Best Friends in Houston

Working together to Save Them All

Best Friends in Houston works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in Houston and the surrounding areas.

To guide this work and help Houston become a no-kill city for cats and dogs, Best Friends launched the Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets in April of 2018 followed by a Community Cat Program, foster programs for dogs and cats, local adoption programs and an out of state transport program.

Read on to find out more about how you can get involved locally to Save Them All, and click the button to your right if you're looking to take home your new best friend!

Puppy at the Houston Super Adoption eventBest Friends events in Houston

Come out to meet adoptable pets and find out more about the Best Friends mission to end the killing of shelter pets. Click below to view our calendar.

See upcoming Best Friends in
Houston events

Tan and white puppy holding a plush toy in her mouthAmazon wish list for the animals

Looking to give back this holiday season? Caring for animals requires many supplies, so please add a few more items to your shopping cart to help Save Them All! Check out the Houston Amazon Wish List and have items shipped directly to us. Wet kitten food, kitten litter, dry kitten food, adult pate cat food, dog food, nylon dog collars/leashes and dog crates in various sizes are Houston's biggest needs.

Give from the Amazon Wish List

Transport program volunteer opportunities

Best Friends Animal Society in Houston works collaboratively with Harris County Animal Shelter and other shelters across Texas to save the lives of homeless pets by transporting them to rescue groups up north to increase their chances for adoption. Sign up today to be a driver, a short-term foster or assist with the care and enrichment of these pets before they get on the road to their forever home! Questions on how you can make a difference – email today!

Lifesaving is a team effort! Learn more about our Houston coalition partners:

We are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us at

Get involved to help animals in need

Want to volunteer to help homeless pets? Best Friends in Houston has a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including fostering cats and dogs to help get them ready for adoption, assisting with the Harris County Community Cat Program, and helping in a number of other ways to benefit animals and the people who love them in your community.

For more information about other volunteer opportunities and special projects in and around Houston, please email

Sign up to volunteer

Sign up to foster a dog

Sign up to foster kittens

For more information about fostering adoptable pets, email

Harris County Community Cat Program

In partnership with the Veterinary Public Health division of Harris County Public Health, Best Friends in Houston operates the Harris County Community Cat Program, a humane and effective community-based program for reducing the number of free-roaming (stray and feral) cats in the county.

The program provides:

  • Assistance with humanely trapping free-roaming cats so that they can be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned to their home area (Ear-tipping is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat)
  • Assistance with resolving cat-related issues, such as spraying, fighting or unwanted litters

If you live in Harris County and are seeing stray cats, please feel free to contact us.

Harris County Community Cat Program

Get more information about Best Friends community cat initiatives, and tools and resources to help community cats in your neighborhood.

DonorHouston partnership

Nonprofit partner DonorHouston logo

Best Friends partners with DonorHouston, an online resource of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) that provides information about Houston-area nonprofit organizations. It is an invaluable resource for charitable giving donors. DonorHouston works to further the cause of philanthropy in the region by promoting nonprofit transparency and makes information readily available to community members via a searchable online database. It is free to nonprofits, GHCF donors and public users.

Upcoming Best Friends events in Houston

Get involved and help save dogs’ and cats’ lives. Join Best Friends in Houston at one of these fun pet events - and perhaps add a new best friend to your family by adopting one of our available cats or dogs.

Saturday, October 5
Save Them All Saturday joins The Bonfire Texas Music Festival Gone to the Dogs
1 - 5 p.m.
Stevens And Pruett Ranch
Rosharon, Texas 77583
Join Best Friends Animal Society , 14 other rescue groups, vendors and meet many of the wonderful rescue animals in need. Be ready for sloppy kisses, paw fives, waggy tails!

Saturday, October 12
Halloween Adoption Pop Up 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m
Rice Village (promenade by Hop Daddy)
5510 Morningside Dr Ste 100, Houston, TX 77005
Come out and meet your new Best Friend in their Halloween costumes as we get the trick or treat spirit started a little early this year! Dog and Cat 

Saturday, October 19
Community Adoption  and Pumpkin Patch 
10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Plymouth United Church
5927 Louetta Road, Spring, Texas
Free  family friendly event and free pumpkin with every adoption!

Sunday, October 20
Petco Adoption Event- Katy
12-3 p.m.
2844 W Grand Pkwy N
Katy, TX 77449

Saturday, October 26
Dog Pop
Steel City Pops
420 East 20th

Sunday, November 3
Kitten Yoga
1 - 2 p.m.
Yogaleena Studios
2621 S Shepherd Dr Ste 230
Get your Meowm on with kittens in costumes for a post Halloween themed Kitten yoga! Costumes are encouraged but not required.