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City of Houston animal shelter waives adoption fees for furry friends


Locals looking for a furry baby or fluffy best friend can adopt one for free, thanks to a generous new nationwide campaign.

BARC, the City of Houston Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, has partnered with the Bissell Pet Foundation for Fall 2021 “Empty shelters”Adoption event.

That means Houstonians can get an adoption fee waiver until Sunday, October 10 for all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in fixed shelters.

Interested parties should visit the BARC Adoption Center (3300 Carr St.) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To scan adoptable animals, expectant parents can visit BARC website.

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

Empty the Shelters has placed more than 61,781 pets in forever homes (“furever” in animal parlance). Earlier this spring, BARC adopted a total of 56 Houston-area pets with the campaign, the organization reports.

“Shelters are in urgent need of support following natural disasters and overcrowding due to barriers such as increased length of stay and slower adoptions for medium to large dogs,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of Bissell Pet Foundation, in a statement.

“Our fall ‘Empty Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters during this time of crisis. Opening your home to a shelter animal will save a life and create a space for another animal to have a chance.

Future parents can visit the foundation website or BARC official site for more information and to meet new adorable friends.


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