The best pet care companies in Houston are offering free vet appointments, spay and neuter services, and free puppy and kitten adoption services, according to a new report from Houston-based Animal Rescue League.
The Houston-area nonprofit, which says it works with more than 40 shelters in the city, says its new Houston Pet Adoption Resource Center, located in a former office building at the intersection of Loop 610 and Loop 76, has helped rescue hundreds of animals in the past year.
“We do this because we love animals, and we love them, and they love us,” said Rebecca McAllister, the group’s executive director.
“They’re like our family and they deserve to be embraced.”
The Houston Animal Adoption Center is a two-story building with a front entrance with a window that allows dogs and cats to enter the room for appointments.
It’s located at 1850 Westheimer in the Loop, near the corner of Lamar and Cypress.
Adoption centers typically charge an adoption fee of $25 for the appointment.
They offer a list of services, including spay/neuter and spay-and-neuter kits and a foster network of foster homes.
The shelter also offers adoptions to the public for $2.
The Texas A&M-affiliated Houston Animal Shelter is the state’s largest pet adoption center with more, and it also offers free spay clinics and vaccinations.
In addition, it also provides free vet and neuters to homeless and abandoned animals.
“It’s about bringing the love back to these animals, it’s about giving them the opportunity to be loved, to be cared for, to make a family,” said Sarah M. Hines, the shelter’s executive manager.
“We really do this for them.
We want them to be able to make friends with other dogs, with other cats, and that’s where we’re seeing that happen.”
But the group says it’s important to find a pet shelter that will help you get the most out of your pet, including the healthiest possible pet.
“You want a vet that will be a good fit for you,” McAllisters said.
“You don’t want a pet that’s going to get hurt or hurt their owner.”
She also said shelters that offer more expensive, but potentially better, pet care are better for pet adoption because of their proximity to Houston and the cost of getting a dog.
McAllisters and other advocates say pet owners need to understand that a shelter can be an excellent option if they have other financial needs.
They also say pet ownership can be a great way to get a new pet in the pet industry, because of the benefits of adoption.
“There’s a lot of pet owners who really have no idea what they’re getting themselves into,” said Melissa A. Lee, a veterinary epidemiologist at Houston Methodist Hospital.
“The biggest thing that pet owners can do to help save a pet’s life is to educate themselves on what can be done and how to get started.”
For pet owners, pet adoption can be especially important for those who are in a transitional period, such as someone who has a dog or cat who has passed away or a recovering addict who has had to give up.
For many pet owners in Houston, the pet-recovery program has been a lifeline for their pets, said McAllis.
“What’s happened with these animals is that they’ve come back,” McAndister said.
“[We]’ve seen a lot more people come back.
It seems like it’s become the way that they live now.
We’re seeing a lot less homelessness, and there are a lot fewer euthanized pets.
It has helped the pets and they’ve been able to do this.”
McAllister said Houston is home to several pet adoption organizations, but the shelter offers a unique service, because it’s not just a place for pets to be adopted.
“Our service is designed specifically for people who need help with their pet,” she said.
“If you need help, we’re not going to tell you to get your dog or your cat or whatever, we’ll help you.
But we do help with spay, neutering, vaccinations, spaying, getting your cat spayed and that kind of thing.
It can be challenging for them to do that.
They need to be educated on what they can do, and how they can get help.”
McAndister is hoping to have the Houston Pet Rescue Center open by the end of the year.
She said that if there’s enough interest in her pet adoption program, it might expand.
The shelter has about 50 dogs and cat-related adoptions every day.