Street will host Friends of BARC’s Wags to Whiskers adoption event on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with free hot dogs and hamburgers. Friends of BARC volunteers welcome all potential adopters, fosters and volunteers.

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

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Media Contact:
Christopher Newport
713-837-9533 (o)
713-294-1636 (c)

Carlene Lormand
3200 Carr
Houston, TX 77026
Office: 713-229-7301
Cell: 281-660-0544

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