BARC Is Overflowing with Cats, Y'all!

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If you've been sitting around your pad, thinking to yourself, "Gee, I really should adopt a cat, but I should probably wait until the shelter is freaking overloaded with like a gazillion of 'em," then you're in luck!

Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care took in 82 cats Tuesday -- 29 of which came from two homes -- which brings the total feline population to 275.

BARC is asking people to consider adopting, fostering or donating in order to save these kitties.

"We are doing everything we can to save these cats," BARC Adoptions Coordinator Taran Hutchins said in a press release. "Our staff and volunteers are working overtime to place them with adopters, rescue groups and fosters, but we need help. We are taking in animals much faster than we can get them out, and the only way we can save them is if members of the community step forward and provide a home for them. Even if it's temporary."

In addition to the Great Cat Deluge, BARC took in 52 dogs Tuesday -- in the last week alone, the shelter took in 288 dogs and puppies and 267 cats and kittens. That's a lot of mother-effing bundles of joy who need a home.

"Please think twice before taking an animal into BARC's facility," Hutchins also said in the release. "We need those that are considering taking an animal to BARC to do everything they can to find alternative places to take them first. Consider taking the animal to a local rescue group or re-homing him or her to a friend, colleague or family member. We should only be a last resort."

You can check BARC's site to learn more about alternative placement ideas.

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