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!

A heart as big as Texas big dog adoption promotion featuring a brown dog

A Heart as Big as Texas

In Texas, bigger is better, but dogs larger than 40 pounds are at high risk in shelters. Welcome a Texas-sized dog into your family by fostering or adopting today! Join Best Friends Animal Society and our shelter partners across the state through the month of October for special adoption and foster promotions.

Participating locations:
Best Friends in Houston
Montgomery County Animal Shelter
Fort Bend County Pets
Rosenberg Animal Shelter
Harris County Pets
City of Baytown
Pasadena Animal Shelter
Pearland Pets
Abilene Animal Services
Palm Valley Animal Society

Puppy at the Houston Super Adoption eventBest 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.

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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!

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

Pets in need of fostering

Sign up to foster a dog

Sign up to foster a cat

Sign up to foster kittens

For more information about fostering adoptable pets, email

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.

Paws on Demand
Thursday, June 25 @ 7PM
Meet our featured pets of the week on IGTV.

For the Love of Cats (Virtual)
Saturday, June 27 @ 10AM
Best Friends Houston Facebook
Join Best Friends Houston and Harris County Pets as we talk all things cats! From what to do if you find a stray, what is a community cat to fostering a cat or kittens with Harris County Pets or Best Friends.

For the Love of Cats - Replay (Virtual)
Monday, June 29 @ 2PM
Join Best Friends Houston and Harris County Pets as we talk all things cats!From what to do if you find a stray, what is a community cat to fostering a cat or kittens with Harris County Pets or Best Friends.

Bottle Kittens 101 LIVE (Virtual)
Tuesday, June 30 @ 2PM
Best Friends Houston Facebook
Join us as we talk all things with our tiniest of kittens! We will go over techniques on bottle feeding, supplies needed for the ultimate nursery and helping those tiny kittens most in need at their most vulnerable stages.

Gruel and Mush Kittens - Intro to Kitten food LIVE (Virtual)
Wednesday, July 1 @ 2PM
Best Friends Houston Facebook
After learning about caring for our bottle babies, we move on to the fun and "best picture" phase of kitten life stages known as Mush babies! Introducing wet food.

Paws on Demand - Kittenpalooza edition
Thursday, July 2 @ 7PM
Tune in! We are going all KITTENS this week and talking about the importance of socializing kittens as they learn to become the best cats they can be!

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