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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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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