Programs and Services
The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations, which receives no funding from the Government, United Way or national animal groups.
Admissions: Admissions are by appointment only and we do charge a nominal fee to admit an animal to the shelter. We do not euthanize animals for space or at the end of a certain time period and we proudly place 100% of our healthy animals into loving new homes, with adoption partners or in reputable sanctuaries. Appointments can be made by calling 713.869.SPCA (7722).
Adoptions: Hundreds of cats, kittens, puppies, dogs, rabbits, small companion animals and even equine and farm animals are available for adoption every day. For more information, visit our adoptions page. How are we doing?
Animal Behavior and Training Program: The Houston SPCA offers free Good Start introductory classes for cat and dog owners alike. For more information, visit our Behavior page or our Training Page.
Cruelty Investigations: There is no excuse for animal abuse. The Houston SPCA investigates more than 7,000 cases of animal neglect, cruelty and abuse every year. Please report cruelty against animals! For more information, visit our Cruelty Investigations page.
Disaster Relief: The Houston SPCA is the lead non-profit agency for providing rescue, recovery and relief efforts to animals during a disaster. Deployed for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, the Tri-County Wildfires (Waller, Montgomery and Grimes County) and the Grimes County Wildfire. For more information, visit our disaster relief page.
Foster Care: Thousands of orphaned, sick or injured animals receive temporary shelter, love and care in volunteer foster homes before placement. The Houston SPCA also fosters healthy animals, instead of euthanizing them, when space is needed for incoming dogs, cats and small mammals. When space becomes available, these animals are returned to the shelter and placed into loving, permanent homes! Last year, hundreds of foster families gave over 2,000 animals a second chance at life.
Humane Education and Community Outreach: Last year, the Houston SPCA reached tens of thousands of adults and children through our humane education and community outreach programs. Our Humane Education program teaches compassion, a sense of justice and respect for all living creatures through free classroom presentations featuring 50 different lesson options available to school grades 2nd – 12th which are all aligned to the Texas state standards known as the ‘TEKS’ or Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Over 600 children participate annually in our Critter Camp day camp, offered 12 weeks out of the year! For more information, visit our humane education page. How are we doing?
Pet Loss Support Group: Provides a professionally facilitated, supportive and safe environment for people to grieve the end of a relationship with a special friend. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Houston SPCA education center. This is a free service for all who attend. For information, visit our Pet Loss page.
PetSafe: The PetSafe program provides free temporary boarding, minor medical care, vaccinations and spaying or neutering to pets of families fleeing domestic violence and seeking a safe haven in area shelters. The Houston SPCA believes that wherever people are at risk, animals are also at risk. This program helps save the lives of the families who might be reluctant to leave a pet behind with a batterer and saves the lives of the pets they cherish. For information, visit our Petsafe page.
Sheltering: The Houston SPCA is committed to all animals and intervenes on behalf of more than 50,000 animals a year, including cats and dogs; small mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits; birds; horses and farm animals, such as cows, goats and pigs; and native wildlife. The Houston SPCA is the only shelter in the Greater Gulf Coast area with the ability to provide humane, temporary shelter to exotic animals like lions, tigers and bears. How are we doing?
Spay/Neuter & Life-Saving Medical Services: All animals are spayed or neutered prior to placement. Our highly-skilled Veterinary Services Team is often called to provide emergency, urgent or critical care medical service to our animals, especially those who come to us through Cruelty Investigations or Injured Animal Rescue. Last year, our talented team performed 7,000 spay / neuter surgeries and life-saving medical procedures.
Volunteers: Hundreds of kind and caring people donate thousands of hours of their personal time to help the animals at the Houston SPCA. For more information about joining our team, visit our volunteer page.
The Wildlife Center of Texas: The Wildlife Center of Texas, a subsidiary of the Houston SPCA, is Houston’s only trauma and wildlife rehabilitation center that treats all injured, sick or orphaned native Texas wildlife. Last year over 9,800 wild animals last year comprising 350 different species arrived at The Wildlife Center of Texas in need of treatment and care.
The Houston SPCA is located at
Our Phone Number is 713-869-SPCA (7722)
For specific department contact information please visit our Contact Us page.
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