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City of Houston Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees for Furry Friends

Houston’s bright summer has a dark side every year: thousands of stray, hungry animals, often injured or sick, looking for homes. Luckily, locals looking for a furry baby or a fuzzy best friend can adopt one for free, thanks to a generous new national campaign.

BARC, the City of Houston animal shelter and adoption center, has partnered with the Bissell Pet Foundation for another “Empty the shelters” adoption event.

This means Houstonians can take advantage of an adoption fee waiver from Tuesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 31 for all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in fixed shelters.

Interested persons should visit the BARC Adoption Center (3300 Carr St.) between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To scan adoptable pets, expectant parents can visit the BARC website.

This “Empty the Shelters” initiative was launched in 2016 with the goal of encouraging more families to adopt a pet into their home. Since its inception, the Bissell Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 414 shelters, a press release notes.

“Shelters call me daily and the Bissell Pet Foundation feels the burden of overcrowding,” Cathy Bissell, founder of the Bissell Pet Foundation, said in a statement. “With euthanasia of homeless dogs up 22% in the first quarter of 2022 alone, we knew we had to act fast to help animals at risk. Empty the Shelters is the largest funded adoption event in the country, and by extending the event to three weeks, we can help meet the immediate need to save lives.

Empty the Shelters has placed more than 61,781 pets in forever homes (“furever,” in animal parlance).

Expectant parents can visit the foundation’s website or the official BARC website for more information and to meet new adorable friends.