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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 brought to us for 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 brought to us for 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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Houston Humane Society! I love that they are trying to help so many animals in the Houston area. Their shelter is incredibly clean and inviting. The amount of animals that come through their doors is staggering, and most will find homes in a very short period of time! Those that don't go home right away, will live at the Houston Humane Society until the perfect family arrives! I love Houston Humane Society so much, I have been a volunteer for 14 years! I have fostered many dogs- becoming a failed foster and adopting my last dog, recently! I love Houston Humane Society so much, both my kids were raised there! They learned how to care for animals and how to be a better citizen to all! The Houston Humane Society is amazing place!

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houstonhumane1 We love our volunteers! THANK YOU

houstonhumane1 We love our Volunteers. THANK YOU

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Noel Russ. I wanted to take the time to share my own personal story with Houston Humane society. I currently have 4 amazing dogs from HHS. All were huskies that HHS had at diff times.each time I drove 3 to 3 1/2 hours to adopt and then again to pick them up! It got to the point where HHS would call me and tell me they had a husky that needed rescued. I now have 8 amazing huskies all rescues from shelters around Texas and they are the best pack I could ask for. HHS helped me find a family the 4 legged kind when I needed it the most. Here are a few pictures of them and there new names !
Nicklaus(Sammy)
Kyia (lonni)
Sybil
Bakhari

Once again thank you HHS for being there for me and my family and we wish every well and to have a great experience like I did.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very good service thank you for your help with are two cats thank again

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my kitten to get spayed, they were very informative and friendly.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Houston Humane Society helped me vaccinate and spay my kitten. Service was great and I would definitely recommend bringing your pet, or any rescued or stray animals, here!

Leesa O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You have been a blessing to our home. We had gotten overwhelmed with the cats we have and them breeding and breeding. Thank you so much

1 Johnathan B H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They help me time look bad for me. I was worry about how am I going feed my babies. I tell my friends and family that is having hard time. To call hhs. My babies they are happy and they getting bigger.

1 Tita Chio D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent work and very nice staff, so kind with the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My pet had two small masses that per his primary doctor resembled cancerous cells. They wanted a large amount of money. I reached out to Houston Humane and got to see a doctor with in a week. I felt skeptical. I have a big dog who is fearful which makes him look aggressive or act aggressive. But to make long story short Houston Humane blew me away. He even got a nail trim which we didn't talk about but was grateful for. They did the removal half the price my primary vet asked for and was treated well. I walked out very impressed. I saw some really committed people. My pet was not just another dog. Thank you Houston Humane Society

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Have taken multiple cats (strays or ferals including a few of my own) always had great outcome.. cheap and easy! Drop the fur baby off pick up that afternoon. Even had the last few microchipped from the Fix Felix and Friends. The most AWESOMEST program you will find!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

the story of Mimi, aka MIa, so i run a small private no-kill sanctuary in texas, and i just so happen to have lost a few dogs due to age and health issues. :( incredibly heartbreaking, oh yes, and just because i run a sanctuary, NO! it does not ever get easy when you lose one! each baby comes with their own story, and brings something special to the table.

so, i took a peek on the houston humane society. you will laugh when you see how i do this. it kills me to see any dog needing a momma and daddy. so i placed my finger over the picture area, and just scrolled for small dog, and the oldest one there. within a minute, THERE SHE WAS! yes, that was my new baby! a 14 year old chihuahua they were calling Mimi. she was my baby i just knew it.

so the next morning i made the journey down to the HHS, and stood in line for my turn. when i got to the help desk i didnt ask, "may i see dog number ?, or may i see Mimi, instead i said, "i am here to take Mimi home." the lady, sweet as can be smiled big, and said Mimi? very surprised was she. you see Mimi was old, and it turrned out that not even one person had even inquired about her. as much as that hurt my heart, I KNEW it was meant to be, so secretly i was glad. :) she was meant to be my baby! i did ask, why was she surrendered as i could not ever figure out why???someone would take an old animal to a humane society? how could this ever happen to her? to be in a home for your whole life, and then end up in a lonely, cage? it is painful to think about.

