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Americans spend billions of dollars caring for their animals each year. Despite all of the animals that are cared for and loved, there are an equal amount that are left on the street or that have no home. In Houston, reports suggest that there could be as many as one million strays that are in need of support. Many stray animals end up euthanized because charities cannot find homes, or they do not have the funding they need to care for these animals. Luckily, there are a growing number of no-kill shelters in Houston and around the country that seek to make sure that animals are taken care of the best way possible.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect both the local and national landscape, our pets are also feeling the changes we are. In Houston, there are dozens of dedicated and caring volunteers and charities attempting to help those pets.
Here are a few of the charities in Houston doing great work when it comes to our furry friends.
CAP – Citizens for Animal Protection
CAP has been around since 1972. This organization is committed to rescuing, sheltering, and finding placement for homeless animals. They also provide education and advocacy to prevent animal cruelty. If you have a pet and are struggling to handle vet care, they also offer a wellness clinic that provides affordable services to help keep your pet healthy. Donate to CAP, here.
HOPE – Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor
HOPE is a volunteer-driven charity filled with animal advocates that are attempting to rehome homeless pets. This includes foster-to-adoption programs, Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats, and other educational programs. On their website, you can see a list of available dogs and cats that need homes. Donations including money and supplies are always welcome. Donate to HOPE, here.
The Houston Humane Society seeks to improve the quality of lives of as many animals as they can, while working to end the abuse, cruelty, and overpopulation of animals. Like many charities, the Houston Humane Society does not receive any federal or government funding. They rely 100% on donations from the community to stay afloat and to continue their mission. Frequent events occur including pet adoptions, educational classes, and clinics for spaying and neutering. You can donate to the Houston Humane Society, here.
The Houston SPCA was the first animal protection agency in the area. They provide dozens of essential services for the animals in the community. They offer adoptions by appointment, a 24-hour animal rescue ambulance, a variety of education programs, outreach, and so much more. All of this is done with the goal to help free animals from abuse and to help them find the homes they deserve. Donate to Houston SPCA, here.
RPM is one of Houston’s most well-known animal foster charities. The volunteers that run RPM ensure that cats and dogs get the chance they need to find the right home for them. This is done through rehabilitation, fostering, and eventually an adoption to a pet’s forever home. RPM relies on the support of volunteers, donations, and families to adopt and/or foster these animals to save them from being euthanized. With the help of the community RPM has helped to save thousands of pets since 2013. Donate to Rescued Pets Movement, here.
This is just a small selection of active animal charities in the Houston area. If you’re thinking of getting a pet, this list would be a great place to start. It also goes without saying that all of these charities need as much support as possible to keep doing the work they are doing.
If you contact any of these charities or know of any others offering help to local pets, please feel free to let us know in the comments.