Best Friends in Houston

Working together to
Save Them All

Best Friends in Houston works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in Houston and the surrounding areas.

To guide this work and help Houston become a no-kill city for cats and dogs, Best Friends launched the Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets in April of 2018 followed by a Community Cat Program, foster programs for dogs and cats, local adoption programs and an out of state transport program.

Read on to find out more about how you can get involved locally to Save Them All, and click the button to your right if you're looking to take home your new best friend!

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Get involved to help animals in need

Want to volunteer to help homeless pets? Best Friends in Houston has a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including fostering cats and dogs to help get them ready for adoption, assisting with the Harris County Community Cat Program, and helping in a number of other ways to benefit animals and the people who love them in your community.

For more information about other volunteer opportunities and special projects in and around Houston, please email

Sign up to volunteer

Sign up to foster with us

For more information about fostering adoptable pets, email

Smiling woman behind a smiling gray and white pit bull type dogBest Friends events in Houston

Come out to meet adoptable pets and find out more about the Best Friends mission to end the killing of shelter pets. Click below to view our calendar.

See upcoming Best Friends in
Houston events

Community and working cats

Have you heard about our working cats program? Working cats are ideal residents for stables, barns, ranches, breweries, warehouses, garden centers, marinas and backyards. These cats are FREE to those who have a safe, suitable place for these community cats to reside. Caretaker responsibilities include providing daily food and water, shelter, and veterinary care. If you are interested in having community cats placed on your property, or if you or someone you know would like to help a group of cats, please email or complete the online application at

Harris County Community Cat Program

In partnership with the Veterinary Public Health division of Harris County Public Health, Best Friends in Houston operates the Harris County Community Cat Program, a humane and effective community-based program for reducing the number of free-roaming (stray and feral) cats in the county.

The program provides:

  • Assistance with humanely trapping free-roaming cats so that they can be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned to their home area (Ear-tipping is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat)
  • Assistance with resolving cat-related issues, such as spraying, fighting or unwanted litters

If you live in Harris County and are seeing stray cats, please feel free to contact us.

Harris County Community Cat Program

Get more information about Best Friends community cat initiatives, and tools and resources to help community cats in your neighborhood.

Tan and white puppy holding a plush toy in her mouthAmazon wish list for the animals

Caring for animals requires many supplies, so please add a few more items to your shopping cart to help Save Them All! Check out the Houston Amazon Wish List and have items shipped directly to us. Wet kitten food, kitten litter, dry kitten food, adult pate cat food, dog food, nylon dog collars/leashes and dog crates in various sizes are Houston's biggest needs.

Give from the Amazon Wish List

Transport program volunteer opportunities

Best Friends Animal Society in Houston works collaboratively with Harris County Animal Shelter and other shelters across Texas to save the lives of homeless pets by transporting them to rescue groups up north to increase their chances for adoption. Sign up today to be a driver, a short-term foster or assist with the care and enrichment of these pets before they get on the road to their forever home! Questions on how you can make a difference – email today!

The Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets

Led by Best Friends, the Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets, is a group of more than 20 animal welfare organizations devoted to saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats in the Houston area. Working together, the coalition is narrowing the lifesaving gap for homeless pets and working to make Houston a no-kill city. 

Coalition members can network together, connect to resources and collaborate to find solutions that save lives. To become a member, please download the form  and return to

Coalition members

We are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us at

DonorHouston partnership

Nonprofit partner DonorHouston logo

Best Friends partners with DonorHouston, an online resource of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) that provides information about Houston-area nonprofit organizations. It is an invaluable resource for charitable giving donors. DonorHouston works to further the cause of philanthropy in the region by promoting nonprofit transparency and makes information readily available to community members via a searchable online database. It is free to nonprofits, GHCF donors and public users.

Upcoming Best Friends events in Houston

Get involved and help save dogs’ and cats’ lives. Join Best Friends in Houston at one of these fun pet events - and perhaps add a new best friend to your family by adopting one of our available cats or dogs.

Saturday, July 17
Freemans Town Farmers Market -FB

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
1108 Victor Street
Learn how to help save pets in need and join Best Friends Houston! There are many ways to get involved from fostering, volunteering and advocating for pets in need to help Save Them All! Meet some of our adoptable pets and fall in love!

Friday, July 23
Arts Cellar Art Market

Allen Parkway and Dunlavy
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Parkway Market Days will host a variety of artists, farmers, and makers for an all inclusive shopping event. Guests, children, and fur babies can expect some fabulous handmade quality gifts for purchase. Come by and learn how to get involved with our Best Friends Houston and help save pets in need.

Saturday, July 24
Foster Rally with Harris County Pets

Copperfield PetSmart
7050 HWY 6
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Come learn about foster opportunities and get matched with a foster cat or kittens in need. Fostering save lives, did you know by helping temporarily foster a pet in need you help them acclimate to a home setting where they will ultimately get matched with a loving family. You get all the perks of having a loving pet in your home, we provide the supplies and medical care while you help give your foster all the TLC!

Saturday, July 24
First Annual Pets and Pals gathering

More to come soon!

Sunday, July 25
Wicklow Heights

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Come out and meet adoptable dogs looking to meet you and be your best friend! Check out our adoptable pets (here) and set up a meet-and-greet with your new family member!

Saturday, July 31
Natural Pawz - Washington

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Get ready for a Luau party and meet your Best Friend! Meet adoptable dogs and pets and visit our friends at the new Washington store!

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