Houston helps Clear the Shelters to support homeless animals
It’s the final weekend of Clear the Shelters, a nationwide effort that promotes animal adoption and raises funds to support animal welfare. Animal shelters and rescues across the country team up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find forever homes for pets in need.
PHOTOS: 28 baby egrets, blue herons released to the wild after they were found injured at protected breeding ground
Over 20 baby egrets and blue herons were released back into the wild after an investigation was launched where dozens of birds were found injured or dead at a northwest Harris County subdivision.
PHOTOS: 54 wild baby birds with broken wings, other injuries rescued from area the protected animals were using as breeding ground
An investigation has been launched after dozens of migratory birds were discovered injured or dead in an area being used as a breeding ground by the protected species. According to a news release, Texas Parks and Wildlife and The Wildlife Center of Texas rescuers found “scores of injured and/or orphaned juvenile great blue herons and great egrets.” Injuries included broken wings, mangled legs, and internal injuries suffered after their nesting area had been disrupted.
PHOTOS: Pythons, dwarf caiman, bull calf among 31 animals recovered from Hitchcock home filled with garbage
Animal Cruelty Investigators recovered 31 animals, including a dwarf caiman and two pythons, from a Hitchcock home filled with garbage, debris and animal remains, according to the Houston SPCA.
PHOTOS: Tiny kitten trapped on support beam under Highway 90 overpass rescued
Yesterday afternoon, the Houston SPCA rescue ambulance, Harris County Precinct 1 deputies and a traffic light installer worked for six hours to save a little kitten that was trapped on top of a 30-foot tall support beam under a portion of Highway 90 near S. Post Oak in Southwest Houston.
It’s back! Houston SPCA, Neiman Marcus hosts 33rd annual ‘Homes for the Holidays’ event at Galleria
The furry friends are back! Neiman Marcus and Houston SPCA teamed up once again for the 33rd annual Homes for the Holidays, presenting adoptable kittens and puppies that will be on display in the retail’s notable magical storefront windows. The event, one of Houston’s cutest, well-known holiday traditions, will take place every weekend starting now until Dec 12, and a daily schedule will go into effect from Dec. 17 until Dec. 23.
URGENT NEED: Help save Texas wildlife, donate dog and cat food
The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas has an urgent need for dog and cat food as they work to care for many late season baby and adult mammals. Each year, more than 12,000 injured or orphaned wild animals are brought to the rescue and rehabilitation facility.
Video shows owner violently striking dog more than 20 times
KATY, Texas – The Houston SPCA and Harris County Constable Precinct 1 are investigating a violent attack on a dog by his owner after it was all caught on video. VIDEO WARNING: The following video contains materials that may be harmful or traumatizing to some audiences. The video, which was released Monday morning, shows the owner repeatedly striking the dog more than 20 times. “The owner of this dog should be aware that people are watching, and [that he] better [not] treat his animal like that again. AdThe dog has been seized from the home and is now being evaluated by a veterinarian.
17 starving horses found among field of equine skeletons, carcasses in Washington County, Houston SPCA says
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Texas – Officials at the Houston SPCA said they removed 17 emaciated horses from a property in Washington County on Wednesday after discovering multiple carcasses and scores of bones, including a skull of what appeared to be a young horse. The owner’s family members reached out to the Houston SPCA for assistance after they reported that the animals were not being taken care of properly, officials said. “It is critical that owners reach out when they need lifesaving assistance with their animals, and not wait until it’s too late,” said Adam Reynolds, chief animal cruelty investigator, in a written statement. “It became abundantly clear there was suffering and neglect for a significant amount of time once we discovered all of the bones.”The horses are now receiving veterinary care and proper nutrition, and will also be rehabilitated by a Houston SPCA team.
Animal cruelty investigators responding to reports of pets left outside in cold
Darlene Chandler with Harris County Precinct 1 Animal Cruelty Unit and investigators with the Houston SPCA spent Wednesday responding to reports of animals possibly left in the cold. Investigators responded to a local auto body shop, where they found six dogs left outside including one that had died. Another call involving the Houston Humane Society resulted in a pet owner facing charges after investigators found eight dogs left outside. AdAnimal cruelty investigators want pet owners to know they could be in serious trouble for leaving their pets out in the elements. If you spot an animal left out in the cold or suspect animal cruelty, you can reach out to Harris County Precinct 1 Animal Cruelty Hotline at (832) 927-1659 or the Houston SPCA at 713-869-7722.
