Our mission:

HPA!’s mission is to save dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia and find them loving homes, while preventing unwanted animals.

Our vision:

HPA!’s vision is a world where every dog and cat has a forever home.

Where is the need?

There are 1.2 million stray animals and two open-intake shelters in Houston. We work with BARC and Harris County Animal Shelters, as well as other smaller municipal shelters and pounds, to increase live outcomes.

What do we do?

We’re not your average rescue. We act as a safety net for our municipal shelters, to save the animals who have no other options. Every day we receive a list of animals who are at risk of euthanasia. We save as many animals as we can, so long as we have the foster manpower for it. We know that saving lives is a community effort, and we’re committed to saving the lives that others won’t. We are committed to developing programs alongside our local shelters, and together, we will work to save even more lives.

Who is Houston Pets Alive?

Houston Pets Alive! is a 501(c)3 organization (EIN 46-5455638) founded by Andrea Birkelbach in 2014. We are comprised of animal loving volunteers and staff who never stop working to save the next life.

Board Members

Melissa Frazier, Board Chair
Laura Goldner, Board Member
Kimberly Morris, Board Member
Dennice Wilson, Board Member

Robert Hefner, Advisory Board Member
Julia Morales Clark, Advisory Board Member
Betsy Riley, Advisory Board Member

Key Leadership

Noelle Delgado, Interim Executive Director


2020 – 990 / Annual Report
2019 990 / Annual Report