Bottle baby kittens are already starting to arrive at HPA!, and we will see a heavy influx of neonatals needing our help to survive very soon. We are in dire need of supplies, fosters, and funds to help us make it through kitten season and save over 700 kittens and cats this spring. How to help: Donate Supplies – […]
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Help! Seuss Needs Shoulder Surgery!
Seuss is a cute 2 year-old hound mix, and he has OCD. No, not the kind you’re thinking, but Osteochondritis Dissecans, a painful congenital cartilage disorder and inflammatory condition that occurs when diseased cartilage separates from the underlying bone. Seuss also has some muscle atrophy where his OCD is in his right shoulder. The good news? […]
The Wonders of Fostering Bottle Babies, by a Foster
“I answered a post asking for bottle baby kitten fosters. A few hours later I was on my way to BARC to pick up a litter of 2-day old kittens! Bottle feeding around the clock was hard at first, but as they grew stronger and I grew more confident I fell in love with not […]
Vote for HPA! at OKRA Charity Saloon ALL of February!
Help HPA! win a LOT of money to help save more lives! For the entire month of February, HPA! is one of four charities competing for votes at OKRA Charity Saloon. If we win, we’ll receive OKRA’s proceeds in March! We need YOUR help to win! Come down to OKRA and VOTE for HPA! Invite […]
Special Prescription Food Needed for Kitty Cats
In order to keep the cats in our care as healthy as possible, some of them require special prescription cat foods that help them maintain proper nutrition. Specifically, HPA! is running low and in need of the following prescription foods: Purina EN Royal Canin GI Low Fat Royal Canin GI High Energy Hills I/D The […]
Bradley Cooper Sends His Kisses
Bradley Cooper sends his kisses to you! So many of you donated to help his toe, and a little extra was raised for the next pet in need of medical care! THANK YOU! Stay tuned for updates as he progresses. Remember: Bradley Cooper is still looking for his forever home! If you can’t resist […]
Bradley Cooper’s toe needs your dough!
Bradley Cooper came in with a severely injured toe likely due to a very bad infection, though it could possibly be cancerous. HPA!’s medical team has already taken X-rays but needs to run blood work and send tissue samples out for testing to cover all of the bases. At this point, surgery is potential for later […]
Chloe: Did This Neonatal Make It?
“I remember it was a late night pickup on a Wednesday. I was notified there’s a singleton 3-week-old kitten in need, and I agreed to take her. Chloe was skinny, quiet, missing a couple patches of hair, covered with fleas, and most alarmingly NOT swallowing any KMR I offered her. I had to force feed […]
Nearly 3,000 lives saved in 2018!
Because of you, in 2018 Houston Pets Alive! saved nearly 3,000 lives from euthanasia. 2,932 to be exact! That’s more than the combined number of lives HPA! has saved since inception in 2015, making the total number of HPA! lives saved an incredible 5,527. Cheers to you! You gave the gift of life to neonatal kittens […]
Special person needed for special pup!
Flan is a 5 year-old Chihuahua who has been through a lot. When we saved him from euthanasia, he had a broken pelvis and a dangling foot. He was resilient and didn’t show signs of much pain. After some time, his pelvis healed as much as it could, but it would never return to normal, […]
Seamus the Parvo pup tested negative for Parvo!
Good news! Seamus the Parvo pup has tested negative for Parvo! Thank you to everyone who donated towards his treatment, and to our amazing foster who cared for him around the clock. Because of you, Seamus was saved!
Poor Seamus was stranded outside and now has Parvo, a potentially deadly disease
Seamus’ previous owners had kept him outside, never provided any veterinary care, and waited until Seamus could no longer even stand before finally surrendering him to BARC. Seamus ended up on the euthanasia list, and we pulled him right off it to save his life. His life, however, was–and is–still in jeopardy. Seamus is sick […]
Help Binky See Again!
