HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY

Rating: 4.79 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 450528 Houston TX 77245 USA

Mission: 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.
Programs: The Houston Humane Society offers a variety of services including pet adoptions; acceptance of all animals; pet burials; "Burnies Buddies", providing safe keeping for the pets of domestic abuse victims; PawPrints, working the Houston Aids Foundation, providing care for the pets of AIDS patients in hospice care; $30 Spay/Neuter Clinic/Low Cost Wellness Center both open to the general public; microchipping and our R.A.I.D.E.R. anti-cruelty program.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I thought this organization is a heaven place for temporary animal shelter, but, in reality, this is a killing place for drop-off animals. I dropped off a very healthy cat on 10-20-2014 at Houston Humane Society (after paid $35 and give my cat 10 cans of cat food) due to moving from a house into an apartment. On 10-22-2014, I found an adopter with big house. My friend came on 10-22-2014, the Spanish guy working at this organization informed us that he had euthanized or killed my healthy cat on 10-21-2014.

This Spanish guy working at this organization also told us that Humane Society will euthanize any animal older than 10 years old. Don't understand why this organization didn't post his statement in their website. If I knew this problem, I would never turn my cat into this killing organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have a colony of feral cats in the neighborhood. I trapped them and took them to the Houston Humane Society Low Cost clinic to get fixed. They make it very affordable to spay/neuter 4 of them. If I took them to a private clinic, it would be more than $1000. This Trap-Neuter-Release project wouldn't be possible. One time, when they were fixing one of my feral cats, they found a bullet in his leg. They took it out and did not charge extra.

Because lots of people bring their pets there, the clinic is always busy, but the staffs are very efficient and patient. I wish they have more money to hire more people to share the workload in the clinic.

The Houston Humane Society is doing a lot of actual work to help animals and their owners. Definitely deserves 5 STARS

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I just turned in 6 beautiful kittens, because I already have 8 more kitties in my backyard and I thought that baby cats have more chances for adoption. Dennys (the receptionist) was very nice to me and sweet when I was talking while crying because I love all the creatures that step into my yard especially those kitties and will miss them all. I have already get them spayed and neutered with rabbies vaccination before I went there to let them know that I care about those kitties and all are healthy to put into the adoption. If only I can keep them all I will. So pls , TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THIS ORGANIZATION AND TELLING THEM TO NOT TO ADOPT IN THIS PLACE,, WHY YOU HAVE TO TAKE AWAY THE CHANCES OF THE ANIMALS TO HAVE A HOME. Please, those animals inside are innocent. Give them their chance, please.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I adopted my dog from HHS, and he has been the greatest addition to my family! The staff and volunteers took the time to help me find the right pet, and although they are extremely busy I felt like they took the time to really listen. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt a new pet. Not only will you have the satisfaction of giving a homeless pet a forever home, but you'll be treated great during the process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their fabulous adoption department

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them endless donations to help further their cause. They not only do pet adoptions, they also have a low cost clinic and real cops that go out and investigate animal abuse.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been looking for a second dog as a companion pet. The staff at Houston Humane Society helped me find another breed that play well together. Both our dogs are the best of friends to themselves and us. Thank you Houston Humane Society!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting a dog.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I wanted to write this letter of gratitude for all the hard work everyone does at your facility. I adopted Lucy (Gina) from you back in April. She was heartworm positive and I was told she was a R.A.I.D.E.R. rescue from November, and would probably have a lot of problems. I can tell you that Lucy is the sweetest, friendliest, smartest dog I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my home with. She made it through heartworm treatment, without a hitch and has a clean bill of health to show for it. She has no behavior problems, in fact when I tell people her story, they think I’m exaggerating. From day one she walked on her leash, went to the door when she needed to have potty break, and has not chewed on anything that is not hers. She enjoys cuddling up in her chair by the window, in her snuggy, and basking in the sunshine. She likes to be brushed and have her nails painted. She likes to walk to the Discovery Green, downtown and bark at the horses. She has lots of toys, but prefers to play with me and any little kid she meets. She is also, very tidy and does not make messes, and loves to take baths! I’ve been spreading the word and advising anyone looking for a new addition to their home to visit HHS. The staff was friendly, efficient, and informative. There was a young man who helped me, brown hair and worked at the front desk, I cannot remember his name- but I can tell you he was very helpful and appreciated. I was nervous about visiting HHS, I thought it would be crowded and unsanitary, such as other rescue groups that I had been to. Although there were a lot of homeless animals, everyone of them seemed to be well cared for, and in a clean comfortable space. The facility is lovely and in a few more months when Lucy is ready, we will visit again and see if we can find her a playmate. Until then I will keep spreading the news and singing the Houston Humane Societys praises!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting the facility.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I started at HHS cleaning the cat adoption rooms, then moved to what ever needed to be done. I've always worked hard and loved every minute. All my dogs have been adopted from the organization. Recently I foster a set of 3 pups. I was both thrilled and a little sad to get them to forever homes. Don't kid yourself, that is a lot of work to do and keep your real 9-5 job. Not every boss understands you will be late if the potty pad supply is out.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1. Animals becoming forever members of loving families 2. People giving from the heart 3. Staff who look after the property like their own home

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Phenomenal organization with phenomenal people doing great things. We're fortunate to have such an active, committed group in our city.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Houston.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I chose this vet because friends recommended it. The staff were friendly and professional. Now I take my other pets there for shots and treatments. I was so impressed by the care they gave the animals I became a volunteer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As they have gotten bigger they have been able to provide more services all still at reasonable prices.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I started volunteer work with the HHS in about 1996 after losing a dog to cancer. I quickly became friends with the executive director. Over the years I've done work with them on different occasions for fundraising events and office work. I work for a non-profit foundation that firmly believes, as I do in the Mission of HHS. Their staff is very dedicated to their cause, and to the volunteers who mean so much to their every day operations. Without them they could not function as well. As far as I'm concerned they are the best animal welfare organization in Houston. Recently I adopted an addition to my family, after waiting for 16 months after I lost a lab/retriever mix to bone cancer. I was a difficult decision, but I had been watching the website and saw a black lab. I adopted her and about a week later she became deathly ill with some kind of upper respiratory infection. After 5 days in a row of driving to the HHS Wellness Clinic and back, fluids, strong antibiotics, B-12 shots, and nutrients and then 2 more trips, she is a happy, healthy dog. I thought I was going to lose her, but with the help of the vet and his staff, she's healthy and never lets me out of her sight. Words can never express my gratitude to them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the care and consideration for my dog, the positive attitude of the staff both at the Wellness Clinic and the Adoption Center staff, along with all the good I've seen them do with the funds donated by my employer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had the ability to make a major change it would be to give them a much larger Veterinary Care facility. The need is so great, especially seeing the number of low income families who have animals and want to make sure their health is taken care of.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friends I've made over the years and seeing the work they've done with so many rescues, recently from a puppy mill.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and considerate and very versed in the services of the shelter. I will always be grateful to them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a bigger Wellness Center for treatment of animals at a budget friendly cost and to hire more vets to help with the very heavy load that they experience there now.

Ways to make it better...

no complaints

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

The HHS may be out of the way for most people, but they have this great new adoption facility that is air conditioned for the animals, and it is SO worth going there to check out the adoptables...they all deserve a loving home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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