Hundreds of dogs at Houston shelters working out of time

The omicron surge has led to team shortages, much less volunteers and less adoption functions — all when adoptions drop and intakes increase.

HOUSTON — Animal shelters in Houston and other metropolitan areas are battling to preserve up with an maximize of homeless animals and a decrease in adoptions. The omicron surge only made matters even worse. 

Very best Close friends Animal Culture, a main animal welfare firm, is warning of a nationwide animal shelter crisis with shut to 100,000 pet dogs and cats in need to have of households. 

In Houston, Most effective Friends claims the major want ideal now is the overpowering selection of canine at area shelters that are working out of time. They say there are more than 600 puppies at Harris County Animals, BARC and Montgomery County Animal Shelter alone.

The omicron surge has produced things worse with personnel shortages, much less volunteers and less adoption gatherings.

“The implications of the pandemic for shelters are that lives are hanging in the balance—when shelter functions are disrupted, it produces a bottleneck of animals in need to have of properties,” stated LeeAnn Shenefiel with Most effective Friends Animal Society. “On major of that, pet dog adoptions have waned so there is now a greater quantity of pets in shelters or sitting down in foster households when compared to the last two many years.”


How you can assistance homeless animals

As the pandemic presses on, there are three approaches you can make a meaningful variation now.



Help Houston region shelters minimize important overcrowding by adopting a canine or cat. Test with the shelters for adoption specials. Just about every adopted dog will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. The cost — which would commonly be hundreds of dollars — is provided in your adoption price.

“During a time when lots of people today are experiencing uncertainties, which includes position adjustments, housing insecurity and financial issues, pets can be a resource of convenience and companionship,” stated Julie Castle with Very best Buddies. “So now especially is the great time to insert a new pet into your property.”

Adoption several hours and places

12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (shut Mondays)

3300 Carr Street, Houston TX 77026

Appointment needed to undertake Call or schedule on the net

1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Sat.-Solar.)

612 Canino Rd, Houston, TX 77076

Montgomery County Animal Shelter

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (shut Mondays)

8535 TX-242, Conroe, TX 77385



Best Friends is wanting for 50 unexpected emergency fosters that can temporarily open their households for three to 4 months to enable an “at-risk” pet at 1 of their municipal shelter partners in the higher Houston location.

It is free to foster, all supplies can be supplied, and professional medical care is coated for the pet whilst they are in the foster household. 

To assist, complete the Ideal Mates Houston foster form or e mail [email protected].

You can also foster by making use of on your nearby shelter’s web site or by way of numerous animal rescue organizations.



If you are unable to adopt or foster, contemplate a tax-deductible donation.

Donate to Best Pals Animal Culture

Donate to Harris County Pets

Donate to Montgomery County Animal Shelter