so they put mein a meet and great room, and within a minute or two they brought her in. OMG, love at first sight. i scooped her up, and she just melted into me. i think she flet what i felt, ohhh, yes, this is my mommie. i didnt need to sit and think about it, as i wrote i came there to take her home. and for the record, her being old, scared, and abandoned (sort of) by her family-she was not snappy or hard headed in any way. and to be honest i would not have blamed her if she had taken a while to warm up. BUT she didnt. she just knew she was safe!

so before we checked out, i stopped in their little store, and bought her a new blingy collar, and some new sweaters as it was winter time. also bought her a new super cushy bed, and a few stuffed toys-all for her. we paid our fee, and off we went.

i did rename her Mia, making sure she liked it first. and making sure she responded to it without an issue, well, she loved her name, and her home. i swear to you, she fit right in. i introduced her to the other "little squirt" group, and she said howdy, and gave and got tons of kisses. made my heart just melt seeing her here, in a home, that no matter what she was safe. PLEASE everyone with pets, Mia was given her old family claimed because they moved? OMG, so bad. when you move, your pet moves with you. also you must have a PLAN B, maybe even a PLAN c. where you have people who will, no matter what take all of your animals, fish, turtle, dogs cats, and even livestock, should anything happen to you. nobody knows what tomorrow will bring, and you must have that plan in place for your animals! i even have a ton of life insurance since i have a rescue so should i die my bestie (according to my will) will inherit the money, and agree to care for every single animal on the property until they go to heaven too. i am 100% sure this will happen. it is the responsible thing to do.PLEASE make sure that you have a plan B!.

Mia is still here. still alive and kicking 2+ years later. yes, a 16 year old granny who is still as sweet as sugar, and luckily very healthy. the only issues are her eyes are not as good as they once were. but other than that she is perfect. i did change her to a raw food diet, cuz she is a bit fussy. she loves it, and for a chihuahua it is not a pain to do, and not expensive, plus i see that she eats very well every day. she sleeps at my feet everynight, and puts up with the fact that i am a restless sleeper. in exchange she does occassionally make an accidental pee pee on the floor-so it all evens out. LOL according to her i think. :) no worries i may end up wearing adult diapers someday myself. i also make it a point to pick her up and put her outside for potty often just as a reminder. no worries again people remember this issue happens to humans too. so in my mothers' words, "dont sweat the small stuff."

Mia is a joy, and just like i knew from moment A, she was meant to be my baby girl. i love you to the moon and back Mia. xoxoxo

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We needed to spay our puppy and after evaluating other providers we chose the Houston Humane Society. I was impressed with their friendly customer service from the first time I visited the facility dropping food donation. The facilities are very well maintained. They are very clean, well organized, and make it an excellent place for caring for dogs and cats. Our puppy was registered for spaying surgery, the procedure went well, and at a very competitive cost. Communication prior to the procedure was timely and detailed. I strongly recommend the Houston Humane Society for adoption and caring for dogs and cats. Excellent staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Good experience! Everyone there was informative and helpful.

1 Lynn B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been associated with the Houston Humane Society for over 10 years.
The most Important part of my volunteering is fostering. With the help of the HHS, I have saved several dogs from the brink of death, bringing them back to life and making them adoptable for future families. It’s because of the HHS and fosters like myself that make a huge difference for unwanted animals that pass through the HHS doors. Make a difference and foster, you’re truly saving a life.

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houstonhumane1 10/30/2020

We love you and the support you provide for our animals!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Friendly staff will be returning in the future with my fur babies

1

Donor

Rating: 5

It was great to hear that they do the neutering at a discounted price making it easier for people to have their pets done. Because of this, I was able to donate $100 which I saved by not having my vet do it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place!The employees are very friendly and obviously like their jobs.The place is spotless.The cost of services makes us able to afford to have our pets.They have spayed/neutered 3 or 4 of our fur children.Will be returning to them in the spring for annual shots.

