Admissions

Admissions to the Houston SPCA are by appointment only, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We do charge a nominal fee to admit an animal to the shelter. We require this because we do not euthanize animals for space or at the end of a certain time period and we proudly place 100 percent of our healthy animals into loving new homes, with adoption partners or in reputable sanctuaries. Appointments cannot be made over the Internet.  Please call (713) 869-7722 for scheduling.

The admissions fee structure is as follows, effective January 1, 2014:

Adult dog - $35

Adult cat - $20

Puppies and kittens under 6 months old - $15 (Maximum of $50 per litter.)

Medium to large parrots - $35

Small to medium birds - $15

Small birds - $3

Rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, goats, sheep - $15

Small rodents - $3

Poultry, waterfowl - $3

Pigs - $100

Horses, donkeys, mules - $100

  • Must have all vaccinations (Rabies, West Nile, equine encephalitis, tetanus)
  • Must have current worming (within 1 month)
  • Must have current Coggins test (within 6 months)-Males must be gelded

ADMISSION FAQS

Why do you charge an admissions fee? The Houston SPCA charges a very nominal fee to admit your animal to our shelter.  We do not euthanize animals for space or at the end of a certain time period and we proudly place 100 percent of our healthy animals into loving new homes. Once your dog or cat arrives at our shelter and is accepted into the adoptions program, he/she is vaccinated, dewormed, spayed or neutered and microchipped. Canines over 6 months of age are tested for heartworm disease. While at our shelter your pet’s health and behavior is continually monitored. We estimate that it costs us approximately $400 to get a pet ready for adoption.

Don’t you get my tax dollars to accept unwanted animals? No. The Houston SPCA is a private non-profit charity that receives no tax dollars or funding from the government, the United Way or other animal protection organizations like the ASPCA or HSUS. 

Can you guarantee that my pet will be adopted since I have to pay a fee? No.  We do our best and proudly place 100 percent of our healthy animals into loving new homes. But we cannot guarantee placement if your pet develops medical or behavioral issues after being accepted into our adoption program.

Will I be charged a fee if I decide not to surrender my pet? No.

Will there be a fee for adoption returns? An admission fee will not be charged for any adopted animal that is returned within 30 days of placement.

What if I change my mind and want my pet back? If you leave your animal with us you will sign a contract relinquishing ownership and all rights to that animal. There is no remorse period and we will not contact you regarding final disposition.

Will the Houston SPCA accept my stray animal? We encourage people to take stray animals to the appropriate animal control agency for their area. Stray animals are admitted to our shelter by appointment only. We will accept an animal as a stray if he/she has been in your possession for less than 14 days. We also accept injured stray animals through our 24-hour injured animal rescue ambulance service.

What if the animal has been in my possession for more than 14 days? If you have been confining and caring for an animal for 14 days or more on your property, we consider that animal to be your property and not a stray. Please admit him/her as an “owned” animal through our admissions program so that he/she can be evaluated and, if found to be healthy, immediately placed into our adoptions program if possible.

What if I need to have my animal euthanized? There is no fee for owner-requested euthanasia. The service is donation-based for dogs, cats and small mammals. However, there is a $100 fee for horses and the owner must haul in and take care of body disposal. Appointments are preferred.  Please call 713-869-7722 for scheduling.

Is my admissions fee tax deductible? No, because you are receiving a service in exchange for your fee.  However, a donation over and above the standard admissions fee is tax deductible and deeply appreciated and will help us protect and save Houston’s homeless, abused and neglected animals.

In 2015, 18,294 animals were admitted to our shelter.

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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.

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