From the Mayor's Office of Communications
BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoptions Center, and City Council Member Karla Cisneros launched a new mobile adoption trailer that will boost BARC’s "live release" efforts across Houston.
The 16-foot trailer, purchased with a $36,000 donation from Cisneros, will provide mobile adoption events and animal transports for Healthy Pets, Healthy Streets – BARC’s citywide, free spay/neuter program.
“BARC has so many adoptable dogs and cats that deserve loving homes and we are grateful for Council Member Cisneros’ generous donation," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "Thanks to her support, BARC will now have two mobile adoption trailers out in the community, helping homeless pets find forever homes and bringing free spay/neuter services to neighborhoods with high stray animal populations.”
“One of our city’s biggest ongoing challenges is the animal overpopulation crisis," the District H council member said. "As a council member, it has been important to me to support solutions that bolster adoptions and reduce the homeless dog and cat population, whether that be through adoptions or strategic prevention measures."
“I am so thrilled to support BARC’s efforts to keep the dogs and cats of District H and all of Houston off the streets and in safe, loving homes," she added.
BARC takes in between 25,000 and 30,000 animals annually regardless of behavior, breed, or medical condition. It works each day to improve the health and safety of Houstonians and their pets by pioneering programs such as no- and low-cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach.
Through these programs and with support from the community, BARC’s live release rate has improved from single-digits in 2009 to 84 percent in 2017.