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Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of the Houston SPCA is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and to free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

Programs:

The Houston SPCA is committed to all animals and provides services to thousands of animals a year, including dogs and cats; small mammals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits; birds; farm animals, like horses, cows, goats, pigs and others; and native wildlife through our affiliate Wildlife Rehab and Education organization. We are the only shelter in the Greater Gulf Coast area with the ability to provide humane, temporary shelter to big cats like lions and tigers and other exotic animals like primates and bears.

 

Our shelter has the capacity to hold dogs, cats, birds and small mammals without overcrowding them or keeping them in discomfort. All animals in the shelter receive care and socialization by our staff and volunteers, and dogs are taken on daily walks outside, so that they do not spend all day in their kennels. Hundreds of orphaned, sick or injured animals receive temporary shelter, love, and care in volunteer foster homes before placement. The Houston SPCA also fosters healthy adoptable animals, instead of euthanizing them, when space is needed for incoming dogs, cats, and small mammals. 

 

All animals adopted from the Houston SPCA are spayed or neutered prior to placement in their new homes. We do not let any animal leave our shelter without first taking this step. Not only is spaying and neutering the cornerstone to reducing pet overpopulation, but it also helps to prevent health problems and behavioral issues, such as aggression. Animals that are sterilized live longer, more fulfilled lives, and will not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem that leads to the deaths of millions of animals each year. 

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

THIS is how you run an animal non-profit! I found the workers and volunteers very friendly and knowledgeable. They know their cats (which I was looking to adopt) very well and were able to pinpoint the cats that would fit best in my household. I even had questions once I had the cats home and they were very helpful! I feel confident after a horrible experience with another rescue (LMN Feline Rescue). It's nice to know not all cat rescues are adopting out sick cats! I also love that the SPCA has education programs...what a great way to connect with the community!

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted both my pets from the Houston SPCA. The shelter was clean and the staff helpful. The process to adopt was easy. I couldn't be more pleased and now support them with a monthly donation. Thank you Houston SPCA!

Donor

Rating: 5

I give a monthly donation to the organization - the injured animal ambulance and cruelty investigations are programs unmatched by any group in the community. They provide services that are vital to Houston.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted my pets from this group. Good service and great mission. I also donate to them. The shelter is very clean. I am impressed with all they do for the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Terrific organization that does a lot of good work for animals. Love the commitment they have to helping animal cruelty victims.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to the Houston SPCA for many years, because I whole heartedly believe in the work they do to help animals in need. However, until I saw a new episode of Animal Cops: Houston, I didn't fully comprehend the conditions these men and women often find themselves working in. The main story was about cat hoarding. Over 100 cats were living in the most horrific, filthy conditions imaginable. The people of the Houston community should be grateful for the work of this fine organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I adopted my dog and cat from the Houston SPCA. The staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful. My new pets were healthy, had their shots and were already spayed. I loved all the free stuff I received with my adoptions. The facility was bright and clean. I tell all my friends to adopt from the Houston SPCA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted our dog from the Houston SPCA three years ago. She is adorable and the best dog ever. She was healthy and the adoption benefits we received were fantastic. We highly recommend the Houston SPCA and now support their efforts through a monthly donation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I recently adopted our new friend, Sadie, from the Houston SPCA. She is a 6 yr old chocolate lab, who has brought us nothing but joy. We made several trips to the shelter and visited with numerous dogs. Each time the facility was exceptionally clean and the staff and volunteers were courteous and helpful. On one visit, we got to watch a dog we were interested in, participate in a supervised play group. It was obvious to us that the animals are well cared for. I would highly recommend the Houston SPCA to anyone looking to open their home to an animal in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Houston SPCA is committed to giving all animals a second chance at life! They are the only agency providing a 24-hour animal rescue ambulance. They investigated over 7,000 cases of abuse and neglect last year. They save every adoptable animal. I support their fantastic work!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I really love small mammals and was able to adopt "Fluffy" from the Houston SPCA last July. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and the adoption process was really easy to go through. All you do is find the animal you like, interact with them with the help of volunteers or staff, and then if you want to add them to your family you take their information to the front desk. The front desk staff are really nice and help you with the adoption paperwork. Then you can take your new pet home! No waiting!

I have also seen their updates on animals who have been abused and can say that they really do a great job of rehabilitating animals who have been in really tough situations. They always find a really good home for the animals that need it most.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a foster parent, I've adopted and I'm a donor - all because I'm committed to the mission of this organization and the good people who work there to achieve it. The staff are committed to excellent client service, the kennels are clean, the volunteers are happy and the organization is fiscally responsible with my donations. Their ambulance team has responded so many times when I've called - no matter what time of day or night and their cruelty investigators are always helping people and pets. I highly recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have occasionally found newborn possum and squirrels that were seemingly abandoned by their mothers. The Houston SPCA wildlife center always takes them in and nurtures them. Houston is fortunate to have such a facility.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to the Houston SPCA a number of times because I know of the remarkable work they do in helping animals in need of loving homes. And, not just cats and dogs, which many smaller groups work to save, but also large animals and wildlife of all types.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Houston SPCA provides the most comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation and other programs and services in the Gulf Coast area. Their programs and services include sheltering, adoptions, foster care, spay/neuter of all adopted animals, cruelty investigations, disaster relief, rescue, and recovery efforts (resulting from hurricanes, floods and wildfires and oil spill response through their subsidiary The Wildlife Center of Texas), a 24-hour injured animal rescue ambulance, lost and found pet e-bulletin board, humane education including summer camps for kids, PetSafe (providing free boarding for the pets of family violence victims while the individuals are seeking shelter), pet training classes, and more. They are committed to all animals and place over 11,000 animals into loving homes each year. I am a donor and adopted my wonderful dog, Sandy, and my cat Sugar Cookie from the Houston SPCA.

Review from Guidestar

5 lunja

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They are in it for the money, period. They take in animals that will give them a big news story and then get some big donor money. They hang on to these animals despite other facilities better equipped to handle them offering to help. I am talking about Bears. The director called me to ask what to feed them!!! Why take an animal if you don't have a clue what to do?

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Guidestar website says that the Houston SPCA was given the "GuideStar Seal" because they are "committed to transparency". This is not true. I have personally asked the Houston SPCA to provide their intake and outcome records. I have asked them twice yet they refuse to even respond. Even their own employees are not allowed to see the records so they have no idea how many animals are being saved or killed. I am sure that the HSPCA does not want to be transparent with people because their kill rate is as high as it was during the 2005 Mayor's Task Force report. However, this organization takes in many millions of dollars in donations each year. They should be required by law to tell the community exactly what they are doing with all of that money.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Houston SPCA routinely kills all pit bull and pit bull mixes, yet says on their website they are 100% no kill of adoptable animals. There is no good reason to still be saying that an entire breed of dog is not adoptable. They also have a higher than average kill rate for pets in their care. I would just like to see honesty on their website, as I know they have a difficult job.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Houston SPCA is a wonderful organization that has helped so many animals. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty! Thanks to the amazing work that they do, my family was able to adopt a dog and give it a lovely home and second chance at a happy life. The Houston SPCA offers a lot more than other shelters when you adopt an animal. Our dog was spayed, tested for heart worms, updated on shots, micro chipped, give a free vet follow up visit, a free information class on behaviors and training, a bag of dog food and a pet kit with important information. The Houston SPCA offers affordable obedience classes for all pet owners, regardless of where you got your pet from. They really reach out to the community to help not just animals, but their owners as well.

Review from Guidestar