HOUSTON- As the warmer weather takes hold in Houston, BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is taking in hundreds of animals every week. BARC needs immediate help from Houstonians to ensure as many of these animals leave the shelter through the adoption, foster and rescue programs as possible. With Houston’s help, more of the animals at BARC could be placed in forever homes than ever.

“We really need help right now,” said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. “We have taken in 573 animals just in the past week, and more are coming in every day. Getting these animals into the homes they deserve must be a community-wide effort. Even if you can’t permanently adopt a pet, you can help by temporarily fostering an animal or even just by spreading the word to friends, family and co-workers. We thank Mayor Parker for her constant support of BARC’s animals and her willingness to do everything she can to help find homes for them.”

More than 5,600 animals have already been saved at BARC this year through adoptions, fosters, rescue groups, returns to owner and the Trap-Neuter-Return program. If more Houstonians come forward to get involved in BARC’s efforts, more and more animals could be placed with new families.

BARC’s facility, located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston 77026, is open for adoptions every Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Please note that BARC will be closed to the public on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.

In addition to the adoption and foster/rescue programs, BARC’s robust volunteer program provides an opportunity for the community to get involved in the effort to change the lives of Houston’s homeless animals. Volunteers contribute many different skills and talents to benefit BARC’s animals at the shelter and across the City. Each volunteer brings new and unique qualities to BARC that help improve every aspect of the organization. Find out more about BARC’s volunteer program by visiting