BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions kicked off the final weekend of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) $100K Challenge at City Hall yesterday. BARC employees and volunteers were joined by Houston Council Member Jack Christie to accept the third annual “Pawz for a Cauze” donation of food and supplies from the nationally-recognized pet retailer Natural Pawz. Numerous fifth and sixth grade students from the Escamilla Intermediate School of Aldine Independent School District even joined the celebration to help BARC accept one of the largest donations ever given to the animal shelter. The donation will benefit BARC’s foster pet pantry throughout the holidays.
“Three years ago our hearts were touched by BARC and the true dedication of the people running it. In 2010, we started ‘Pawz for a Cauze’ to help support Houston’s animals during the holiday season.” said Biff Picone, co-owner of Natural Pawz. “We donated $10,000 worth of food and supplies for the first two years of the donation drive. This year, we are excited to announce that we were able to double that donation with $25,000 worth of food and supplies for BARC’s foster program. That’s more than 10,000 pounds of high-quality pet food, toys, and other supplies!”
This weekend, Natural Pawz is taking their support one step further by joining BARC to host a Howl-O-Ween Mega Adoption Event on Saturday, October 27 at the Natural Pawz in the Heights (514 West 19th Street, 77008) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m to ensure a strong finish in the $100K Challenge. With 1,616 pet adoptions so far, BARC is working to find homes for nearly 500 more dogs and cats this weekend.
Dog adoptions will be $20 and cat adoptions will be $10. All of the animals adopted at the event will receive a free bag of food, a toy, and a coupon on their first bag of pet food at Natural Pawz (all compliments of Natural Pawz). Plus, there will be Howl-O-Ween festivities and adoptions at BARC, 3200 Carr Street from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the weekend.
BARC’s pet adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a city license, a microchip with lifetime registration and more. BARC’s adoption process including basic eligibility requirements can be viewed at About Adopting at BARC on BARC’s website.
“BARC is honored to have the support of the customers and supporters of such a great company,” said Carlene Lormand, BARC’s Marketing and Outreach Manager. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity not only to accept such a generous donation but also to be working with them to finish strong in the ASPCA $100K Challenge. We can’t thank Natural Pawz enough for the support they continue to give to BARC every single year. It truly means the world to us.”
The food and supplies donated through “Pawz for a Cauze” enable BARC to provide additional care for foster pets, which creates the opportunity for more animals to be fostered and/or adopted. The gift will result in more adoptions from BARC by:
• Supplying high-quality natural pet food to BARC fosters for free, which eases the burden for foster homes and results in more foster homes and animals.
• Improving the mood and behavior of adoptable BARC animals due to the generous toys donated. More play time makes animals happier and healthier, which helps increase their adoptability.
• Setting a great community example by helping BARC change the future for Houston’s homeless animals.
“Natural Pawz does so much to help support our community and its animals. I want to thank you for this incredible donation,” said Council Member Christie. “BARC is doing wonderful things for Houston’s homeless pets and I know today’s donation will help grow their foster and adoption programs even more.”
“We owe a big thank you to our customers and supporters who made this donation possible. Their generous donations are the reason we are able to help BARC’s animals,” said Picone. “We hope all of Houston will come out to Natural Pawz in the Heights this Saturday and see the amazing pets available for adoption at BARC. Every single one of them deserves a great home.”
By visiting www.votetosavelives.org and voting for BARC through Wednesday, October 31, Houstonians have the opportunity to help BARC win a $25,000 grant to continue improving BARC’s adoption program. If BARC supporters were unable to adopt a furry friend from BARC over the last couple of months, this is a perfect way to help support Houston’s homeless animals. Voters just need a Facebook account in order to confirm their I.D. prior to voting.