Special Pals is open for adoptions Wednesday-Sunday. We invite you to walk through the kennels and the catio to see our dogs and cats who are looking for their forever homes. Our staff will help you meet your new best friend and get to know them, plus learn their history. Keep reading below for a full outline of our adoption process.

If you can't make it to the shelter, you can view a few of our adoptable dogs and cats on Petfinder!

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About Adopting from Special Pals

Our policies and more information

All potential adopters will complete an application with us, including references and information about your history with sharing your home with companion animals.

  • You must be 18 years old
  • If you rent, bring proof of landlord approval
  • If you have other companion animals in your home, bring proof that they are current on vaccinations, and show that dogs are on heart worm prevention

All adoption applications are reviewed, and final approval will be given only by Special Pals staff.

We review applications with the best interest of our adopables' long-term care in mind - adding a companion animal to your home is a life-long commitment!

Please visit the shelter to complete the Pet Adoption Application.

Come meet our adoptables during regular business hours.

Monday/Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - 12p-4p
Thursday - 12p-4p
Friday - 12p-4p
Saturday - 12p-4p
Sunday - 12p-4p

The shelter closes on all major holidays.

Special Pals dogs and cats going to their forever homes will be up to date on vaccines, tested for heartworms or FIV/FeLv, spayed or neutered, dewormed, and microchipped.

You will take home a copy of their vaccine record, medical notes, and any known medical history.

Adoption fees range from $20-$350. The fee varies based on a number of factors, including medical concerns, age, breed, length of stay, and the current shelter population.

Select animals may have an adoption fee outside of this range, at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Throughout the year we host events where adoption fees are underwritten by partner organizations. Follow us on Facebook to learn about these events.

When you adopt, you are saving more than one life! Revenue from adoptions and all other Special Pals services is used to support the homeless animals in our shelter and to continue our mission of saving animal lives in Houston.

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Adoption Events

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