Pet Education Programs

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Pet Education Programs

Harris County Pets, division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), provides free education and outreach services to the residents of unincorporated Harris County.

If you are interested in scheduling one of our education programs, please call the Harris County Pets Resource Center at 281.999.3191 and ask for the Education and Outreach Manager.    

For more information on pet care and safety, refer to our Pet Resources page.

Educational Programs

Programs offered are listed below. 

Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the availability and/or capacity of these programs may differ. Please contact the Harris County Pets Resource Center for more information.

Corporate Safety

This free 45-minute presentation is especially important to people within professions involving a high risk of injury from domestic animals such as meter readers, cable installers, or postal carriers. Formatted to fit within a standard corporate safety meeting, we use interactive discussion and visual aids to clarify safe behaviors when dealing with animals in the field.  

Click here to request more information about Corporate Safety presentations.

Elementary Education

Free animal safety and bite prevention presentations are offered for kids in grades K-5 which consists of a lecture, audio/visual and interactive segments. The objective is for students to:

  • Identify the five high-risk, wild animal carriers of rabies
  • Know the common method of rabies transmission
  • Demonstrate safety behaviors used  to defend against an animal attack   

Click here to request more information about Animal Safety and Bite Prevention presentations.

Law Enforcement Education

If you are a member of the law enforcement community within Harris County, on-site educational programs are offered specifically with you in mind. For information on available law enforcement programs, click on the email below. 

Click here to request more information about Law Enforcement presentations.

For additional resources, refer to our Law Enforcement Resources page.

Harris County Pets Resource Center Tours

Tours of the Harris County Pets Resource Center are available by appointment only. You get to interact with the dogs and cats within our facility. They can be scheduled seven days a week and may include up to 30 people. Information includes:

  • Animal safety
  • Pet care
  • Adopting a furry friend
  • Volunteering

Click here to request more information about touring Harris County Pets.

For additional information on pet topics, please visit our Pet Resources page.

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find us at:

harris county pets
612 canino road
houston, tx 77076
phone: 281.999.3191
fax: 281.847.1911

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operating hours

adoption hours*:

monday - friday | 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
saturday | 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
*please note adoption hours end earlier than lobby hours.

lobby shelter hours:
monday - friday | 1:00 pm - 5:50 pm
saturday | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

pet wellness clinic hours:
monday - friday | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
closed saturday and sunday

animal surrender hours:
monday, tuesday, thursday* | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
saturday | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
*no animal surrenders on sunday, wednesday, or friday

call center hours (phone):
monday - friday | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm* , 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
saturday and sunday | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
*call center is closed from 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch.

dates and times are subject to change. please call ahead or visit the harris county pets website to confirm hours - especially for animal surrenders.