Awhile ago I had a dog that got lost after there was an accident in the vehicle he was in. After the accident he ran off, over a major freeway and was not seen again – for awhile. We scoured the area, put up posters and contacted many of the local Houston animal shelters in the area. Eventually the dog was found, several weeks later, by someone who saw the fliers. But in dealing with many of the Houston animal shelters I am very impressed with the care and attention they gave to try and locate a lost dog. Many of them called whenever a dog matching my dog’s description was brought in. Plus, while searching for my dog I could really see how well they take care of the lost or unwanted animals and urge anyone looking for a pet to first check the Houston animal shelters and give a good dog or cat a loving home. Some of the best Houston animal shelters I dealt with include:
Houston animal shelter – Houston SPCA
The Houston SPCA is a nonprofit organization that provides a number of services to Houston pets. They provide abuse investigation, shelter and adoptions, training and support to Houston residents. Their mission is to “promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.” You can locate this Houston animal shelter at 900 Portway Drive or contact them via phone at 713-869-SPCA (7722). Their 24 hour injured animal rescue hotline is 713.880.HELP. For those who want to help support this Houston animal shelter they accept donations and there are a variety of ways to give. You can check out their wish list and determine what you are able to do to help. There are also volunteer opportunities where you can participate in events, volunteer at the shelter or apply to be a foster caregiver to a pet.
Houston animal shelter – Houston Humane Society
The Houston Humane Society states their mission on the website. “The Houston Humane Society (HHS) is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to eliminating cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals. We receive no federal, state, or local funding and rely solely on donations and special events. HHS is committed to creating the awareness of animal rights throughout the Houston community by providing numerous animal welfare programs for Houston area residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, R.A.I.D.E.R. cruelty investigations, and Houston’s only $30 spay and neuter clinic.” Their dedication to this mission is evident in the array of services this Houston animal shelter offers including adoptions, shelter, clinic, education and abuse investigation. For those who want to support this Houston animal shelter you can do so in a number of ways. There are also volunteer opportunities and you can apply directly from their website or contact them. They are located at 14700 Almeda Rd. and can be reached via phone at 713/433-6421.
Houston Animal Shelter – Special Pals
Special Pals states, “Our mission at Special Pals is to make the world a better place for healthy cats and dogs by providing temporary shelter, healthcare, an alternative to euthanasia, adoptive homes and education to the community about the responsibilities of pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering.” This Houston animal shelter takes in a select number of dogs and cats as well as offers boarding and clinic services. They coordinate donations to help with the housing of displaced pets. In addition they are currently looking for volunteers not only to assist directly with pets but to help in other areas of maintaining this Houston animal shelter. You can reach them at 281-579-PETS or in person at 3830 Greenhouse Road.
Houston animal shelter – Friends for Life
Friends for Life is a full service Houston animal shelter that tries to provide alternatives to killing a pet. These services include placement of animals, fostering, feeding support services, training and more. They take what may be a problem and try to work with it whenever possible to allow the original owners to keep their pet. If not possible, they provide adoption services. Their mission as stated on their site is, “Friends For Life redefines “adoptable.” We rescue, medically treat, and place animals into loving homes. We provide support to owners to keep animals in their homes and out of the shelter system altogether. Our humane education/engagement programs promote the view that animals are not disposable, but are companions who deserve our care and compassion. Our youth advocacy programs facilitate bringing to life kids’ ideas to make the world a better place. While there is immediate animal rescue work to be done, the path to permanent change is in expanding our circle of compassion toward animals and toward each other.” There are ways to donate as well as to volunteer your time. Friends for Life has two adoptions centers at 2902 S. Shepherd and 246 W. 19th and can be reached via phone at 713-861-9500.
Houston animal shelter – CAP
Citizens for Animal Protection, more commonly known as CAP, can be visited at 11925 Katy Freeway and can be reached via phone at 281-497-0591. This Houston animal shelter provides a number of services including adoptions, sheltering, clinic services and fostering. According to their site “CAP speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves through the following programs and services: Shelter & Care; Pet Adoption; Spaying & Neutering; Pet Care Counseling; Lost & Found Pets; Feral Cat Assistance Program; Pets for Seniors; Pet Facilitated Therapy; Humane Education; and Pet Supply Shop and CAP Thrift Store.” For those who wish to help this non profit organization in their efforts in protecting animals there are a number of ways to support this Houston animal shelter including donating, volunteering, providing wish list items and shopping at their store.
For anyone who has knowledge of abuse or neglect, contact one of these Houston animal shelters. Also, if you are looking to adopt a pet, need training, supplies or veterinary care, look to these Houston animal shelters first and support them in their endeavors to protect the animals in their care.
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Houston Humane Society, “Houston Humane Society.” Houston Humane Society Website
Special Pals Shelter, “Special Pals.” Special Pals Shelter
Friends for Life, “Friends for Life.” Friends for Life
CAP, “CAP.” CAP