Volunteers & Fosters Needed!

There are many ways to help the Harris County Animal Shelter.  Two VERY important ways are volunteering and fostering!  At Harris County Animal Shelter, volunteers and fosters mean everything to them!  The more people willing to help, the more CountyPets the shelter can save! 

Whether you are looking to volunteer your time, or to open your home to a deserving dog or cat, Harris County Animal Shelter wants you to join their team! 

Volunteering:  Volunteers are one of the most important resources at the Harris County Animal Shelter.  YOU can make a difference in a shelter pet’s life by showing them some T.L.C., teaching them how to “sit”, or making sure they find their fur-ever home!


Fostering:  An animal in a foster home is FIVE TIMES more likely to be adopted than an animal straight out of the shelter. As a foster home, YOU can provide a safe environment for an animal to learn to become a pet! The shelter is ALWAYS in search of great foster homes willing to take in animals in need of a warm bed and a good meal.



Shelter Wish List

Amazon Wish List



The shelter is always in urgent need of newspaper!  

 Cat supplies 

  • Cat beds (small & washable)
  • Cat food (canned & dry)
  • Cat toys (new only)
  • Cat treats
  • Kitten food (canned or dry)

 Dog supplies 

  • Blankets (small fleece blankets are preferred)
  • Dog food (canned)
  • Dog toys (new only)
  • Dog treats
  • Pet training pads or "pee" pads
  • Puppy food (canned & dry)

Cleaning supplies 

  • Bath mats (new or used all sizes) 
  • Bath towels (new or used all sizes)
  • Bleach
  • Electric heating pads
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent (especially high efficiency) 
  • Laundry detergent with color-safe bleach (especially high efficiency) 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Pet grooming supplies
  • Washcloths (new or used all sizes)
  • Wet wipes