Houston animal shelters at critical levels will slash adoption fees

Houston-area animal shelters are being pushed to critical levels thanks to a steep drop in adoptions and a stark rise in intakes that has several local facilities totally overwhelmed.

Local shelters are waiving or reducing adoption fees as part of a citywide event this weekend that aims to help alleviate strained facilities. The event runs April 30-May 1 and coincides with the National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on Saturday.

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The event is being organized by Best Friends Animal Society, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for no-kill communities.

Houston’s animal shelters have been scrambling for the last year trying to manage high intake numbers. They join facilities across the country that are facing a devastating new crisis of decreased adoptions and increased intakes as more people head back to the office and surrender their pandemic pets.

Harris County’s shelter can comfortably care for 200 dogs, but as of Monday, they are operating at double that number with 400 dogs in its care, according to Kerry McKeel with Best Friends.

“They have run out of space and continue to receive 40-60 animals a day,” McKeel said. “This is just feedback from one of our local shelter partners, but so many animal shelters throughout the greater Houston area are experiencing the same challenge.”

In nearby Fort Bend County, animal services there were recently so inundated with intakes they started housing dogs in the hallways

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“It’s not only the dogs that are coming in, it’s the dogs that are not leaving. The adoption numbers are just not moving,” Barbara Vass, assistant director and life savings program manager for the Fort Bend shelter, previously told the Houston Chronicle. “All the rescues are full — it doesn’t matter what shelter, what rescue, there are huge numbers in all of the shelters. It’s a crisis everywhere right now.”

Houston shelters are in need of adopters, fosters and volunteers to manage their populations. See below for a list of participating shelters in this weekend’s event. Interested adopters or fosters should contact a shelter directly for information on reduced fees, the adoption process and requirements.

  • BARC (City of Houston Animal Shelter)
    Adoption hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    3300 Carr St.
    Houston, Texas 77026
  • Best Friends Animal Society
    May 1 adoption hours: 11 am – 2:30 pm
    Adoption pop-up
    St. Arnold Brewing Company
    2000 Lyons Ave.
    Houston, Texas 77020
  • City of Baytown Animal Services & Adoption Center
    Adoption hours: Tuesday-Saturday, Noon – 5 p.m.
    705 North Robert C Lanier Drive
    Baytown, Texas 77521
  • City of Pearlland Animal Services
    Adoption hours
    Saturday 8 a.m.–noon, 1–5 p.m.
    Sunday 1–4 p.m.
    2002 Old Alvin Rd.
    Pearland, Texas 77581
  • Ft. Bend County Animal Services
    Adoption hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm
    1210 Blume Rd.
    Rosenberg, Texas 77471
  • Harris County Pets
    Adoption hours
    Weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Weekends 1–5:50 p.m.
    612 Canino Road
    Houston, Texas 77076
  • Montgomery County Animal Shelter
    Adoption hours
    Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    8535 Hwy 242
    Conroe, Texas 77385

“There are so many wonderful pets in the greater Houston area shelters waiting to find homes, and they are counting on the community to help them, whether that means adoption, fostering, or volunteering,” Megan Matchett of Best Friends Animal Society said in a release.”By working together, we can pool our resources, serve the community, and change the future of companion animals for the better.”


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