Where do Houston’s furrier residents tend to congregate? Jeff Reichman’s latest city data tinkering provides some clues — the clickable heatmap above highlights the areas where the city’s BARC program got the most calls this year for services like stray pickups and code enforcements related to domestic animals. BARC is currently in the middle of a 3-month push for a 90-percent no-kill rate of its collected and surrendered menagerie, after a successful 1-month push for that rate last November; the average euthanization rate for the program reportedly flipped from about 80 percent euthanized to about 80 percent released alive between 2005 and 2015.
The map above shows some 13,000 calls for BARC services — not counting thousands of cancelled requests — received between January 1 and mid-October for the organization. As to how many total strays are hanging out around town: The city points to some estimates that there could be more than 1 million stray animals residing within the city limits, though that number has been in dispute for a while now.
- BARC Animal Shelther & Adoptions [City of Houston]
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Map of 2016 BARC service call density: Jeff Reichman