1 Marty P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing service friendly staff. I felt a bit scared for my pet and they really calmed me and them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We originally wanted to help our community by volunteering somehow. We decided to spend time walking dogs at Houston Humane Society (HHS).
We have seen so many severely neglected and sick animals and feel honored to be a part of their lives. We have since sponsored the heartworm treatment for 8 dogs, and fostered and adopted an HHS dog.
The HHS team organizes wonderful fundraisers and uses their resources to help get these animals a forever home. They are great at what they do and we will continue to volunteer!
Matt and Heide Giles

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houstonhumane1 10/30/2020

Thank you Heide, you have helped so many heartworm positive dogs find homes! We love you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK YOU SO MUCH HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY!!! I have used your services in the past and as a person who takes care of both my animals and any stray I encounter, your help has been a blessing to me! I’m only a college student so all the help I have gotten from you takes stress off of me and makes my pets happier. So far my family has used spay/neuter voucher, low cost vet, and food drive-throughs of yours. We are so appreciative of what you do for the community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Humane Society provides excellent service each and every time I go there. The staff is friendly to both humans and animals!

2 lrentz3722

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my little Charlie (formerly Lucky) from the Houston Humane Society in August 2019. He was a favorite of one of the volunteers there. I wish I had gotten her contact info or gave her mine, so I could show her how well he's doing. He had heartworms when I adopted him, but he is free of them now. We love him so much and couldn't imagine life without him.
Fun fact: His favorite room in the house is the kitchen, because he knows that's where the yummy treats and food is. He's such a cute little beggar. =)
I was impressed by the facility at the Houston Humane Society. It was very clean and the animals looked well taken care of. The workers/volunteers were very friendly, too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They neutered my baby for free for me and gave him medicine, he was fine right after surgery and didnt have any issues.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best place to take your pets neutered and checked by the vet. My baby went to get neutered and he had the best care from the staff. They love all animals and as a dog lover I can appreciate all they do.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you wenwen!

1 Susan SuRu M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a customer of The Houston Humane Society wellness clinic for 12+ years. I have taken many of my pets to the Wellness Clinic Almeda location. The people who work here are the most caring and compassionate crew I have come to admire so much. They are top notch in all the do. From the EZ stuff like low cost vaccinations, Spay/Neuters, and flea medicine, to the real hard stuff like many surgeries, some dental, and compassionate euthanasia. These folks do an unbelievable job in caring for our pets. Did I mention that the prices are below regular veterinarian costs! I have many animals and I need all the extra help i can get when it comes to vet clinic costs. The Houston Humane Society has made that possible for us. Highly recommend! A+A+

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you Susan, see you soon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had several stray cats around the neighborhood that we took in to get neutered and spayed. Houston humane had a free cost event!! We were able to take in 4 cats and have them all fixed. The volunteers and staff were friendly and everything was organized. Love their work!

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

We appreciate you doing your part to take care of our stray kitties! See you at the next Fix Felix.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are big fans of the Houston Humane Society. In addition to adopting two of our dogs there (Milo and Maisy), our son loves attending their camps. Highly recommend the Houston Humane Society and the services they provide!

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you so much we loved having Coleman at our camp and hope to see him soon at our winter camp!! PS Milo and Maisy are adorable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This year I brought a cat that is part of a colony at a local park to the Fix Felix Free event. He was neutered and got a rabies shot for free! It seemed like hundreds of people were there, some with multiple cats that were dumped strays in their neighborhood. The event was very well organized and everyone was so grateful for the Houston Humane’s Society’s help. I am grateful to them for helping with the homeless pet crisis in Houston.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you so much for your feedback we try our best to make this a great event!

1 Gabrielle L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the cats every weekend and adopted my own sweet kitten from Houston Humane last month! Houston Humane does a great job taking care of the animals, keeping them clean, and they get them their first round of shots and microchipped before you even adopt! All the staff and volunteers are so caring and we all do the best we can with the space we have. With all the hurricanes hitting Louisiana recently Houston Humane has taken in a LOT of animals and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts!

