Each year, thousands of adoptable dogs and cats are needlessly euthanized in the Greater Houston area each year simply because of pet overpopulation. After working with various rescue groups for many years, the founders of Rescued Pets Movement realized that the best way to save these dogs and cats is to build solid relationships with reputable rescue groups here and in areas of the United States and Canada where there is a need for adoptable pets and transport the animals to these organizations using our own vans and drivers.
The dogs and cats we save from BARC (Houston’s City Pound) and other area shelters are fully examined and treated by our partner veterinarians. They are then placed temporarily in foster homes with our volunteers until they are ready for transport to their new homes.
Since starting operations in late 2013, Rescued Pets Movement has saved the lives of over 30,000 homeless companion animals by rescuing them from area shelters and transporting them to permanent homes. And the number of rescued pets growing every week!
Surrenders, Strays, and Resources
Thank you for your interest in Rescued Pets Movement. RPM is a transport program that rescues animals from Houston area shelters, primarily BARC (the city pound), with a focus on animals that are in danger of euthanasia. We are contracted through these shelters to rescue, rehabilitate and transport dogs and cats to animal welfare agencies and no-kill shelters located in other parts of the United States.
- RPM is only able to accept homeless animals into our program AFTER our transport partners have accepted them into their program and approved them for transport.
- RPM is not an adoption program. None of the animals you see on our website or emails are available for adoption.
*At this time, RPM is not able to accept strays, owner surrenders or other animals from the public, however, if you turn an animal into a local area shelter, you can send us the ID number and the name of the shelter to email@example.com. If the shelter is a current partner of RPM, RPM will check with the shelter to see if the animal meets the criteria to be a transport candidate with RPM. Note: Sending the ID number to us does not guarantee the safety of the animal or that it will be placed with one of our transport partners. If you have any additional pictures, videos, behavior, temperament or health information on the animal, feel free to send to it.
Are you a resident of the City of Houston and need to surrender a found or owned animal?
- CLICK HERE to make an appointment with BARC. Appointments are made 14 days out, but you can check back daily as new appointments open up each day if there is a cancelation or no-show. Please note: the current appointment system is in pace due to COVID and may change. Please check BARC’s website with updates to their system.
- BARC will always accept injured, dangerous or underage animals without an appointment from City residents. If you find yourself in a situation with an animal needing immediate medical care, please go to BARC immediately. The address for emergency drop off and intakes is 2700 Evella Street, Houston, Texas 77026.
- The BARC shelter is located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston TX 77026 off the East Tex Freeway (59) and the Collingsworth / Cavalcade / Kelly exit.
- Please ask BARC about their Deferred Intake and Foster Program! (see below)
- Please call BARC at 713.229.7300 if you have any questions or need more information. Do NOT call 311.
- Please check this map to confirm you live in the Houston City Limits
Are you a resident of Harris County (outside of Houston City Limits) and need to surrender a found or owned animal?
- CLICK HERE to make an appointment with Harris County Pets.
- Harris County Pets will always accept injured, dangerous or underage animals without an appointment from Harris County residents. If you find yourself in a situation with an animal needing immediate medical care, please go to Harris County Pets immediately.
- Harris County Pets is located at 612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX 77076.
- Please ask about their Deferred Intake and Foster Program! (see below)
- Please call Harris County Pets at (281) 999-3191 if you have any questions or need more information.
BARC and Harris County Pets Deferred Intake and Foster Programs.
Both BARC and Harris County Pets have wonderful foster programs. By fostering an animal, rescue groups and potential adopters across Houston can see and network your foster dog or cat while it stays in the safety of your home. Fostering also allows critical space open at area shelters. If you can foster through BARC or Harris County Pets, please send their ID number to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to determine if your foster dog or cat is a candidate for our transport program.
Here is a list of private shelters in the Houston Area that might also be able to help you with a found stray or owner surrendered pet. Each of these organizations also have low cost veterinary care and spay/neuter resources.
For a list of Rescues and Animal Shelters in your area, please visit the below links:
Need to report Animal Cruelty in Houston?
Please call 832.927.PAWS or go to Harris County Animal Cruelty TaskForce
For more information about emergency vet care, free vetting, how to keep my pet, pet friendly housing, tips for rehoming your pet, moving with your pet, “trap neuter release” (TNR) and community cats and bottle kittens, please visit:
If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help with Emergency Vet Services or emergency boarding, please visit
If you need help feeding your dog or cat, please visit:
For more information on free medical programs, behavior assistance and other support for owned animals please visit:
Friends for Life Resources
Contact them via phone at 713-863-9835
Email at email@example.com
Confused about terms like “fostering” and “intake” used above? Check out:
Glossary as Coastal Pet Rescue
Animal Shelter Terms at Puppy Leaks