Veterinary Public Health


The Veterinary Public Health (VPH) division of Harris County Public Health works in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for residents and animals of unincorporated Harris County. The Harris County Animal Shelter is operated under VPH.


List of websites and apps for posting information on a lost or found pet

We welcome donations of supplies to keep our future pets comfortable and fed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Thank you Petco Foundation for the $100,000 donation for Hurricane Harvey flood relief and recovery efforts! 

Donate Online

Amazon Wish List 

We are in urgent need of newspaper. Please drop it off at the shelter Monday – Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. or Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


Extreme Weather Ready Expo

Mobile Adoptions

Volunteer Orientations

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For more information, contact:
Harris County Public Health
Veterinary Public Health:
612 Canino Road
Houston, TX 77076
Phone: 281.999.3191
Fax: 281.847.1911 

Driving Directions to HCPH Veterinary Public Health (Google Maps)

Services Provided by HCPH Veterinary Public Health

Adoption hours: 
Please note adoption hours end earlier than regular lobby hours
Monday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Lobby shelter hours:
Monday - Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
no animal intake

Animal surrender hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00
no animal surrenders on Sunday and Wednesday

Phone hours (for our call center):
Monday – Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (closed for lunch)
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.