SAVING LIVES THROUGH TRANSPARENCY
Harris County is the third most populous county in the nation with an estimated population of 4.4 million. Harris County Animal Shelter serves the residents and pets of unincorporated Harris County and as the municipal shelter; we are required to accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions and circumstances. On average, we receive from the community 40-60 animals per day and average over 18,000 - 22,000 per year.
Since 2012, we have steadily increased our leave alive outcome. For all of 2019, Harris County Animal Shelter had a 94+% live release rate. This means from the 18,025 animals we took in for 2019, we found a positive outcome (adoption, rescue, return to owner, etc.) for more than 94% of them. Thus far in 2020, our live release rate has been 98%. By sharing our animal statistics, we are able to visually demonstrate the impact our lifesaving programs and services have on the animals in our care and their leave alive outcomes.