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.

  • Animals taken in:
  • Lost pet search:
    • You are welcome to visit our shelter during regular lobby hours.
    • Call us on weekdays at 281.999.3191 (when our call center is open) to provide a description of your animal and the address where your pet was located when it went missing.
    • View photos of animals in the shelter 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  Photos are updated multiple times daily. 
    We highly recommend visiting the shelter immediately if you have lost your pet. 
  • 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, refer to our License A Pet page.
  • Microchips:

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 the Harris County Animal Shelter at 281.999.3191.

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

For Dead Animal Pickup:

  • If the animal is located in the City of Houston on a curb or a maintained street, call 3-1-1 or go to the City of Houston Dead Animal Collection information page
  • If the animal is located on freeways and feeder roads, submit a request to TxDOT. For the Contact Reason, select the drop down: "Road debris/litter/dead animal" or call TXDOT directly at 713.802.5000. Select Option 1.

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