Can you imagine losing your eyesight?! Binky, HPA!’s dear chihuahua mix, has cherry eye, bilateral corneal ulcers, decreased tear production, and probable infections. Our on-staff veterinarian has treated Binky as much as she can thus far, with surgery being the likely next step. However, before HPA! treats Binky with surgery, we need an ophthalmologist to […]
Rue, Longest Stay Pup, Was Adopted!
Rue, our longest stay resident adoption center pup, was adopted by a wonderful family. We were SO excited that we literally did a happy dance! Rue is very special to HPA! She has been with us for a year and was waiting for a special family who understands all of her needs. With time and […]
Arnie: An Adoption Success Story
by Jason W., adopter “Arnie has come from living on the streets to a house full of toys, blankets, and treats! Prior to arriving at the municipal shelter, he was hit by a car and suffered a fractured pelvis. The accident left him incontinent and with a bit of a limp in his hind leg, […]
Dolly Lives in Our Memories and in Our Hearts
It is with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes that HPA! shares that our dearest Dolly transitioned over the rainbow. Her biopsy revealed a large cancerous nasal tumor, and it was disheartening to see her rapid decline over just a few days. In her final hours she was surrounded by love with her foster family […]
Why You Should Adopt a Senior During National Adopt a Senior Pet Month
When people think about adopting a pet, usually a cute, big-eyed puppy or kitten comes to mind–but what about the older dogs and cats who also need loving homes? This November, for National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Houston Pets Alive! urges you to remember the seniors! Why adopt a senior pet? Senior pets have […]
Dolly’s CT Scan Results
Thanks to your generous donations, a CT scan was recently performed on Dolly to help determine the cause of her constant nose bleeding and various other symptoms. While her nose bleeding seems to have somewhat subsided, the CT scan identified a large mass in her sinus. A great sample was biopsied and sent to the […]
Long-Stay Dogs Need Transport to Find Furever Homes
HPA! has a HUGE group of long-stay dogs ready to find their furever homes, and they need YOUR help to get there! HPA! fan favorites like Roxy, Too Loop, Wilson, Springer, Maureen, and Inspector Gadget, have been accepted to NOAH in Washington and Jack, Rose, Flash, Sugar Baby, and Shyla to Furry Friends in Iowa. Our […]
AmazonSmile to Donate 10x the Rate THIS WEEK!
Now through November 2nd, AmazonSmile will donate 5% (10 times the regular donation rate!) of the purchase price of all eligible AmazonSmile products. Make sure Houston Pets Alive! is selected as your charity of choice and that you are shopping on smile.amazon.com. Get a head start on your holiday shopping today and support HPA! at […]
Dolly Waits Patiently for CT Scan
Dolly continues to have a constant nose bleed, the official cause of which is still unconfirmed. Her pathology came back inconclusive, so a CT Scan this week or next will be the determining factor in figuring out if she has a cancerous tumor. While she is under, a deeper sample may be obtained for another […]
CT Scan Needed to Diagnose Dolly’s Medical Mystery
Dolly was saved from euthanasia and placed in a wonderful foster home only to be brought to HPA! for open-mouthed breathing and bleeding from her left nostril. Her nose was swabbed to to test for a fungal infection, and histamines, bacteria, and possible round cells were identified. The sample was sent to the lab for […]
Ten Reasons To Adopt Two Cats
We don’t have to tell you that adding a cat to your family is an incredibly rewarding experience, but have you ever though about doubling the fun? Two kitties are better than one and we have 10 reasons why: 10. Cats help lower risk of severe health problems. 9. One cat can become lonely and […]
Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips
America’s favorite and loudest holiday is right around the corner. You’ve bought the fireworks, food, and patriotic outfits, but you’re not done with your holiday prep. Fireworks may be awe-inspiring to you, but they’re frightening to your pet, so be sure to take these extra precautions. More pets run away from home during this holiday than […]
The Vet Is In The House (Well, Shelter)
