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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.


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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!


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


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