Today, Mayor Annise Parker joined BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions to celebrate the completion of Phase I of the municipal animal shelter’s brand new adoption campus. The ribbon cutting signifies a major milestone for BARC and the City of Houston.
“We’ve been anticipating this day since we announced our plans to build a state-of-the-art pet adoption center for Houston in 2012,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “BARC developed a campus that fosters a unique and memorable experience for adopters in an environment where adoptable animals can thrive. Not a single design detail was overlooked in this beautiful and modern facility.”
The new campus incorporates American Kennel Club (AKC) standards including abundant natural light, indoor and outdoor runs for dogs and AKC-certified kennel sizes. Phase I includes the store-front of the building which houses administrative offices and the shell of the cat adoption facility, a courtyard, two dog adoption kennels, three outdoor dog runs and the parking lot. The kennels will hold 20 adult dogs and between 50 and 60 puppies. Future phases will provide space for about 130 additional adult dogs, a cattery, a meeting and education building, and a spay/neuter clinic.
“Happy animals are healthy animals and BARC worked tirelessly to create a comfortable and safe environment for every animal and person that enters it,” said Parker.
Please note that the adoption campus will officially open to the public and animals will move into the facility later this summer.
“This is a huge day for us,” said Ashtyn Rivet, BARC Marketing and Outreach Manager. “We’re celebrating the new face of BARC. The adoption center represents the City of Houston’s steps toward setting a higher standard for municipal shelters across the country not just in adoptions and live release, but also in animal control, spay/neuter and pet wellness. We have worked hard over the past few years to create an organization focused on placing homeless animals into forever homes and building a customer-friendly environment for Houstonians. This is a logical next step for BARC and for Houston as a whole. We couldn’t have done these things without the support of Mayor Parker, Houston City Council Members and thousands of supporters across Houston.”
The City of Houston contributed $6.1 Million to complete the construction of Phase I of the new adoption campus. The remaining sections of the building are projected to cost about $11 Million and will rely on the giving of private donations.
Leading Houston and Texas firms contributed to the design, including Jackson & Ryan Architects, Inc. and Teal Construction Company. A special thanks to Trees of Houston for donating all of the trees and greenery throughout the new location.
The simplest and most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, and pets throughout our community, is talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, visit www.HoustonBARCFoundation.org.