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June 10, 2022

BARC to Host 'Rescue Rally' Through Thursday, June 30

BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will be hosting a "Rescue Rally" from Friday, June 10, through Thursday, June 30, 2022. Throughout these dates, BARC will utilize more than $15,000 made available by Mayor Sylvester Turner and District C Council Member Abbie Kamin to provide sponsorship dollars for any rescue that pulls a dog from the City's Animal Shelter.

To participate, rescue groups must follow the BARC tagging process to tag and pull dogs into their program, and all tagged dogs must leave the shelter within 24 hours. Groups who are not currently approved as a BARC rescue can visit to get more details on the requirements to become an approved BARC rescue organization. The event will cover all qualifying dogs transferred to rescues during the rally period until funding is depleted.

"While we encourage rescue partners to focus on dogs that have been in shelter for more than 20 days, all dogs that have been in our shelter 10 days or more will be eligible for the financial incentive," said Greg Damianoff, BARC Shelter Director. "The sponsorship funding could incentive rescues to potentially save more than 200 shelter animals. We're incredibly grateful to Mayor Turner and Council Member Kamin for committing these funds to help support our dedicated rescue partners."

Sponsorship Funding will be available for:

Dogs in shelter greater than 20 days - $100
Dogs in shelter between 10 - 19 days - $75
* Moms with litters will count as one.

Each rescue group must register with the city as a vendor to receive the reimbursement. Visit to register, or contact the Vendor's Assistance Desk at or by calling 832.393.8800.

Each rescue group must submit an invoice by Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at with their rescue's name and contact information along with a list of animals rescued during this time frame. The invoice must include the animal name, animal ID, age, breed, and species.

About BARC
BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, takes in more than 25,000 animals annually regardless of behavior, breed, or medical condition. BARC works each day to improve Houstonians and their pets' health and safety by pioneering programs such as low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach.

Through these programs and with community partners' support, BARC's live release rate has continued to improve and reached a historic high of 94.1% in 2021.

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