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 HoustonVolunteer@bestfriends.org.

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Pets in need of foster today »

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For more information about fostering adoptable pets, email HoustonFoster@bestfriends.org.


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


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.

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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 houstonvolunteer@bestfriends.org 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 contacthouston@bestfriends.org.

Coalition members

We are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us at ContactHouston@bestfriends.org.


DonorHouston partnership

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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.

Foster Rally - Meet Your Match
Saturday, Sept 18  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
612 Canino Road
Pets have been by our sides through the pandemic providing companionship and comfort. Now, it is our time to be there for them. Animal Shelters in the greater Houston area are at capacity and many animals are at risk every day. Help us Save Them All, by temporarily opening your home to a pet in need—we provide supplies, food and medical care, you the loving home!

Clear the Shelter Adoption Event
Saturday, Sept 18   11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Shelters in the Greater Houston area are over capacity, and we are helping clear the shelters by matching pets in need with loving homes.
American Furniture Warehouse is a sponsor of Clear The Shelter campaign, and we will be on site with adoptable cats and dogs ready to meet you!

AARP and Best Friends in Houston - Webinar 
Friday, September 24
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Craving Post-Pandemic Connection? Join us for a webinar series to learn how pets can help, featuring Houston cats and dogs to adopt with a discount code.
Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-924-Pets

AARP and Best Friends in Houston - Webinar 
Friday, October 1

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Whether you have a pet and are looking for ways to deepen your bond or you have been considering bringing a pet into your life, this webinar is for you. Participants will receive a special discount code starting at 50% towards adopting a pet through Best Friends Animal Society or a participating animal shelter in the greater Houston area.
Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1001-Pets

Paws Fest 2021 @ LaCenterra Cinco Ranch
Saturday, October 2 , 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX
LaCenterra is bringing a PAWsome day for all dogs and dog lovers!
Come meet some of our adoptable pets and pets from Harris County Pets on site at this PAWsome event! We are joining our friends at LaCenterra-Cinco Ranch for a day filled of dog themed vendors, dog loving activities and fun!