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Our mission is to make a measurable and sustainable difference in the Greater Houston pet population by offering affordable pet care services, rescuing and rehabilitating homeless companion animals, finding forever homes, and providing education about responsible pet ownership.  Special Pals is a no-kill, nonprofit animal shelter that relies on your donations to continue making an impact.

Special Pals has been operating in the Houston area for over 20 years. The shelter's original location was on Bellaire Blvd. In the mid-90's, the shelter moved out to it's current location on Greenhouse Road near Katy.

The shelter facility sits on over 3 1/2 beautifully wooded acres and provides shelter to approximately 70 dogs and cats.

The staff maintains the facilities and cares for the animals 7 days a week. Our wonderful volunteers work daily either "hands on" with the animals or away from the shelter at at fund-raising events or related projects.

In order to maximize efficiency in daily operations and to better serve our shelter animals and the community, Special Pals will be open for companion animal adoptions during the following hours, beginning on April 1st, 2016:
Mondays: closed to the public
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 12 pm-4 pm
Wednesdays/Fridays: 2 pm-6 pm (spay/neuter still available by appointment; see Event Calendar)
Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm
Sundays: 12 pm-4 pm

If you are interested in adopting a pet, please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing to allow time for the adoption process which includes an application and an interview.

If you need information regarding an injured animal or placing a stray or abandoned animal, please check our of list of Partner Organizations.

We urge you to visit, spend time with our great animals and maybe take one home! We also hope that you will take advantage of our unique volunteer opportunities. See the "volunteer" section on our website.

Physical Address:
3830 Greenhouse Road
Houston, TX 77084

Mailing Address:
Special Pals Shelter
P.O. Box 841605
Houston, TX 77284

281-579-PETS (7387)

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