Animal Shelter Services

A calico kitten and a German Shepherd puppy lying on grass together

Shelter Services

Adoption Hours: Go to Adopt a Pet for more details.

  • Animal turn-in:
    • Animals that are from the unincorporated areas of Harris County will be accepted during regular lobby hours.  Map of Local Animal Control by County.
    • Fees may be charged for turning in multiple animals.
  • Lost pet search:
    • In person - Visit our shelter during regular lobby hours
    • Telephone - Give a description of your animal and the address the animal went missing from and we can check our records for a match during regular phone hours.  
      We still recommend visiting the shelter immediately if you have lost your pet. 
    • Website - View pictures of animals in the shelter on our Find A Lost Pet page.  
      We still recommend visiting the shelter immediately if you have lost your pet. 
      • 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  Photos are updated multiple times each day.   
  • License: 
    • A Harris County pet license can be purchased in person with proof of current rabies vaccination during regular lobby hours
    • To purchase a license by mail or online see our License A Pet page
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Field Services

When fully staffed, Harris County Veterinary Public Health has 16 professional animal control officers to respond to various animal related requests for service including:

To report any issue, call 281.999.3191

For complaints inside an incorporated city or outside of Harris County - List of Area Animal Control Agencies.

For Dead Animal Pickup:

In unincorporated Harris County (outside the City of Houston), call the County Operator at 713.755.5000.