As animal lovers know, spring is a time for renewal and regrowth — and furbabies. Sadly, that means thousands of new stray kittens and puppies on busy, dangerous, and desolate Houston streets.
That means animal shelters will be especially paced. Best Friends Animal Society estimates more than 40,000 animals enter shelters throughout the Greater Houston area each year— or, simply put, enough to fill Minute Maid Stadium. Worse, Texas is nationally ranked second to California for highest number of animals killed in shelters.
To help remedy the situation, Best Friends and several other rescues are partnering for a series of virtual and in-person animal adoption events in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Kicking things off is the The 2nd Annual Virtual Pet Adoption preview event, which will be held noon Friday, April 30 on Best Friends Houston’s Instagram account @bfas_houston.
Viewers will be able to see cute and cuddly adoptable friends from across the Houston area. Then, on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 in-person adoption events will be held across the city at participating animal shelter and rescue locations.
Here is a list of the partnering organizations and shelters:
*BARC (City of Houston Animal Shelter)
Adoption hours: 11am-5pm
3300 Carr St.; 713-229-7300
Best Friends Animal Society
Adoption hours: May 1-2, 10am-4pm
Pop-up adoption location: CityCentre (799 Town & Country Blvd suite 143; between Madewell and Paper Source)
City of Baytown Animal Services & Adoption Center
Adoption hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm
705 N Robert C Lanier Dr. in Baytown; 281-422-7600
Fort Bend County Animal Services
Adoption/kennel hours: 10 am-4 pm Tuesday; 5 pm-7 pm Wednesday; 11 am-3 pm Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday and Thursday
1210 Blume Rd. in Rosenberg; 281-342-1512
Galveston County Animal Resource Center
Adoption hours: Noon-6 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; Noon-5 pm Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 am-5 pm Saturdays; closed Sunday and Monday
3412 25th Ave. N (Loop 197 N) in Texas City; 409-948-2485
Harris County Pets
Adoption hours: Weekdays 11am-4 pm and weekends 1pm-5:50 pm
612 Canino Rd.; 281-999-3191
Pasadena Animal Shelter
Adoption hours: 9:30 am-2:30 pm Sunday
5150 Burke Rd. in Pasadena; 713-920-7942
Rosenberg Animal Control & Adoption Center
Adoption hours: Weekdays 11 am-6 pm and Saturday 11 am-4 pm
1207 Blume Rd. in Rosenberg; 832-595-3490
SPCA of Brazoria County
Adoption hours: 8am-5pm daily
141 Canna Ln. in Lake Jackson; 979-285-2340
Adoption hours: Wednesday-Sunday Noon-4 pm
3830 Greenhouse Rd.; 281-579-7387
Interested potential parents should note that special adoption discounts may apply. Call or visit each shelters’ website to determine the process and requirements for adoption.