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How To Adopt a Pet In Houston

Brooke Lewis
Posted on August 14
A gray striped Tabby cat rests on a gray chair.

Okay, who wouldn't want to be greeted by this face every day?(Kseniya Ovchinnikova/Getty Images)

Earlier this summer, Houston shelters were dealing with an influx of stray cats and dogs. More than 10,000 animals have been picked up by the city’s animal control officers within the last year. The city's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care also had to put down 386 cats and dogs in April, which is the highest number since June 2019. If you want to help Houston shelters, then it might be time to adopt a pet. So, how can you do it?

The Adoption Process

Some Houston-area shelters to adopt your new furry friend include BARC, Houston SPCA, Harris County Pets, Houston Humane Society, and Citizens for Animal Protection. You’ll need to come in person to adopt an animal at one of these shelters and must be 18-years-old with a valid, government issued photo ID. Before you adopt your pet, make sure to prepare your home and check for safety issues, talk to other family members about responsibilities, make sure other pets in your home are fully vaccinated, and find a vet if you don’t have one.

The Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary from shelter to shelter. At BARC, seniors 60 years and older can adopt a dog or cat for only $2.

  • Kittens: $20 - $90.
  • Puppies: $75 - $195
  • Cats: $2 - $55
  • Dogs: $2 - $110

After You Adopt

You should take your new pet to a vet within 72 hours of adoption, so they can get a thorough physical examination. Some shelters like BARC offer treatment for pets within two weeks of adoption if they become sick.

Once you have your new fur baby, listen to how you can prepare your pet for hurricane season. [City Cast Houston 🎧]

Have you adopted a pet recently? What was your experience like? Email me.

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