AWWWW: Houston Wildlife Center rescues baby Great Horned Owls
The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas rescued its first baby Great Horned Owls of the season. According to the Wildlife Center of Texas, the pair of owlets fell out of their nest at a public park located near Pearland. The Wildlife Center of Texas cautions all Texans that owls may be found on the ground as the season continues. According to the Wildlife Center of Texas, the best thing to do for baby owls found on the ground is to re-nest them, unless they appear injured or are covered in flies. More information about re-nesting can be found on the Wildlife Center of Texas’ website by clicking here.
VOTE: Houston SPCA needs your help naming its newborn goat triplets
The Houston SPCA is calling on the public to help name its new kids. The animal shelter announced the birth of triplets to one of it rescued goats on Wednesday. Now, the Houston SPCA is asking Houstonians to help pick names from some staff favorites including Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Blanche, Dorothy and Rose as well as Piper, Paige and Phoebe. Interested Houstonians can cast their votes by visiting the Houston SPCA Facebook page. Results will be announced Friday on the Houston SPCA Equine And Farm Animals Facebook page.
2 Houston organizations team up to bring new furry friends to area seniors
In partnership with BakerRipley, Houston SPCA announced Tuesday they are working together to match seniors who are interested in adopting a cat or kitten to keep them company. “We all know what pets can do for people, but the overwhelming feeling of isolation can be too much for homebound Seniors,” Jo Sullivan, interim vice president of development for Houston SPCA said in a statement. Thank you to the Houston SPCA for making this project possible! pic.twitter.com/r8kuGYj3Ic — BakerRipley (@BakerRipley) December 14, 2020Only cats and kittens are offered for adoption for seniors. Seniors who are interested in adoption can contact their nearest BakerRipley Senior Center and indicate their interest.
Need a gift idea? Houston SPCA is offering last-minute gifts for last-minute shoppers that will benefit animals
HOUSTON – The Houston SPCA has a special gift idea to those hard-to-shop loved ones with a big heart for animals. The local animal protection organization and shelter is encouraging shoppers to “give the gift of hope for animals” by helping local homeless animals in need, according to a news release. These gifts cannot be purchased anywhere else, according to the news release. The Houston SPCA encourages to purchase the gifts by Dec. 21 for timely shipping. Gifts can also be purchased to honor a local hero in your life, such as teachers, healthcare workers or law enforcement personnel.
Houston SPCA urges people to prepare pets for freezing temps
HOUSTON – The Houston SPCA said people need to prepare to bring their pets inside to a warm, dry place as temperatures drop in the Houston area. “Here’s the bottom line, if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pets, we recommend that you bring your pets in,” said Julie Kuenstle with the Houston SPCA. Also, Kuenstle said owners should feed pets more and give them plenty of water because they burn more energy trying to stay warm. There are places that you can help your pet stay warm,” said Kuenstle. For more cold-weather tips for pets, visit the ASPA’s ‘Cold Weather Safety Tips’ webpage.
The week ahead in Houston: Election Day, the Houston Open and more
Visit Harris County Clerk’s interactive map or download Harris County’s full polling location list to find a voting center near you. For the first time in 57 years, the Houston Open will return to Memorial Park Golf Course. The 2020 Vivint Houston Open will be held Thursday Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 8. The Vivint Houston Open will feature a 132-player field, 500 FedEx Cup points, and $7 million purse for the winner. All four rounds of the Vivint Houston Open will be televised on The Golf Channel, according to a release.
Houston SPCA will reopen adoption center after closing for several months due to pandemic
HOUSTON – The Houston SPCA will finally reopen its adoption center after closing for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, the Houston SPCA hosted several curbside adoptions and tele-adoptions during the pandemic and shut down. The option for tele-adoption will end Oct. 31. The adoption center will welcome potential adopters on Nov. 2 by appointment only. Houston SPCA says visitation appointments can be booked on Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 713-869-7722.
