BARC Goals to “Empty the Shelters” through Free Weekend Pet Adoptions – City of Houston


As shelters across the country proceed to face overcrowding, BARC Houston, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center and BISSELL Pet Foundation aim to “Empty the Shelters” by sponsoring reduced adoption fees through May 15. BARC is happy to announce that the shelter may also offer free pet adoptions on select days as a part of this 12 months’s campaign:

  • Saturday, May 7
  • Sunday, May 8
  • Friday, May 13
  • Saturday, May 14
  • Sunday, May 15

BARC will offer $10 adoption fees for all pets on the remaining days of the campaign (May 10-12). To fulfill our adoptable pets, stop by BARC’s Adoption Center at 3300 Carr St. from 12 – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or visit to see our adoptable pets.

“Our shelter population stays high, and each day pet intake continues to stay high as well. To construct on the success of the campaign’s initial launch, we’re completely waiving adoption fees on select days,” said Greg Damianoff, Director of BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions. “We’re excited to work with Bissell Pet Foundation once more to get as many pets as possible adopted into their without end homes. We’re grateful for this partnership that enables us to scale back and completely waive adoption prices for interested Houston adopters.”

“Empty the Shelters,” BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. Greater than 83,000 pets have found adoptive homes through this reduced-fee adoption event. Since its inception, this lifesaving event has expanded to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a complete of 443 animal welfare organizations. Within the winter 2021 Empty the Shelters Campaign, BARC adopted out a complete of 238 pets – 86 cats and 152 dogs.

“Shelters across the country are over capability, and highly adoptable pets are in danger as we face one among the most important crises lately,” said Cathy Bissell, Founding father of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “BISSELL Pet Foundation is asking on people to go to their community shelters during ‘Empty the Shelters’ to save lots of a life through adoption. Without you, there isn’t a tomorrow for these deserving pets.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation and BARC Houston urge families to do their research concerning the pet they’re curious about adopting, in addition to adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit in addition to

About BARC

BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, takes in greater than 25,000 animals annually no matter behavior, breed, or medical condition. BARC works every day to enhance Houstonians’ and their pets’ health and safety by pioneering programs similar to low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach.
Through these programs and with community partners’ support, BARC’s live release rate has continued to enhance and reached a historic high of 95.9% within the fiscal 12 months 2021.

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