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Houston Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care. We receive no federal, state, or local government funding and rely solely on donations, program services, and special events. HHS is committed to creating awareness of animal welfare throughout the Houston community by providing numerous programs for Houston area residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, R.A.I.D.E.R. cruelty investigations, and Houston's best high volume, low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 50,000 animals

Programs: The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care. We receive no federal, state, or local government funding and rely solely on donations, program services, and special events. HHS is committed to creating awareness of animal welfare throughout the Houston community by providing numerous programs for Houston area residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, R.A.I.D.E.R. cruelty investigations, and Houston's best high volume, low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Angela J.1

Client Served

Rating: 3

I apologize but I have Maltese/Poodle mixed. I am I'm Houston, Tx.
My lil dog was attacked &. severely injured today. I took her to Houston Veterinarian Hospital. I didn't have $1500 for her to be treated so they sent her home. Someone please help me, she has at least 4 deep cuts, neck..
They charge d me 130.00 & sent her home with antibiotics & pain meds. She is so HURT!!!

2 Kat_12

Volunteer

Rating: 1

All that wonderful rescue work, those long hours of rehab for the abused, the love and care your volunteers and staff work so hard to end the suffering of homeless animals, gone to hell in a hand basket with the decision to declaw cats. Declawing is an unnecessary amputation of the P3 bone for conveniece and vanity of self- centered, materialistic people. Declawing is currently illegal in 44 countries, some counties in California, with legislation to out law the mutilation in New Jersey. You are discriminating against cats, unless you also Declawing dogs. Please stop. Saying you are humane when you Declawing is false advertising. Watch #PawProject.

Or do you really want the notoriety of being the only humane organization in the country that declaws?

Review from Guidestar

4 Matt98

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Actually I'm posting on here because I don't believe this place is actually a nonprofit place. Ever go there? They don't have incredible low prices although I'm sure they do a lot of free spading but still. It would be interesting to see the amount of money it takes in and what actually gets report3d etc...Could it actually be making some rich? Does anyone actually audit these places? Do the doctors actually volunteer there time for free? Does it have a paid board of directors?

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houstonhumanesociety 01/31/2016

Hi Matt, In regards to our pricing, we strive to provide high quality care at the lowest possible pricing. In addition, we offer special events (some even free) throughout the year like our Fix Felix for FREE event, our Hurricane Prep event, etc. In regards to auditing, our organization gets audited every year by an outside company. We are completely transparent and provide our financial information on both Charity Navigator and GuideStar for the general public to see just where every single dollar goes. We do pay our veterinary staff (like most if not all clinics regardless of nonprofit status) of 3 doctors as well as multiple vet techs, support staff, etc. Our Board of Directors is not paid, they are all volunteers. I hope this helps clear up some of your questions.

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

I owned a teacup Pomeranian which we lost one week before Christmas. My family was devastated! My family in Houston persuaded me to visit the Houston Humane Society to save a dog from possible euthanization. I took my children reluctantly but there were no Pomeranians available so soon during the Christmas season I could find. GOING TO THE HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY WAS THE BEST DECISION WE COULD HAVE MADE. We adopted Evander, formerly known as Peanut... He is the most appreciative Beagle puppy. He has helped our family heal! Rescue animals are soooo appreciative. They seem grateful to have a loving home and so much love. He has a cigarette burn on his forehead so his previous owners or handlers were evil!!! We were so happy that we made an additional donation to the Houston Humane Society. NOW MY DISAPPOINTMENTS- 1. they made it so difficult to adopt. We drove 5 hours to adopt and owned a VERY EXPENSIVE DOG SO WE OBVIOUSLY LOVE DOGS!!! but they made us jump through hoops and hurdles to get Evander. My kids were already devastated with the lost of our previous dog and it was Christmas so I was willing to make repeat trips to get Evander. Yet, HHS should make it easier, not difficult to find good homes for pets. THERE WERE SO MANY DOGS THERE! We wanted to take them all home so why make it so difficult. 2. They are a little understaffed. I came on Sunday and I still had to wait so long for service... it was worth the wait for Evander. 3. I AM STILL WAITING ON MY RECEIPT FOR MY DONATION!!! they did not seem grateful for the donation... 4. They gave us so many criteria to fulfill in order to return for another dog. Our vet located here in New Boston, Texas- outside of Dallas, 5 hours outside of Houston- has to send so much data to HHS for the next year. He is refusing and says that the demands are ridiculous but HHS says it is their policy and state law...

Overall, LOVE EVANDER HATE THE PROCESS BUT WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN AN INSTANT FOR HIM. Thanks HHS but please update your services and make it more pet owner friendly. I plan on returning to HHS and adopting another rescue animal in the future to prevent him/her from being euthanized.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently disabled and have pets that I have in my care. I felt at a loss when I became disabled and could not get shots etc. for my dogs. I found the Houston Humane Society and they were a big help. I was not the only one there and as I spoke to many of the other clients. I was told over and over that they would not have been able to keep their pets well and current in their vaccinations. All of my dogs are rescue dogs and I am glad that there are places like the Houston Humane Society available for people to find a forever home for an unwanted animal.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best group of people with whom I have ever worked. I've adopted 3 cats from them over the years. I have looked at other animal shelters, but keep coming back here because of the people.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reviewed web site, found the dog I was interest in and began the adoption process. The Houston Humane Society staff was very helpful in the adoption process. The Houston Humane Society does a great job of getting the word out though facebook to help get as many animals as possible placed in forever homes. I greatly appreciate the work they do for the animals who need a second chance.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have many pets and most of them have been spayed or neutered at the Houston Humane Society. They have been great to me and to my pets. Thanks to their low-cost services, I am able to be a more responsible pet-owner.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a "poor college student", I wasn't able to get my new dog spayed at any of my local vets. Their prices were ridiculously high and way out of my budget. I decided to check out the Houston Humane Society's clinic prices. My family has adopted all 5 of our dogs from HHS. Every time we had a great experience and found the perfect companion. I knew I could trust them and decided to get my dog spayed at the HHS clinic. The price was unbeatable and they took wonderful care of my little girl. I really like how they offer their clinic services to everyone. It just shows how committed they are to bettering animals' lives. In order to prevent more strays, it is vital we spay and neuter our pets. HHS understands this and provides these services to everyone at a low price.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity From the moment I stepped foot into the Human Society in Houston, I was immediately impressed. They have a beautiful facility, and their staff was extremely kind and helpful. I inquired about adopting a cat (or two!) and I was given a quick form to fill out, then I was ushered in to meet the cats. I really enjoyed talking to the volunteer in the Kitty Condo's, as she was able to tell me about the different personalities of the cats I was meeting. With so many adorable cats to chose from, it was hard to only pick two! I've had Natty & Bruno for almost a year now, and I'm so glad the Humane Society was able to provide me with a great experience and such sweet companions.