HOUSTON’S BARC KILLED 6,600+ PETS IN 2016 WHILE IGNORING
COST EFFECTIVE AND FREE LIFESAVING PROGRAMS
Houston - Mayor Turner recently stated that the Save Rate at Houston’s taxpayer funded animal control shelter, BARC, was 80.4% in 2016. But BARC's intake and outcome records show that this is not true. In 2016, BARC, took in 28,579 dogs, cats and “other” animals. In the same time frame, 6,643 pets were killed or lost by BARC, or died while in their custody. This equals a 76.76% Save Rate.
“There are many programs and services that BARC could have implemented years ago, that would save thousands of pets' lives each year. Many of these programs would cost little to nothing to implement, and some would even bring in revenue to BARC. But BARC's leadership has not bothered to implement them. BARC management instead 'exaggerates' their Save Rates to the public and media”, said Bett Sundermeyer, President of No Kill Houston.
Across the US, there are 200+ Open Admission shelters like BARC, serving 500+ cities and towns, who are saving 90% to even 100% of all pets entering their doors. They have all comprehensively implemented the programs and services of the No Kill model of sheltering to accomplish these remarkable Save Rates.
As an example, BARC’s Return to Owner rate has hovered at 7% for years, but other Open Admission shelters have Return to Owner rates at 60%+. If BARC comprehensively implemented the same Return to Owner program, it would free up more than 8,000 kennels each year, and also save the city more than $900,000 each year. It would cost little to nothing to implement this lifesaving program. Conversely, it costs taxpayer dollars to intake, process, and then kill pets and dispose of their bodies.
"That is revenue negative operations. Returning pets to their owners saves money and, of course, it is more humane. The fact that BARC is still killing thousands of pets each year, while there are cost effective alternatives, is horrendous and inexcusable” said Sundermeyer.