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One of my
Dad's favorite sayings was "Knowledge is power!" This page is about what we can all
do to help save more of Houston's homeless and abused animals and why spaying or
neutering your pet is such an important part of responsible pet ownership!
Houston Area Shelters
Offering Pets For Adoption and/or Low Cost Spay and Neuter Services
SHELTERS & Breed Rescue Groups
For a complete list go to:
Area Animal Shelters
Humane Society: 14700 Almeda, 713-433-6421. Adoptions and public
clinic (The Wellness Center) that does spaying and neutering for $30. In
addition, free spaying
and neutering is available to those on public assistance.
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program: 1603 Shepherd, Houston,
713-863-0010. Public clinic performs spaying and neutering and chemical
sterilization. SNAP's mobile clinic,
713-522-2337, provides free spaying and neutering to those on many types
of public assistance.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: 900 Portway,
713-869-7722. The local SPCA provides free spaying and neutering to
those on many types of public assistance; appointments can be made by
calling 713-869-7722, ext. 134, on Thursdays 4-7 p.m.
for Animal Protection: 11925 Katy Freeway, 281-497-0591, adoptions.
County Rabies and Animal Control (county shelter): 612 Canino,
281-999-3191. Adoptions. A link to photos and descriptions of animals
picked up by the county or put up for adoption at the shelter can be
found at www.countypets.com/.
of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC/city shelter): 2700 Evella,
breed rescue is: Breed rescue programs
provide help for unwanted, abandoned, lost and abused pets.
To adopt a German Shepherd Dog,
To adopt a Lab, contact:
Southeast Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue:
To adopt a Border Collie,
To adopt a mixed breed contact any of the
Houston shelters listed above or : Baytown Humane
Society (281) 424-3103
BARC is looking for help in its mission of assisting the city Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care.• What the group does: Helps BARC find homes for animals by bringing them to pet stores on Saturdays for possible adoption; also raises money for BARC to buy items not in the budget.• How to help: E-mail Friends of BARC President Leigh Hollyer at
I have long felt that if my fellow
Houstonians only knew how many animals are suffering and dying right here in our
own city and county, because of pet overpopulation and lack of responsible
ownership, we would band together to prevent this awful waste of life. This is a tragic problem, but one with a solution! We should
all commend the Houston Chronicle and reporter Bill Murphy for the recent series
of articles that is at long last shining a light on the plight of homeless
animals in our community. The bible says that "a just man cares for
his animals." Likewise, a humane society and community must care for its animals.
80,000 of the more than 100,000 animals that come into the five primary
(Harris County) shelters annually are killed...About 80 percent of the
dogs and cats killed last year were healthy, said veterinarian Dawn
Blackmar, the county shelter's director."
people imagine they can bring their problem pets to the local shelter
and the pet will be adopted to a good home. However, the number of
potential adoptive homes do not begin to equal the number of surrendered
pets added to the number of street strays. Here is the
reality: According to recent stories in the Houston Chronicle,
has five primary shelters, operated by the county, the city of Houston,
the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the
Houston Humane Society, and Citizens for Animal Protection..."The five shelters, along with veterinary offices,
last year sent more than 1,000 tons of euthanized animals to
landfills...in 2002, the Houston SPCA saw 28,863 animals killed, or 68
percent of the 42,420 pets it received. The other four facilities killed
more than 53,000 animals (in 2003), or 80 percent of the 66,624 dogs and
What You Can Do
neuter your own pets and urge your friends and family to do the same.
Your Own Dog--Wearing
ID tags can save your dog's life! Tags
can save you and your dog a world of grief! To protect your dog, keep a well-fitting
buckle collar and ID tags on your dog at all times (even if it is "strictly
a house-dog"). At most Petsmart, PetCo and Wal-Mart stores there are
machines available to make on-the-spot collar I.D. tags. ID tags are the most important
form of identification to use and should be your first priority. Check the
tags frequently to make sure they are secure. Holly & Monty wear metal tags that
thread through the collar so they can't break off; order them from:
In addition to tags,
consider adding some additional identification; on
light-colored cloth collars or plastic collars you can write your name and phone
number in indelible marker, or you can special order a collar with your name and
phone number embroidered on it. To add permanent ID, consider a tattoo
plus the Home Again or Avid microchip which is available from your veterinarian.
These chips include tags that go on the dog's collar and a 24-hour referral
What Else You
animal abuse--call the Houston Humane Society at 713-433-6421 or
adopting a shelter animal (see list of area shelters and some breed
rescue groups in next box) .
donation, or better yet, make regular donations to one of the shelters
listed in the next box.
with Friends of BARC (city pound), the most needy of the five
write or email letters of support to any media source/reporter that
brings the plight of homeless pets to public attention--let them
know you care about this issue and appreciate their efforts.
meeting of County Commissioners Court and voice your support for
budgeting for animal welfare, i.e. new facilities, improved staffing
and educational, training and spay/neuter programs.
the City of Houston Mayor's office with the same message. (See
contact information box).
Houston's civic minded community to help us all do better by Houston's homeless
not rocket science--we really already know what needs to be done.
We need local media to build public awareness of the problem by
following the lead of the Houston Chronicle and of KPRC-TV Local 2. We need personal commitment that translates into volunteer time and
money. Finally, we need some community leaders with
clout who will step up to the plate and push
along some major private fund raising efforts while lobbying our public
officials to budget funds to meet the
coordination between area shelters.
of effective spay and neuter campaigns.
facilities for our outmoded shelters--if we can come up with new
sports stadiums surely we can find a way to finance more humane and
modern animal shelters.
staffing and educational opportunities for shelter staff.
programs offered through our shelters to: promote adoption of
shelter animals; educate the public about responsible pet
ownership; provide dog training classes for adopted animals;
recruit ongoing volunteer support.
Additional Contact Information
To contact Chronicle:
Address: Houston Chronicle, 801 Texas Ave. Houston, Texas 77002
To contact Web site: Phone: 713-220-2700
or letters to the editor at
To contact Judge Eckels:
1001 Preston, Suite 911, Houston, TX 77002
Commissioners Court meets every other Tues. To sign up to speak, call 713-755-5113.
Office-City of Houston: 713-742-1460
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