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Report Says Houston Doesn’t Have Enough Homes for Their Pet Population

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It’s a heartbreaking concept to conceive of for animal lovers, but there are more animals than homes in the Houston area. BARC employees spoke with KHOU to spread the word on what they do for the community and how people can help.

BARC, the city’s official shelter and adoption center for animals, describes itself on their Facebook as “the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, and circumstance (from owner surrender, stray pickup, rescued or confiscated animals).” They note that the major issues in Houston are lack of education on how to care for an animal and the local weather. Since Houston doesn’t really experience a hard winter, breeding season is year-round. Sadly, that makes for a large population of unwanted animals.

KHOU reports that one out of five from a population of 34,000 animals that came into the shelter last year passed away due to natural causes, illness or euthanization.To help BARC out, Houstonians can make sure to spay or neuter their pet and recommend others to facilities like “Fixin” Houston Spay and Neuter Clinic who perform these surgeries for free or at a low cost. Of course, another great way to help is to adopt and don’t shop! More information about BARC can be found here.