BARC Is Bursting at the Seams and Needs Your Help

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If you've ever considered adopting or fostering an animal, listen up: Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care has taken in nearly 600 dogs and cats in the last week, busting the shelter's capacity. These furry dudes and dudettes need your help, stat.

"Taking in over 100 animals per day has become routine for us over the summer time months," BARC Marketing and Outreach Lead Ashtyn Rivet stated in a press release. "With 611 dogs and cats, the shelter is far over its maximum capacity of 550....BARC urges Houston to take immediate action to ensure as many of them go home with a new family as possible."

You can even shop for a critter online, with BARC's handy pet search.The site will also tell you everything you need to know in order to become a foster.

BARC's foster coordinators will work with you to find just the right companion. According to the release, "foster parents can simply provide shelter for a nursing cat with kittens, or take on a special needs animal like a high heartworm positive dog or a bottle-baby kitten."

You can make a huge difference in these animals' lives -- and they can definitely make a huge difference in yours, too. Trust us: it kicks much ass to have them around. (They're especially good for people who like to talk to themselves, because then you'll at least have an audience. Not that we know anything about that personally).

And also keep in mind that BARC offers free spay/neuter services through the Healthy Pets Healthy Streets program.

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