If you haven't already registered for this year's iWalk for Animals, now's the time! We need your help to raise $500,000 for Houston's abandoned, neglected and abused animals. You can form a team with your friends, join a team that already exists, or just make a donation to your friend's page. Join us on Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00am until 11:30am, and bring your pets for a fun-filled festival atmosphere! There will be a 5K Canine Caper and a 1K Pup Strut, and registration is free. Head on over to www.iWalkforAnimals.org for all the details.
The Houston SPCA 2017 Calendar Contest is Now Open
Make your pet a star!
The Houston SPCA 2017 Calendar Photo Contest is now open for submissions and voting. The TOP 29 PHOTOS WITH THE MOST VOTES will be included in our 2017 CALENDAR, and the photo with the most votes overall will be the COVER STAR! Your pet does not need to have been adopted from the Houston SPCA to participate. Enter today, vote for your favorites, and share the contest link with your friends and family! Contest for online entries closes October 14 at 11:59 p.m. CT. In-person entries and votes will only be accepted at the shelter until 1:00 p.m. October 12 at 900 Portway Drive.
All proceeds benefit Houston SPCA’s lifesaving mission.
Houston SPCA Rescue Animals Teach Kids Inside and Outside the Classroom
Adopting a furry ‘study buddy’ can impart valuable life lessons
The Houston SPCA offers lessons to be learned from shelter animals, whether it is adopting one to have as a “study buddy” at home or inviting a humane educator into the classroom. Shelter pets and humane education teach valuable lessons that may help children grow up to become better people. Adopting a shelter pet, not only teaches children important character-building lessons, but it is also a great way to provide a child with a ‘study buddy." Through interacting with animals children also learn about traditional school subjects like science (how and when animals move, what they eat, where they sleep) and literacy (develop confidence with reading out loud to a nonjudgmental audience).
Lessons in responsible pet care and respect for animals can also be a part of the classroom experience without a live, classroom pet. The Houston SPCA offers free humane education lessons and project-based learning programs for school classrooms, as well as presentations for school assemblies in the Houston area. The pre-K to 12th grade lessons are TEKS-aligned and addresses the TEA-recommended character education values. School groups from the Houston metro area are also encouraged to visit the Houston SPCA for a scheduled field trip.
To learn more about the Houston SPCA’s diverse selection of visit www.HoustonSPCA.org. To arrange for a Houston SPCA humane education lesson, presentation or fieldtrip, call (713) 869-7722 ext. 143 or email education@HoustonSPCA.org.
Houston SPCA Encourages Pet Owners to “Check the Chip” on August 15
The Houston SPCA is reminding all pet owners in the Houston metro area that August 15 is National Check the Chip Day—pet owners are encouraged to check and update the contact information registered with their pet’s microchip. From 11a.m. to 7p.m. on Monday, August 15, people can bring their pets to the Houston SPCA for a complimentary microchip scan. Staff will tell the owner what information is contained on the microchip and provide information on how to update their pet’s microchip registration.
We have more than 200 animals ready to meet you! Help us find a home for all of them. During the Clear The Shelters Event on Saturday, July 23 we will be open from 9a.m. to 6p.m. Adoption fess for select animals will be waived and others will be available for an adoption fee of $23 (Excluding horses, farm animals and dogs in the Spot Peabody Room).
Throughout the day Houston SPCA will hold complimentary “Happy Homecoming “sessions with a Houston SPCA animal behaviorist, who will provide tips and insights on how to set a pet up for a smooth and successful transition from shelter to home. Be sure to commemorate the adoption of your new family member and stop by our portrait studio to receive a complimentary photo session. Kids and/or adults will also have the opportunity to partake in complimentary face painting!
The Houston SPCA has been assisting with water rescues since the flooding began. We also have teams on standby to help pet owners staying in Red Cross emergency shelters. Please consider donating to help us continue our mission by visiting www.HoustonSPCA.org/give.
The Houston SPCA is a BBB-accredited charity, and Wednesday we were honored to be named a 2016 Winner of Distinction by the Better Business Bureau. Montryce and Brian proudly accepted the award on behalf of the shelter.
The Houston Business Journal recognized “Women Who Mean Business” on Wednesday night. Houston SPCA President, Patricia Mercer, was one of ten finalists in the nonprofit category.
Natural disasters can strike at any time and it’s important to be prepared. Thursday morning, Houston SPCA President Patricia Mercer, was on the air promoting emergency preparedness in advance of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (May 14). Families looking to view the entire Pet Emergency Go-Kit, or to learn more tips about disaster preparedness and safety, can visit HillsPet.com/PetPrepared. The Houston SPCA is a member of the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network.
Intervening on behalf of nearly 50,000 animals in need each year is an expensive endeavor, and your generous donation today will help further our mission. Donating to the Houston SPCA is an investment in your community because your entire donation is used locally to benefit the animals of our area.