Houston woman seen kicking, beating dog in viral video arrested, police say
HOUSTON – A woman who was seen kicking and beating a stray dog in a viral dog in viral video on Oct. 9 was charged and arrested Friday, according to the Houston Police Department. Vigne claimed her son was attacked and knocked to the ground by the stray dog, police said. READ: ‘They’re threatening to kill me and my kids:’ Houston woman seen kicking dog in viral video tells her side of storyHPD Livestock and Animal Cruelty Unit investigators were made aware of the video and opened an investigation after viewing the video, police said. She was questioned by investigators where she admitted to hitting and kicking the dog because the animal attacked her child, police said. READ: Houston SPCA confirms abused dog seen in viral video has been foundAccording to the HSPCA, the dog seen in the video was found Thursday and is currently their possession.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Friday, Oct. 16
Here are things to know for Friday, Oct. 16:1. Houston police search for motorcycle riders seen in viral video appearing to taunt officersHouston police said an organized event this past weekend brought a lot of motorcycles to town. However, the roughly 2-minute video does not show riders pulling over, some are seen performing stunts in front of the officers' cruisers. Houston SPCA confirms abused dog seen in viral video has been foundThe Houston SPCA confirmed that the dog seen being beaten in a viral video on social media has been found. KPRC 2 reported earlier this week on a viral video that showed a Houston woman kicking a dog as onlookers laughed.
Houston SPCA confirms abused dog seen in viral video has been found
HOUSTON – The Houston SPCA confirmed that the dog seen being beaten in a viral video on social media has been found. According to the HSPCA, the dog has been found and is currently their possession. KPRC 2 reported earlier this week on a viral video that showed a Houston woman kicking a dog as onlookers laughed. The woman seen in the video told KPRC 2 that before the recording starts, the animal attacked her 5-year-old son three times. RELATED: ‘They’re threatening to kill me and my kids:’ Houston woman seen kicking dog in viral video tells her side of storyRepresentatives with the HSPCA said they could not comment on that but said their focus is on the animals well being.
One Good Thing: Bonded dogs reunite after getting separated during Hurricane Laura
The best buddies from Louisiana were seperated when they were rescued after Hurricane Laura. Now, they’re finally back together. Whisper, a hearing-impaired Shepard mix, was one of several dogs and cats brought to the Houston SPCA after Laura. When a team from the SPCA looked at the pooch’s paperwork, they saw she was already bonded to another dog named Sassy. Unfortunately, Sassy had been taken to a rescue in Fort Worth, so the Houston SPCA got to work to reunite the pair.
‘Feline’ like you are ready for a cat? Several Hurricane Laura rescues are ready for a home
HOUSTON – The Houston SPCA rescued nearly 100 animals from Louisiana after Hurricane Laura, nearly half of which were cats and kittens. These felines, along with other animals, were rescued from Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura devastated the area, according to the HSPCA. Click through the gallery above to see some of the cats and kittens looking for homes. For a complete list of available pets, visit the HSPCA website. More pets are added to the website daily, so check back regularly to find the pet perfect for you.
Nearly 100 pets arrive in Houston after being rescued from hurricane-ravaged Louisiana
The day started early for the Houston SPCA as crews loaded up pet crates before heading east. Just like how our friends helped us during Harvey, we’re there to help them as well,” said Julie Kuenstle, the vice president of communications for the Houston SPCA. After meeting up in Boyce, Louisiana, the animals were carefully transferred for their return trip to Texas. It’s amazing to know that we have a great partner like Houston SPCA that’s helping us to do that as well,” Destreza said. “We all have the same mission and that is to take care of the animals who need us,” Kuenstle said.
It’s a girl: Foal born at Houston SPCA after La Porte animal seizure
HOUSTON – A female baby horse, also known as a filly, was born on Memorial Day to a horse rescued from a neglect situation in La Porte last September. It’s a happy conclusion for a story that began in the public eye in September when the filly’s mother and 10 other emaciated horses were removed from a property in La Porte in the 1700 block of Sens Road after the owners failed to properly care for the animals. Lavender and her mother (Houston SPCA)Julie Kuenstle, a representative of the Houston SPCA, told KPRC 2 that the baby’s name is Lavender and that she was born at the Houston SPCA Equine Center. READ KPRC 2′s ORIGINAL REPORTING ON THE LA PORTE ANIMAL SEIZURE.
Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center nursing baby owl back to health after nasty fall
HOUSTON – The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife is trying to nurse a baby barn owl back to health. It seems that the little guy suffered two broken legs after a hard fall from a high nest. The Houston SPCA said, “the young owl is feisty and full of life and we are hopeful that our staff and veterinary team can help him pull through.”If you would like to donate to the health of the baby owl or any of the patients that being treated by the Wildlife Center of Texas, you can give online at www.wildlifecenteroftexas.org/donate.
Meet Timberdoodle, An American Woodcock
HOUSTON – The American Woodcock is a seasonal visitor to Texas and can be commonly seen in the Houston area in November and December. Timberdoodle was injured and brought to Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas. The woodcock recuperated and flew off to continue his migration path. Sponsored by Houston SPCA.