HOUSTON -

In less than 48 hours, BARC Houston's only open admission shelter hit capacity.

BARC took in 174 dogs and cats Tuesday and on Wednesday the shelter took in 122 of both animals.

The shelter is currently over its maximum capacity of 550 dogs and cats, with a total of 613.

“Every single enclosed space is full right now,” said Chris Newport, BARC's spokesman.

“Taking in over 100 animals per day has become routine for us, but we've never seen back to back intake like this,” Newport said.

According to Newport, the shelter has taken in more animals in 48 hours than most shelters across the U.S. can hold.

“We need to get these animals out,” said Newport.

Every adoption, foster, rescue and donation can change an animal's life.

A list of available animals is available online.

According to Newport, the entire staff and volunteers are working overtime to “consider every option” for getting the animals out of BARC and into homes.

“This is not an impossible task,” said Newport.

If anyone would like to help, you can by fostering, adopting or volunteering.

BARC is located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston, 77026 and is open for adoptions Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. To 6 p.m.

The best thing to do to help BARC Houston is to talk to your friends and family about caring for pets responsibly.

For additional information please visit: HoustonBARC.com.