Mayor Annise Parker announced today the kickoff to a plan to get 2,100 dogs and cats adopted out of Houston facilities in order to win a $100,000 grant sponsored by TV food guru Rachael Ray.
Houston's BARC is one of 50 operations across the country to qualify as a finalist in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge:
From August 1 - October 31, each shelter will work to save at least 300 more lives than their shelter saved between August and October, 2011. The shelter with the greatest increase in lives saved compared to their previous year's total will win the $100,000 grand prize grant.
Parker said the move shows improvements made at the chronically troubled BARC operation.
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"BARC has taken incredible strides since its 2009 transformation. I am so proud of the staff and volunteers who have built it into what it is today," Parker said today. "BARC is taking its effort to save Houston's homeless animals to a whole new level. There is no reason Houston shouldn't win this competition." BARC will cut adoption fees in half during the competition.
Should Houston win the grant, it will buy a mobile adoption vehicle:
Currently BARC hosts off-site adoptions at various locations throughout the city each weekend. Most of the locations are indoors to keep animals and staff from being exposed to extreme temperatures. With a mobile adoption vehicle BARC will travel greater distances throughout the city for adoptions and animal care.