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you so much we love helping as many animals as we can! Could not do it without the support of wonderful volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unaware of the wonderful facility and work of the Houston Humane Society until August when a friend drove me there to see if I could find a dog to keep me company during the pandemic. My dog Marcy had died the year before, and as a 78-year old isolated at home, life was a challenge. But I found Rosemary, a 6-year old chihuahua, who was initially shy but now is lively and loving and keeping us positive and smiling. What a difference she has made in our life!

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

We are so happy we could be of service!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red Gate Ranch 33
We believe in giving second chances!

We love when individuals or families go out and adopt a pet, but it is very important that everyone understands that it is hard work.

That’s how we started, people taking animals home and then deciding they did not want to do the “musts” in caring for them.

Please adopt responsibly!

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Great message thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a great experience when I got my new dog. Very reasonable price at $95 including neurtering, worm and flea meds administered, and a heartworm test. My new dog 2-3 year old is fantastic. He is beautiful, already housebroken, and knows some basic commands. I was so pleased to find him. He is a golden retriever mix. Great experience overall. Couldn't be happier.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

This is great, be sure to share a happy tail with us at happytails@houstonhumane.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love my new fur baby. I call her Grace. I received her Aug 7th 2020. My applehead Chihuahua passed away in my arms Aug 29, 2018 she was 13 year old. I said I was not going to get another one. I saw the Humane on the news with a dog being interviewed. And I called. Much thanks for them. SHE IS VERY LOVING.

1 Anna C.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Leo, formerly known as Elvis. We were so blessed to be selected to be hope family 2 years ago. The Humane Society was so professional with the meet and greet but also so concerned and caring for the well being of this beautiful puppy. We came to see him a couple weeks before Christmas and there were several families there to meet him. They said we were the last family who was going to see him and then he needed a break because it was so overwhelming for they’re age to do see all these families. The person supervising over the visit asked several questions during the visit to get a feel for the right home for Leo. She asked if we had experience with a puppy and what home life would be like. This was the first time I had been interviewed to be a potential adopter but it was so heart warming to know they cared so much that he would go to a wonderful forever family. We were added to the waiting list and pleaded our case to the employee collecting the application and were told we would be informed in a couple days. When I received the phone call, I was overjoyed to hear that we were selected as Leo’s new family! We were so excited and 2 years later we still feel so lucky and blessed to have him in our family. We still go to the Humane Society to get his vaccinations and visit the store for any fun toys or supplies they may have to give back however we can. We are so thankful for him and the Humane Society of Houston who gave him a good home until he found his forever home with us.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you Anna! So happy Leo found a great home and family.

1 Jessica A.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Humane Society is an amazing place! Very clean, animals are happy and staff is so nice and friendly.
I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fur-ever friend.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you so much for visiting! Come back soon.

Nicola S.1

Client Served

Rating: 4

We went to HHS to look for a cat - but knew we don't want 'just a cat's but the perfect one... We had the best experience by being chosen by a cat that we could pick up the next day, after a final check-out from the vet. It was the weekend, so many people came by and the staff had a lot to do. But they tried their best and we would definitely recommend everyone to go there and look for a pet. You can go there and look for a pet and come back another day, if you don't find the perfect match.
Our cat is with us for 10 weeks now and is definitely a great addition to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our beloved greyhound to bone cancer in June. Little did we expect that most of the shelters and most of the breeders in the Houston area would be shut down because of Covid-19. We were heartbroken for our loss and further heartbroken to have a silent house with no dog. Fortunately, we found that the Houston Humane Society was continuing adoptions in a carefully controlled way. We found Ollie, a 5 year old Chinook mix, who fit into our lives and our hearts immediately. The adoption process was easy, efficient, quick and professional and we are so thankful to have Ollie in our lives.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Our sweet Ollie found such a great home! Thank you!

