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Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.


The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our Mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations, which receives no funding from the Government, United Way or national animal groups.

Adoptions: Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, small companion animals and even farm animals are available for adoption every day. Find a friend for life at the Houston SPCA today! For more information visit our adoptions page.

Admissions: An individual who wants to give up an animal will first participate in a 15-minute counseling session with a trained Houston SPCA team member. During each session, a veterinary technician performs a medical evaluation on the animal and speaks with the owner about the pet’s adoptability. Pet owners also may meet with behavior specialists who can suggest ways to address specific behaviors that may be leading the owner to give up the animal for adoption. The session also allows team members to gather information about the pet which can be shared with a prospective new owner. Counseling sessions can be scheduled by calling the Houston SPCA facility, 713-869-SPCA and are necessary for owned animals as well as for animals that have been found.

Spay/Neuter Clinic: All animals are spayed or neutered prior to placement. For more information visit our Spay/ Neuter page.

Sheltering: The Houston SPCA is committed to all animals. Last year we provided services for over 100,000 animals.

Cruelty Investigations: There is no excuse for animal abuse. The Houston SPCA investigates more than 14,000 cases of animal neglect, cruelty and abuse every year. Please report cruelty against animals! For more information visit our Cruelty Investigations page.

Disaster Relief: As designated leader of all animal relief efforts during natural disasters, The Houston SPCA works together with the Office of Emergency Services and the American Red Cross to assure that all people and animals are free from harm. For more information visit our disaster relief page.

24-Injured Animal Rescue: Help for injured stray animals is just a phone call away. The Houston SPCA operates Houston’s only 24-hour injured stray animal rescue program. For more information visit our Cruelty and Rescue page.

Lost and Found: The Houston SPCA receives thousands of stray animals every year. It is important that your pet wear a collar with an ID tag and that all information be current. You might want to consider having your microchip your pet for permanent identification. If your pet is missing, don’t hesitate! Come check the Houston SPCA for your missing animal as soon and as often as possible. For more information visit our lost and found page.

Humane Education: Humane education is more than just teaching basic pet care. It is developing a humane ethic, which teaches respect, kindness and compassion for all living things. The Houston SPCA offers a three-part series of presentations free of charge to all public and private schools. Also, Critter Camp is a week long camp for children to learn all about animals and humane treatment of them. For more information visit our humane education page.

PetSafe: This program addresses the link between violence to humans and violence to animals by providing emergency boarding of pets for families living in family violence shelters. For information visit ourPetsafe page.

Pet Loss Support Group: Provides a professionally facilitated, supportive and safe environment for people to grieve the end of a relationship with a special friend. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Houston SPCA education center. This is a free service for all who attend. For information visit our Pet Loss page.

Volunteers: Hundreds of kind and caring people donate thousands of hours of their personal time to help the abused and homeless animals at the Houston SPCA. For more information about joining our team visit our volunteers page.

Animal Behavior Program: Components of the program include phone and in shelter behavior counseling for all species of companion animals and dog training classes. For more information visit our Behavior page.

Dog Training Classes: As an extension to our behavior program, the Houston SPCA offers training and obedience classes for adopters and the general public. Classes include: Basic Training Level I and Basic Training Level II, Tricks and Games, and AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification. For more information visit our Training Page.

Contact Information

The Houston SPCA is located at
900 Portway Drive
Houston, Texas 77024

Our Phone Number is 713-869-SPCA (7722)
Our Fax Number is 713-869-5857

24 Hour Injured Animal Rescue Hotline - 713.880.HELP



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