Charity Challenge 2016
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Charity Challenge spotlight: Protecting Houston's animals from suffering, abuse and neglect

Charity Challenge spotlight: Working to protect Houston's animals

Houston SPCA
The Houston SPCA works to help thousands of stray or homeless animals find new, loving homes. Houston SPCA/Facebook

Houston's a city of great giving and the CultureMap Charity Challenge aims to highlight that. CultureMap selected 12 deserving nonprofits to compete for a grand prize as they all raise awareness for worthy causes. Today: Houston SPCA.

Founded in 1924, the Houston SPCA is the city's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter with the mission of promoting commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

Entirely funded by donations, the Houston SPCA helps care for thousands of cats, kittens, puppies, dogs, rabbits and small companion animals — even equine and farm animals — at their facility. The organization works to place all healthy animals into loving new homes, with adoption partners or in reputable sanctuaries.

The organization not only helps place stray or homeless animals, but also offers services such as spaying and neutering, animal training programs, a 24-hour ambulance service for injured stray animal rescue and foster care. Last year alone, hundreds of families took in 2,000 animals through the Houston SPCA's foster program.

Additionally, the Houston SPCA investigates more than 7,000 cases of animal neglect, cruelty and abuse every year and the group is the lead non-profit agency for providing rescue, recovery and relief efforts to animals during a disaster.

Vote now for Houston SPCA — or one of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.