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BARC Houston to Lower Pet Adoption Fees with Return of Empty the Shelter Campaign

During the Empty the Shelters campaign, adoption fees will be reduced to $10 for all animals. (Courtesy of BARC)

BARC-Houstonthe City of Houston Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, is hosting an Empty the Shelters campaign with Bissell Pet Foundation May 3-15 with reduced adoption fees.

Bissell launched the Empty the Shelters campaign in 2016 in the group’s 45 states and Canada. It has since become the foundation’s largest program with more than 83,000 pets adopted, according to an April 27 press release.

“Shelters across the country are over capacity and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the biggest crises in years,” said founder Cathy Bissell.

For the duration of the campaign, adoption fees will be reduced to $10 for all pets. According to the BARC website, standard adoption fees are normally $50 for a dog five months or older, $75 for a puppy, and $20 for all cats and kittens.

BARC officials also partnered with the Empty the Shelters campaign in 2021, which officials called a success. A total of 238 pets have been adopted, according to the statement.

To adopt an animal, Houstonians can visit the BARC Adoption Center from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each campaign day at 3300 Carr St., Houston.

During the weekend of April 30-May 1, BARC Houston will also have a reduced adoption fee to celebrate National Adopt-A-Pet-From-Shelter Day. Adult dogs will cost $10, but puppies, cats, and kittens will still be the standard adoption fee.

A number of other animal shelters in the Greater Houston area will also have reduced prices to celebrate Adopt a Pet Shelter Day. A list can be found here.


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