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!

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.

See upcoming Best Friends in
Houston events

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

Looking to give back this holiday season? 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!

Lifesaving is a team effort! Learn more about our Houston coalition partners:

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

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 a dog

Sign up to foster kittens

For more information about fostering adoptable pets, email

Join the Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets

The Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets, led by Best Friends, comprises more than 20 animal welfare organizations throughout the greater Houston area that are devoted to saving the lives of dogs and cats.

Learn more or become a member

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.

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.

Wednesday, February 19 6:30 - 8 p.m.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Saturday, February 29  10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Save Them All Saturday
Rice Village 
Looking for your feline or canine Valentine? Come by and see some our wonderful cats and dogs looking for their Best Friend! 

Saturday, February 29  10:30-11:30 a.m.
For The Love of Cats
Barc Animal Shelter and Adoptions
Join us and learn about all things cats! What to do if you find a stray cat, if you are looking to foster kittens, want to adopt but do not know where to go? We are partnering with BARC to help share all things cats.

Saturday, March 7 6:30 a.m.
Houston Rockets Dog Walk
6001 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77030
This awesome event is presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka benefiting Hermann Park Conservancy. We will be enjoying a picturesque walk with your favorite pup located in the heart of Hermann Park.

Saturday, March 14 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Save Them All Saturday
8th Wonder Brewery
Looking for your Best Friend? Come and meet wonderful rescue animals from rescues around the Houston Area and shop local vendors while getting sloppy kisses and kitten cuddles!

Wednesday, March 25 
For The Love of Cats
Texas Litter Control North location (IAH)
Join us and learn about all things cats! What to do if you find a stray cat, if you are looking to foster kittens we have tips and resources to become the most confident kitten foster, want to adopt but do not know where to go? We are partnering with TLC to help share all things cats.

Sunday, March 29 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bark Mitzvah
Groomers, trainers, vets, specialty treat shops, pet adoptions, music and more will help shape an afternoon of joy at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism's 4th Annual Bark Mitzvah! Free and open to the community! Food and fun for all! Rabbi Steve Gross will lead a Bark Mitzvah service for all canines

Saturday, April 4  12-5 p.m.
Doggy Party on the Plaza
City Centre Houston
Come join us for the 11th Annual Doggy Party on the Plaza at CityCentre. Bring the ENTIRE family to see some fun Doggy entertainment, do some shopping and eat some yummy food! Pets are all WELCOMED! We can’t wait to see everyone!

Saturday, April 11 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Puppies for Breakfast
Historic Market Square
On April 11, 2020, Puppies for Breakfast will celebrate 10 years of Dog festivals in Houston! This big event / dog party will take place at MarketSquare Park in Downtown Houston and we will ensure that this will be the biggest Puppies event to date.

Sunday, April 19 12 -5 p.m.
Green Mountain Energy Earth Day
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
The FREE event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a farmers market, Earth Talks and more, all in a zero-waste footprint.

Saturday, May 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
PAWZ UP Woofstock
iluckydog Pet Campus
Vendors, Food, Drinks, and a mix of music from that special summer of 1969 and beyond, are all in store for you and your dogs. PawzUp is always a family and pet friendly event, and is always FREE to attend.

June 17-20
Best Friends Animal Society Conference
Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando FL
At the conference, you’ll get the chance to learn, share and connect with like-minded animal lovers from around the country. With workshops and speakers on nearly every aspect of the no-kill movement, the conference has something for everyone. You’ll be joined by more than a thousand fellow animal lovers, united by a passion for saving the lives of homeless pets and getting the country to no-kill by 2025.