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 More than 500 cats and kittens have entered BARC since May 1, and 225 of those cats and kittens entered the shelter just in the past week. BARC needs Houston's help immediately to ensure these felines get the home and family they deserve. Many of the cats at BARC are adult cats, but nearly 360 of the cats taken into the shelter since May 1 are kittens. More than 60 cats and kittens entered BARC on Friday, May 17.

"Kitten season is still in full swing and it doesn't look like intake is going to slow down any time soon," said Taran Hutchins, BARC Adoptions Coordinator. "We are getting more kittens than adult cats right now, and most of them are too small for adoption. If you want to make a difference in the life of an animal, now is the time to do it. Become a foster parent to a kitten that isn't quite ready for adoption and shouldn't have to be confined to a shelter for the first few weeks or months of its life. Kittens need love, attention and socialization, and it should be in a home with a family, not in a shelter. We need Houston's help to make sure all of the cats at BARC are adopted or fostered."

Though the number of under-aged kittens taken into BARC has been higher over the last couple of months, there are many older kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as well as hundreds of dogs. Houstonians can view the cats and dogs available for adoption at BARC by visiting the Adopt a Pet/Search Available Pets page on www.HoustonBARC.com, and then clicking on the Pet Harbor logo at the bottom of the page. The list of available animals is updated every hour.

BARC's facility, located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston 77026, is open for adoptions every Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Nearly 70 cats and kittens at BARC need foster homes. Houstonians interested in becoming a BARC foster pet parent can visit the "Foster a Pet" page at www.HoustonBARC.com to learn more about the program. All fosters must live within Houston's city limits, must be at least 18 years old and come in person to the shelter to speak with the foster coordinator. Find out more about BARC's foster requirements on BARC's website.

Some kittens in need of foster care simply need socialization and special attention through the first few months of their lives, and others are "bottle babies" which means they are not old enough to eat solid food and must be fed from a bottle. BARC provides fosters with bottle-baby supplies such as bottles and formula. Litters of kittens should be fostered together, especially if they are nursing with a mother.

If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet or temporarily foster a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a BARC volunteer.

Pictured: Mac, a BARC kitty, and one of many in need of foster care at BARC. Many others are available for adoption.

The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.

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