These Harris County animals will be euthanize if not adopted, fostered


Meet Esperanza (Animal ID: A534365) a 4-month-old, Pointer-mix little girl at the Harris County Animal Shelter.  It’s a fitting name since it means “hope” in Spanish. Esperanza has a deformed front paw, which doesn’t really slow her down. She’s very timid, though, and needs a little extra time to get to know potential adopters.

Esperanza is hoping to find a forever home. She, and many of the other 15 dogs photographed on Tuesday, were scheduled to be euthanized the same evening. Because of the photo shoot, we are able to get these dogs a few extra days to find their forever homes.

The Harris County Animal Shelter is trying to stay ahead of the summer-time tidal wave of owner surrenders.

Just two weeks ago, the shelter was inundated after some 200 animals were taken in within 48 hours. The public responded to the capacity crisis, with adopters, fosters and rescue groups lining up to save more than 450 animals.

Owner surrenders continue to be a percentage of animals brought into the shelter. Many owners surrender their animals due to moving. Many of these animals are in good health.

Harris County Animal Shelter evaluate each of these animals, then will try to get that animal rehomed. But, there is no required hold period for owner-surrendered animals.

To adopt, visit Harris County Animal Shelter weekdays from 1pm-5:30pm or weekends from 11am-3:30pm. Adoptions are first come, first serve and are required to take place in person at the shelter. Harris County Animal Shelter is located at 612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX.

Harris County residents interested in temporarily fostering a shelter animal for two-three weeks are encouraged to email foster@phs.hctx.net.

Please help save these animals.


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