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About Us

The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter.  Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations, which receives no funding from the government, United Way or other animal groups. With your support, we help more than 45,000 animals a year.

Last year:

  • The Houston SPCA and the Houston SPCA’s The Wildlife Center of Texas, admitted and cared for over 25,000 cats and dogs, small mammals, birds, horses, farm animals, and native wildlife.
  • We investigated over 6,000 reports of animal abuse, neglect and cruelty.
  • Our 24-hour injured animal rescue ambulances are on the streets every day of the year and we rescued over 3,000 animals from immediate danger and distress.
  • Over 2,200 animals were fostered by caring families.
  • Our Veterinary Services team performed over 7,000 spay/neuter and lifesaving surgical procedures.
  • Over 150 senior fourth-year veterinary students at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences participated in a required, two-week rotation at the Houston SPCA where they learned about the full spectrum of animal treatment and welfare, including rescue and forensics investigations.
  • We reached more than 11,000 children with our message of compassion and respect for life directly through our through scout programs, classroom instruction and Critter Camp
  • Our dedicated volunteers gave over 82,000 hours of services.
  • We placed 100% of our healthy animals into loving new homes.

For more information about the Houston SPCA, visit

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