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BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions Challenges Houston to Save A Life in 2013

More Than 10,730 Lives Saved in 2012; BARC Working to Increase that Number Even More This Year

HOUSTON- BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions challenges all Houstonians to save the life of a deserving cat or dog in 2013. With BARC’s ever-increasing intake numbers, the animal shelter needs Houston’s help to ensure all adoptable animals leave BARC with a new and loving family this year.

BARC saved more than 10,730 of Houston’s homeless animals in 2012 through adoptions, transfers to rescue groups, returning animals to their owners and the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. BARC’s goal in 2013 is to break records in each of these categories. Houstonians can help by adopting, fostering, volunteering, donating, and spreading the word about caring for pets responsibly.

“We are fully dedicated to our live-release initiative and are continuing to build and improve our outreach programs to save as many homeless animals as possible,” said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. “However, our efforts don’t stop with the adoption, foster, volunteer and donation initiatives. We also work constantly to empower Houstonians to be responsible pet owners by providing them with the tools they need to raise happy and healthy dogs and cats. Responsible pet ownership means less homeless animals in Houston.”

BARC isn’t wasting any time providing opportunities for Houston to save a life in 2013. This Saturday, January 5, some of BARC’s animals will be available for adoption at The Heights First Saturday event on West 19th Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the event is free admission) at Natural Pawz, located at 514 West 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008.

Additionally, BARC is attending the 60th Annual Charity Cat Show on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Hall A), located at 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010. BARC will have a booth at the show and cats available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 5 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 6.

Mayor Parker’s BARC Pets of the Week are also ready to start the New Year right; with a new family in a new home. Selma, a Chihuahua mix and Red, a Tabby and Domestic Long Hair mix, are very friendly and would make ideal pets. Both of these bundles of joy could stand to lose a few pounds. For Houstonians who need an “accountability partner” for their New Year’s resolution diet, these two furry companions are perfect for the job. Selma would make a great walking buddy for a morning or afternoon outing, and Red would be an excellent partner for implementing a new, healthier diet in 2013.

Pets of the Week photos below can also be viewed on BARC’s Facebook Page:

Find out more about Red and Selma below.

Mayor Parker and Red

Photo by Mauricio Zepeda)
Name: Red
Animal ID: A1097855
Breed: Tabby/Domestic Long Hair Mix
Age: Approximately 2 Years Old
More about Red: Red is the perfect name for this beautiful red and white kitty. His long hair and unique markings compliment his one-of-a-kind personality. He loves to be held or cuddle on the couch after a long day. Red is shy, but very sweet. Red even appeared to be a bit camera-shy during his photo shoot with Mayor Parker when he buried his head into her shoulder as the photographer began snapping photos. Red was taken into BARC after his owner surrendered him and he is now ready to go home with a new forever family. Red is a plus-size kitty that could stand to lose a few pounds. In fact, he would make a great diet partner for a New Year’s resolution to shed a few unwanted pounds. Visit BARC today and meet this beautiful and kind kitty. Red is neutered, has age-appropriate vaccinations, has a city license and is microchipped.

Mayor Parker and Selma

(Photo by Mauricio Zepeda)
Name: Selma
Animal ID: A1108391
Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Age: Approximately 6 years old
More about Selma: Selma may be reaching her golden years, but she still has plenty of energy and will see many more New Years to come. She is very friendly and outgoing and loves to make new friends. In fact, she walked into the Mayor’s office with a big smile on her face and a demeanor that screamed “Look at all these new friends. Boy is this a good day. Kisses for everyone!” Selma came into BARC as a stray, but it appears that she may have had a home at some point. She walks well on a leash, appears to be crate trained, loves treats and feels very comfortable around people and other animals. She is one of BARC’s PurrFurred pets, which means she has been at BARC 20 days or longer. Much like Red, Selma could stand to shed a few pounds to ensure that she is as healthy as possible. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and walk around the block more often, Selma would be a perfect accountability partner. Selma is spayed, has age-appropriate vaccinations, has a city license and is microchipped.

Update on last week’s Mayor’s Pets of the Week: Donner, the Domestic Short Hair mix cat has been adopted! Donner, the Dachshund Mix (A1108679), is still available for adoption.

Please stop by BARC this week and give a deserving pet a new home. There are hundreds of pets available for adoption, so you are sure to find the perfect companion for your family. Visit BARC’s website to see the many pets available for adoption.

The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, 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.

We encourage everyone to visit BARC online at or

Christopher Newport
713-837-9533 (o)
713-818-8859 (c)

Carlene Lormand
3200 Carr
Houston, TX 77026
Office: 713-229-7301
Cell: 713-775-4428

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