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!
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 HoustonVolunteer@bestfriends.org.
For more information about fostering adoptable pets, email HoustonFoster@bestfriends.org.
Best 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.
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 HarrisCountyCCP@bestfriends.org or complete the online application at https://bit.ly/HOUworkingcats.
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
Amazon 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 4Paws Farm
- A Life to Live
- A Smart Rescue
- Abandoned Animal Rescue
- Animal Justice League
- BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions
- City of Baytown Animal Services & Adoption Center
- Day of the Dogs
- Friends for Life
- Harris County Animal Shelter
- Houston Cares Animal Rescue
- Houston Dog Ranch
- Houston Pets Alive
- Jacinto City Dog Pound Rescue
- K-9 Angels Rescue
- Lola’s Lucky Day
- Mercy Pet Clinic
- Pearland Parvo Recovery Center
- Rescue Rides
- Rescued Pets Movement
- Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter
- SNAP: Spay Neuter Assistance Program
- SPCA of Brazoria County
- Special Pals
- Texas Litter Control
- The Empty Shelter Project
- Wags to Whiskers of Texas
We are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us at ContactHouston@bestfriends.org.
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.
Friday, April 9 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Want to foster but not sure where to start? Have you fostered a pet before and looking to learn more about the foster experience? We are here to help answer all of your foster questions. We can not do any of the life saving work without wonderful foster homes to help care for our foster pets! Get your questions about fostering for the first time, how to help get friends and family to foster, or more information on getting support for your fostering experience.
BFAS HOU Foster 101
Sunday, April 18 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Earth Day Houston - Discovery Green
Celebrate Earth Day 2021 by enjoying the fresh air and sunrays at Discovery Green.
Sunday, April 25 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Art Cellar Market Days
Allen Parkway and Dunlavy
Come out and meet some adoptable pets as we enjoy the sights and sounds of Allen Park!
Art Cellar outdoor Market