We are excited to announce that we now have a full time veterinarian in the shelter. Meet Dr. Hanna! Dr. Hanna has previously worked in both shelters and private practice and says she’s excited to be at HPA, “because of the great work this organization does for both animals and the community at large. It’s a great […]
Houston comes together to save ill pup
A dog that had barely reached her first birthday was fighting for her life, again. We had already saved her from imminent euthanasia at a local municipal animal shelter, but now we needed to save her from illness. After we noticed Daisy having trouble breathing and eating, we rushed her to the animal hospital. Veterinarians […]
Puppy Bowl finds forever homes for dozens
The New England Paw-triots defeated the Pup-delphia Eagles in the Houston Puppy Bowl I. The Paw-triots dragged more toys to their side of the field. Houston Pets Alive! hosted the adoption event at Dogwood Houston. Brady, the quarterbark for New England, and Gronk, their tail end, were an unstoppable team. The puppies wore adorable uniforms […]
Volunteer Spotlight: All Risks Houston
In conjunction with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Week of Giving, All Risks Houston headed out to volunteer with Houston Pets Alive! on Friday, October 20, 2017. All Risks is the largest independent wholesale insurance broker in the country, and they are dedicated to giving back to communities through their employees. Paige Addison, Brokerage Underwriter […]
Kat Saves Kittens And Adopts Their Mama
Festering in her house while the streets flooded during and post Hurricane Harvey, Kathleen “Kat” McFadden began researching agencies she could work with that would be most impactful to the community. When she finally managed to get out of her driveway, Kat headed over to Houston Pets Alive! (HPA!) because it was closest agency and […]
New Foster Mom Takes On Bottle-Fed Babies
Berri Moffett had never formally fostered before, but she loves helping animals and knew fostering was a vital step in getting animals into their forever homes. So Berri decided to join the Houston Pets Alive! (HPA!) family. Talk to any foster parent, and they’ll tell you it is the most challenging and rewarding thing they […]
Macy and Her Puppies Have Sweet Foster Mom To Thank
Anita Shah, an animal and outdoors lover, rescued a puppy in December, and decided she wanted to give back to organizations that made that possible. Anita started volunteering for Houston Pets Alive! (HPA!) in June 2017. She liked how HPA! Was a smaller organization where her help could definitely be utilized. She decided to start […]
New Foster Mom Dives Right In
Since joining the Houston Pets Alive! foster network in June, Phuong Trinh has dedicated her spare time to fostering kittens. Originally from Vietnam, Phuong Trinh moved to Texas to attend Texas A&M University. After graduation, Phuong spent two years in South America before moving back to Houston with her fiancé in April. It only took […]
This Volunteer Dropped Everything To Help Texas
When Michelle Gregory saw the devastation that followed Hurricane Harvey’s landfall – especially all of the displaced animals – she found a way to jump on a plane from California and travel here to help. Having worked in animal sheltering for the SPCA for five years, and then most recently at a private veterinary practice […]
Street Dog Hit by Car Recovering Thanks to Amazing Foster
When Harvey hit and unprecedented flooding consumed the greater Houston area, we felt helpless. We have always wanted to foster, but decided putting it off until after we were married was our best bet. But when the storm hit, we decided fostering was a tangible way to help – and we could no longer wait […]
Griffey the Miracle Dog
I promised myself that I wouldn’t take in another foster dog until after my sister’s September wedding. My previous foster dog, Kate Spade, was adopted in 13 days and I was still following the foster high that many of us feel when our babies are adopted to good homes. Last week Jess sent me a […]
An Unexpected Friend
Houston Pets Alive volunteer Caitie had to be rescued from her home in Meyerland, but not before she made an unexpected friend.
A Guardian Angel
Jeff thought he was prepared for Hurricane Harvey. He did everything that was suggested to do and was ready to wait out the storm in his home in Texas City. Unfortunately as the rain came down, his precious 14-year old dog Dallas passed away from natural causes in his flooded-in home. Jeff was inconsolable at […]