1 Jessica H.13

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our pup Lady and I were so happy with the Houston Humane Society's wellness clinic! I have visited other low-cost clinics in Houston and HHS gave us the best care. The appointment was fast (in and out in 30min!), the staff answered any questions I had, and it truly was low cost. I was also happy to hear they provide additional services like spay/neuter and dentals. Highly recommended for your pet's prevention needs.

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houstonhumane1 10/29/2020

Thank you Jessica!

1 Erika M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most vulnerable population during COVID pandemic are our pets. People are running on tight budgets and sometimes keeping a pet is just a luxury people can’t afford. Houston Humane Society and generous partners have been holding drive through pet pantries all across town and keeping the low-cost vet clinic open to ease some of that pressure and help people keep their furry friends. Love Houston Humane Society for looking out for our furry babies!!

2 Tim Ziifle J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do. I hope my 25.00 donation will help

2 Janice Parker C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for almost 6 years now. I love Houston Humane Society! I mostly walk dogs, but will also bathe, groom, and socialize dogs who need it. The staff here, from the bottom to the top, are amazing!! I just love coming here EVERY day (M-F) with an occasional Sunday here and there. The best shelter in Houston, in my opinion. I have adopted 6 dogs from here.

1 Penny R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 Maltese mixes from the Humane Society in April. Elvis and Skippy. They took really good care of these boys until I could adopt them! I am very thankful they care for the least and unwanted in our community.

1 Gayla T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I regularly donate to this organization. They regularly take in large numbers of animals from hoarding, neglect and abuse situations. They have wonderful staff who take amazing care of these animals and give them a great chance for a loving home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our first two adopted siblings after 14 years of loving companionship. We adopted a GS that had a horrible story but was a loving and protective member of the family, but lost him to liver cancer after a year. We then adopted Niceaux (GS) from HHS, and quickly went back and adopted Daisy a year later. They are completely different in personality, and have been fun, loving, playful and sometimes crazy additions to the family. I have had such a good experience with HHS that II now volunteer, and fall in love with new dogs every time I am there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first dog as a married couple a month after our wedding. We’ve had him almost 5 years and it’s been wonderful. He’s been great with out son we had last year as well! The staff was awesome and very helpful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We got our dog Lacy here. The staff was very helpful and they do such a great job with the hundreds of dogs they get. It’s no easy feat!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do wonderful work in creating a safe haven for these fur babies!

1 Justine M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my dog Gideon, I knew when the time was right that I would get another dog. So when I went to the Humane Society the staff were very helpful in assisting with the adoption process and the animals currently at the shelter. The animals are well taken care of and are shown much love by their staff. I would definitely go back and adopt another animal from them. Thank you for all that you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Saving lives that others didn’t care enough about. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for summer camps for our 8 year old but none of them were of interest to him. I happened to have stumbled upon the Houston Humane Society camp in one of my searches and felt this was a great opportunity. My 8 year old absolutely LOVED the camp. Months later he is still talking about it and asking when he’s going back. Nonetheless we are most definitely sending him every summer from now on. I am very happy to see he has found something that peaks his interest and that he seems rather passionate about.

1 Lauren Collins F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was my son’s favorite camp (that he’s ever done actually!). We are always spreading the word about this amazing camp and we will certainly be back every single year. He wants to be a counselor once he outgrows the camp.

1 Michelle E.7

Client Served

Rating: 4

We came to Houston Humane Society as we saw a sweet little dog on the website. We instantly fell in love and adopted her. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter dog! She is settling in very nicely although she is still getting used to the temperature difference as we live in Canada! Thank you Houston Humane Society for doing what you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On February 2, 2018, I found one of the greatest love of my life here. He was a 7 year old heart worm positive German Shepherd named Max. Today, he is 9 years old and heart worm negative due to a generous angel sponsor to save his life. He is a senior puppers but a very rotten one. I wasn't told very much about him previous life, but I know by the looks of him and certain manners it wasn't positive. So, I made a solemn vow to him to make the rest of his life the best of his life. Please do not over look senior dogs, they are so laid back and easy going. I will forever adopt a senior puppers first before I look for a puppy.

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?

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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.

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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

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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.