Volunteer & Foster

At Harris County Animal Shelter, volunteers and fosters mean everything to us!  Our greatest asset is our volunteers and fosters - the time, energy, dedication, and expertise that they bring to our programs is unmatched. The more people willing to help, the more animals we can save!

Whether you are looking to volunteer your time or foster deserving dog or cat, Harris County Animal Shelter wants you to join our team!

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Volunteers are one of our most important resources at the Harris County Animal Shelter.

With 20,000 animals being brought in yearly, the work volunteers do increases the amount of pets we adopt every day.

You can make a difference in a shelter pet’s life by showing them some T.L.C., teaching them how to “sit”, or making sure they find their fur-ever home!

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An animal in a foster home is FIVE TIMES more likely to be adopted than an animal straight out of the shelter. As a foster home, you can provide a safe environment for an animal to learn to become a pet! We are ALWAYS in search of great foster homes willing to take in animals in need of a warm bed and a good meal.

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

612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX 77076
1 pm - 5:50 pm Monday - Friday & 11 am - 4 pm Saturday - Sunday
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, closed 12 pm – 1 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 am – 4 pm
Adoption Hours:
1 pm - 5:30 pm Monday - Friday & 11 am - 3:30 pm Saturday - Sunday
Animal Surrender Hours:
1 pm - 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday & 11 am - 2 pm Saturday
No animal surrenders 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 Wellness Clinic Hours:
8 am - 5 pm Monday – Friday(last walk-in at 4:30pm)
9 am - 4 pm Saturday (last walk-in at 3:30pm)
Closed Sunday