BARC is Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility. They have just opened a brand new facility and low and behold at about the same time (July 31st) someone turns up with 60 cats to abandon to the shelter. Perhaps the timing was deliberate.
BARC think that the number is a record. I hope they have had a record number of adopters as well because it must place a strain on a shelter to deal with such a sharp influx of cats. They appear to be getting along okay in this big cage. Not all of them are in it, I presume. Because they are getting along in very cramped conditions it indicates they were living together with a hoarder but we don’t know.
This might be a record. A resident just dropped off 49 adult cats and 13 kittens. If you’re looking for a new kitty, now is the time! These kitties came in as stray so they won’t be available for adoption for three more days.
BARC is celebrating Clear the Shelters August 15th with $20 Adoptions! Come support a great cause!
BARC have a good network on social media and they collaborate with Houston Pet Rescue groups. I wonder how many have been adopted over the past five days.
Jilliann Gonzalez writes:
When you drop off an animal at a shelter, if you say stray they will get a 3 day hold while they give their owner time to claim them. Then try and adopt them out. If you tell the shelter the animal is yours they can euthanize right away for space if needed. Being an owner surrender is not automatic death, but a stray sometimes has a better chance due to the 3 day hold and maybe getting a little time for exposure.
This is more than likely an owner surrender but they wanted to give the kitties at least a chance to get adopted.
Jilliann makes a good point. Did this person – we have no idea who he or she is – deliberately describe this clowder of cats and kittens as strays to prolong the time in the shelter before they are considered for euthanasia? It looks that way.
In one respect you have to admire the person for thinking rationally about caring for these cats. It is sad, though, to think their lives are in danger.
Cindy Shepard writes:
We seriously need more cat rescues in Houston. If people think the dogs have a problem, they wouldn’t believe how bad it is for the cats.