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Our Featured Houston, TX Partner:

Special Pals, Inc.

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Houston, Tx and surrounding areas.

About Our Shelter:

Our mission is to make the world a better place for healthy cats and dogs by providing temporary shelter and health care, an alternative to euthanasia, adoptive homes, and education to the community about the responsibilities of pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering.

Special Pals is a local, private, nonprofit organization. We rely completely on donations, not funds from government contracts or from national animal welfare groups with big advertising budgets and even bigger salaries. We are a limited intake facility, never taking on more than we know we can handle, ensuring all animals in our care receive the attention and space they need to be happy, healthy, and find homes.

Come Meet our Pets:

Shelter Hours:

We are open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Clinic Hours:

Special Pals offers low cost shot clinic by appointment on Friday's, the hours are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information please email us at or call 281-579-7387 to find out when our next clinic day is.

Surgery Hours:

Drop-off 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Pick-up 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (or when called)

Special Pals is located at 3830 Greenhouse Road, Houston, Texas 77084 for more information please call us at 281-579-PETS (7387). Visit us at the shelter by taking I-10 West to Greenhouse Road (exit) turn right on Greenhouse Road and Special Pals will be a few miles down on your right-hand side, just before Clay Road. Our pals would love to meet you!

Our Adoption Process:

Special Pals adoption process is to fill out an application on a specific dog or cat that you liked. We require the adopter's personal information, the name/age of houshold members, previous and current pets information, and rent/own information. This is a 1 - 3days process. A Special Pals representative will call and verify all the information and then the adopter will be notify by phone if he/she has been approved.
Adoption fees range between $40-$225.
Our adoption package is valued at $280.00 or more depending on the emergency medical expenses and heartworm treatments it includes the following:

General Exam –eyes, ears, nose, throat, skin, body condition, and temperament.

Spay/Neuter Surgery – all animals are altered BEFORE leaving the shelter. Isoflourane gas, injectible anesthesia, separate sterile packs, dissolvable sutures, and antibiotic injections are given used on each animal. During preparation, surgery, and recovery, pets are constantly observed with heart/pulse monitors. Warm towels, cuddly critters warming disk and heating pads are used to keep the body temperature regulated.

Tattoo – all shelter animals altered by SPECIAL PALS receive a tattoo signifying the animal has been sterilized, hereby preventing unnecessary future surgery. Tattooed animals are generally held longer at shelters and animal controls and are more often put up for adoption.

Food and Housing – many of our furry friends have been cared for at SPECIAL PALS for many months some even years.

Vaccinations / Tests – Dogs and Puppies: Canine distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine and rabies vaccination. All cats and kittens are vaccinated against – Rhinotracheitis, Callici, Panleukapenia, Chlamydia, Psittaci, and all felines are tested for feline leukemia and all canines are tested for heartworms.

Deworming – all dogs are dewormed with Strongid T, and/or drontal, all cats are dewormed with Strongid T and/or cat drontal.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.