With the community's help, the City's shelter hopes to reach unprecedented animal save rates
Starting November 1, BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions is launching an all hands on deck effort to reach a cumulative 90 percent animal save rate from November 2016 through January 2017. The initiative, called 90-for-90, comes after a successful one-month effort in November 2015 to reach a historic 90 percent save rate. One year later, BARC is taking a leap to expand the effort to last 90 days instead of only 30.
"Over the last few years, Houstonians have helped us reach save rates that we once only considered a pipe dream. We have built robust programs such as adoptions, transfer and rescue, foster, trap-neuter-return and return-to-owner that have helped increase annual save rates from 51 percent in 2013 and 63 percent in 2014 to 74 percent in 2015 and 78 percent so far in 2016," said Ashtyn Rivet, BARC's Marketing and Outreach Manager. "We have a great staff, hardworking volunteers and dedicated management that are ready to reach historic save rates over the next three months. In November 2015, we exceeded a 94 percent save rate through the 90-N-November initiative. We are excited to take the initiative to the next level with a longer time frame."
This effort will not be easy considering the ever-changing and unpredictable number and condition of animals entering BARC daily. Many of the animals that come through BARC's doors need rehabilitation and more than a little bit of TLC, but staff and volunteers treat every animal as if it were their own. With an upward trajectory in save rates and a team of supporters standing by, BARC is ready to test the limits of every organizational function to reach this new goal.
"We are going to do everything possible to make this dream a reality, but we can’t do it without Houston’s help," said Rivet. "If you have been considering adding a furry member to your family, now is the time to adopt a pet. If you can take a pet into your home for a brief period of time, become a foster parent. If you can't take a pet into your home but want to help, please volunteer or donate."
Since its massive transformation in 2009, BARC has worked to set the standard for live release programs and animal enforcement among municipal shelters across the country. A few recent accomplishments include completing the first phase of a new adoption center, launching the Healthy Pets Healthy Streets free spay/neuter program, and opening Texas’ first municipal in-house, low-cost spay/neuter clinic called Fixin’ Houston. With increased public engagement and strong support from partners such as Rescued Pets Movement (RPM) and sponsors such as Proler Southwest/Sims Metal Management, BARC is better positioned than ever before to strive for this goal.
"While there is no promise that we can reach this goal, the steps BARC and the City of Houston take along the way will help us continue to learn what it takes, financially and operationally, to sustain a 90 percent save rate," said Rivet.
You can be the difference in an animal’s life. Please help BARC save more animals during the 90-for-90 effort.
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. Visit www.HoustonBARC.com to donate to BARC online.