Animals & Pets

The Harris County Animal Shelter is happy to provide information and services for current pet owners and for those wishing to add a new four-footed member to their family.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Your pets will thank you being a responsible pet owner when you follow these steps:

  • Spay, neuter and microchip your pets
  • Keep a license tag on them at all times
  • Commit to the relationship for the life of your cat or dog
  • Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time, money and love
  • Exercise, train and socialize your pets
  • Provide veterinary care (preventive and when ill)
  • Don’t allow them to run loose – keep them safely confined
  • Clean up after them
  • Include your pet in your emergency or disaster plans
  • Adopt homeless pets from our shelter!

Guide to Owning a Pit Bull in Harris County English | Español
Tips for Owning a Cat in unincorporated Harris County English | Español


Halloween Safety English | Español
Heat Safety
Holiday Hazards for Pets
Summer Animal Bite Prevention
For more on Pet Safety during the winter months, click here.