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Our mission is...
? to rehabilitate stray and abandoned dogs and cats through a foster care program with the goal of placing them into qualified, permanent adoptive homes; ? to provide assistance to pet owners who are unable to assume the cost of spaying/neutering their animals; ? to provide humane education and increase public compassion for animals in an effort to prevent future animal suffering and neglect;
? to support other animal welfare organizations.
Foster care : HPPL does not operate a kennel or shelter. Instead HPPL operates foster care program. Each animal must be admitted to the program through contacting the HPPL Program Services Manager at 713-862-7387. Animals are then scheduled for veterinary visits and medical care. Most often, people who rescue homeless animals are the same people who volunteer to foster them until they are adopted. Foster parents are caring individuals who agree to provide food, shelter, transportation for veterinary work and to the adoption sites, and love for the animal while it is in their care. Foster parents are generally individuals who already have animal companions but cannot make the lifetime commitment to another animal. HPPL covers the cost of every animal's veterinary care while it is enrolled in the program. This includes all shots, altering, mange treatments, mending broken bones, skin ailments - all resulting from being on the streets! Sometimes foster parents want to adopt their own foster animals. Should this situation occur, they are expected to pay the adoption fee. Other foster parents who do follow through the adoption program, leave with the satisfaction of knowing that they made a real difference in the life of a friend. Because they find the HPPL program successful and appealing, some people choose to work with the group time and again. Mobile Adoptions : After an animal is rehabilitated and the medical work is complete, it is available for adoption through the mobile adoption program. Houston area animal retail stores, including PETsMART and PetCo have generously invited HPPL to bring in the foster care animals for adoption. While at the site, animals are kept in crates with toys, a towel and water. The number of animals available at an adoption site varies, but generally there are a variety of animals available. Individuals who are interested in adopting an animal are asked to visit with a volunteer, complete an adoption application and then speak with an adoption counselor who makes sure that the home will be compatible and appropriate for the animal selected. The fee for the adoption is $100.00 which provides the adopter with a loving companion that has been vaccinated, dewormed, and spayed/neutered. All HPPL dogs are heartworm free and on monthly preventative and all cats have tested negative for Feline Leukemia. HPPL also provides an identification tag along with a Rabies tag for the animals. Adoption sites vary but commonly the Saturday locations are the Cypress, Copperfield and Baybrook PetsMart along with Shepherd/River Oaks PetCo.
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