​Information for Animal Rescue Organizations

ALL RESCUE SERVICES ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  The person picking up the animal must have a scheduled appointment.  Please call 281-999-3191 to make that appointment or email rescueme@countypets.com.   

Animal rescue groups interested in rescuing animals must be pre-approved and agree to abide by the requirements outlined in the Harris County Pets Rescue Policy

To become a Harris County Pets approved rescue group, please complete and sign the documents in the links below and email a .pdf version to rescueme@countypets.com along with the following: 

  • A copy of your adoption contract
  • A copy of your adoption application
  • A letter of reference from your current treating veterinarian

Harris County Pets Rescue Policy
Harris County Pets Rescue Application 
Harris County Pets Rescue Agreement


Please note: Animals may only be rescued by approved rescue groups. We do not reserve or hold animals for pending rescue applications.


Temporary Custody Agreement (also known as Medical Rescue)

Complete and sign the Temporary Custody Agreement. Mail the original, signed form to:

Temporary Custody Agreements
Harris County Veterinary Public Health
612 Canino Rd.
Houston, TX 77076

The process for Temporary Custody Agreement (Medical Rescue) can take up to 30 days. If you have any questions about this process please call our main line at 281.999.3191 or email us at: rescueme@countypets.com.

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The shelter will be CLOSED January 1st, New Year's Day.

612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX 77076

Note: The shelter will be closed April 10 and April 12th. (Good Friday and Easter Sunday.)
Phone Hours: (281) 999-3191
Monday – Friday:      9 am – 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday:  8:30 am – 4 pm
Adoption Hours:

1 pm - 5:30 pm Monday - Friday & 11 am - 3:30 pm Saturday - Sunday

Pet Counseling Hours:
1 pm - 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday & 11 am - 2 pm Saturday
No animal intake on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Dates are subject to change based on special events/circumstances. Please call ahead to confirm.
Make an appointment to reduce wait time
Pet Clinic Hours:

12:00 - 4:30 pm Monday – Friday for scheduled appointments.   Walk-ins are accepted 1 - 4pm however,  wait times may be longer. 

Closed Saturday and Sunday