Animal shelter overwhelmed by surrenders during holiday weekend

Texas animal shelter overcapacity after 200 pets surrendered during holiday weekend

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A Texas animal shelter is scrambling to make adoptions happen after a deluge of pets were surrendered over the holiday weekend. A staggering number of cats and dogs were brought to the Harris County Animal Shelter over the three-day weekend and it has overwhelmed the facility.

The animal shelter is designed to hold 150 pets, but there are 375 unwanted cats and dogs inside of the building right now reports the Huffington Post. On Tuesday, the volunteer-run Facebook page for the shelter reached out to the public for help:

Over the weekend, the shelter had the highest intake of animals so far this year. They received almost 200 animals in just 3 days! Right now they have 375 animals available for adoption or foster. We need your HELP! If you have been thinking of adopting or fostering now is the time to take action.

What you can do to help this situation

If you live near this animal shelter and are considering adoption, please visit the facility to see if there is a pet who may fit in at your household. If you have ever considered fostering a pet, please reach out to the animal shelter to let them know. If you live out of the area, you can still lend at hand by sharing this information with others who may live nearby.

Shelter Location and contact details

612 Canino Rd. Houston, Texas

View animals online at Open weekdays from 1:00 p.m-5:50 p.m.

To foster, email

Facebook link here.

Video showing the overwhelming situation

Over the weekend, we had our highest intake of animals so far this year. We received almost 200 animals in just 3 days! Right now we have 375 animals available for adoption or foster. We need your HELP! If you have been thinking of adopting or fostering now is the time to take action.To adopt, visit 612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX. View animals online at We are open weekdays from 1pm-5:30pm.To foster, email rescue/transport, email appreciate every single SHARE of this video. It truly helps us to help these animals find homes.Harris County Animal Shelter Pets In NeedUrgent Shelter Pets HoustonFriends of CountyPetsHarris County Public Health

Posted by Harris County Animal Shelter on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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13 replies
  1. Christine Brown says:

    This really pisses me off why take on a dog or a cat then discard it because of a 3 day weekend FFS. As taking on a dog cat means life until they die

  2. Bunny Peters says:

    OMG: WTF is wrong with people???

    You have a pet for life, not until it’s “inconvenient’……

    I want to take all the chihuahuas and foster them…… will they be willing to transfer them to Northern California???

  3. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Okay Texans step up and show the world you are some loving and caring people. These furbabies need your help now. Please help help them out of there before they start murdering them. I know you have it in your heart to save them. Just do it. They will bring you great happiness and love the rest of their life. Please!!!!!

  4. pennysdachshunds says:

    HOLLY SHIT!!!! I was almost Sick to my Stomach when I watched the video of all these dogs that a bunch OF WORTHLESS HUMAN WASTE DEFICATED AND left these beautiful Chihuahua’s , and every other breed to be killed within a day or two… Where the HELL is ‘THE HUMANE SOCIETY USA OR EVEN INTERNATIONAL ” since Texass !!! is country of moronic, ruthless , nonvested beings all it’s own… THE humane society should intervene and ASSIST HARRIS COUNTY out … The fine people in the USA donate MILLION’s of DOLLARS for ANIMAL rescue IT SHOULD BE DONE RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!!

    • Sheri says:

      I agree with all you stated except for TEXAS SHELTER. I live in North Texas and I network to shelter babies all states,, on final call for KILL LIST???? SAN ANTONIO ANIMAL CONTROL HAS A LIST DAILY & TRY OUR BEST TO SAVE ,, THIS KILLING SHELTER KILLS 30 + ADOPTABLE FURBABIES DAILY???????? Same for CORPUS CHRISTI IS TOP OF KILL SHELTER LIST. Harris tries to rehome FURBABIES????

  5. pennysdachshunds says:

    Have the illegals all gone back across the boarder and SIMPLY DUMPED their little pets the DAY the left???? I hope SOMEONE at that Shelter will NOTIFY RESCUES across the COUNTRY ( I KNOW DENVER DRIVES ACROSS STATES to GET SHELTER DOGS and TRANSPORT THEM BACK TO DENVER ) HAVE some compassion CALL DENVER RESCUES and ASK FOR HELP ASAP.. CANADA also adopts for the USA …. DON”T just let these dogs languish in your shelter a few days and kill them….

  6. Jan Barnes says:

    Pleaesg please everyone spread the word and help this shelter through adoptions and donations! Save these precious animals!

  7. JustMe says:

    People really suck!!!!!!!!!! Really?????. Is this your only solution????? Do not ever get another animal if this is what you do. Dump them at a shelter!!!!!!! that’s the most irresponsible disgusting thing an owner could do!!!!!!

  8. Gizmos Mommy says:

    Fuck maggots who do this. Organisms that dump pets DON’T qualify as human beings because they know nothing about being human. This is one of the reasons I become more misanthropic with each passing day.

  9. Jan Barnes says:

    Let’s help spread the word that this shelter (and all shelters) desperately need our help and support!


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