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Double your donation for kittens in urgent need!
Kitten season is upon us and we need your help to keep up! HPA! needs your help urgently. We recently have taken in over 80 adorable kittens who are in desperate need of care, attention, immediate medical support, and a loving forever home. These kittens were found abandoned, stray, or surrendered. They are too young […]
Eight Puppies Exploited and Abandoned, Will You Stand Up For Them?
Your help is needed to help stop animal cruelty. Last week, a concerned citizen made an emergency call out to us. She had found a box of 8 three week old puppies abandoned in a warehouse. We responded immediately to this urgent situation. These little souls were in dire shape: covered in fleas, feces and […]
HPA! Emergency Evacuation
Just over an hour ago we were alerted to a dangerous electrical system issue affecting our facility. As the dedicated staff of Houston Pets Alive! stay in spite of the danger in order to safely and quickly evacuate all animals from the building and potential danger, we need your thoughts, prayers, and support. Some of […]
Jesus Needs A Miracle This Easter Weekend
Today we picked up Jesus from one of our partner municipal shelters after seeing the terrible hand that life had dealt him so far. Covered in a severe case of demodectic mange, he has alarming hair loss, open wounds and scabbing from scratching himself so hard he bleeds, and is overall in extreme pain and discomfort; he needed a miracle.
Help this burned pup on the road to recovery
Yesterday we met Sunny, a young Shepard mix who had a painful start to life. Picked up as a stray, covered in chemical burns, and not claimed meant that she had one fate… she was scheduled to be euthanized today. HPA! had to act quickly to rescue her and now that she’s safe with us […]
Help kittens see a brighter future
Eight very sick kittens were found ABANDONED at an apartment complex, and they need your help. Today, two litters of tiny, sick kittens were found without their mothers, abandoned at an apartment complex. There are eight kittens total, some of them weighing less than a pound, and all of them squinting through layers of dried […]
Dumped puppies need you NOW!
Today a litter of nine puppies were dumped in a ditch in Houston, on the coldest week of the year. These puppies are so young they’ve only recently opened their eyes for the first time, and it breaks our hearts to think of what their very first look of the world was. There were no […]
Twenty-one cats saved from hoarding and need your help!
We saved TWENTY-ONE cats from a hoarding situation, and we need volunteers, fosters, supplies, and donations to help care for them NOW! A house in Sugar Land was found to have over 150 cats. Their conditions were completely unsafe, and Sugar Land Animal Services jumped in to get all of the cats to safety as […]
Beyonce’s heartworms are making it hard for her to breathe – can you help?
At first glance, Beyonce looks like a perfectly healthy Great Dane. Her heart and lungs, however, tell a completely different story. Without treatment, Beyonce would not have survived for much longer. Heartworms have been making each breath difficult for her, and her heart can’t take strenuous activity. Each dog that comes into our care receives a heartworm […]
Mom, dad, and 7 puppies DUMPED AT OUR DOORSTEP
A mom, dad, and their puppies were found dumped in our parking lot on the hot pavement – right between a busy road and train tracks. One puppy had even collapsed due to heat exhaustion. Our staff rushed out to save mama and six of her puppies before they got to the road and immediately brought […]
Bellatrix – SEVERE eye trauma, emergency treatment needed!
BELLATRIX NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW!! We know it’s tough to look at. We know it’s even worse to think about – how could a beautiful kitten like Bellatrix end up like this? But this is the reality that too many animals face here in Houston. Let’s get this precious kitten back to being healthy and […]
Two emergency surgeries in two days?! HELP!
We can’t believe it, but we have yet another animal in need of emergency care! Our $2,000 vet bill just turned into $4,000. 😱 After evaluating Knish, it was clear she needed emergency surgery on one of her rear legs that became completely dislocated and broken from her hip and cannot go back in. We […]
Stellaluna – Leg Amputation
Leg amputations for cats cost around $2,000. We want more than anything to see this kitten go to a good home, happy and healthy, and we need YOUR help to get her there. Will you help Stellaluna heal?
Not one, but THREE cats with tail trauma
We rescued three cats recently who all had the same mysterious problem… each of them had trauma to their tail. Pearl Moon, Harvest Moon, and Twilight Moon were clearly in a lot of pain, and yet they were still incredibly friendly towards the HPA! staff, cuddling and purring whenever they were picked up. We had […]
We need help to heal Spammy’s ears and Stinkerbelle’s eyes!
We recently rescued not one, but TWO spaniels. These pups are both sweet, calm, and would make the perfect pets – but first, they need your help. Spammy, the first spaniel we rescued, has hematomas in both of his ears so large, they require surgery to remove them. These hematomas are serious bruises that cause […]
Friendship Express – Demodex Mange
We recently rescued Friendship Express from a local animal shelter, but he still needs a savior. This gentle pup is just 9 months old and is suffering from a horrendous case of demodex mange, a common form of mange caused by mites which live in the affected dog’s hair follicles. Friendship Express is so infected by […]
Gwen, Twix, Denali & Jimmy’s medical bills
We’ve had a handful of medical cases on our hands (warning, some medically graphic photos here). It’s all part of the job to get our babies ready for their forever homes, and we’ll do whatever they need, but it doesn’t make their journeys any easier. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t come for free. These four babies […]
Pickle – sarcoptic mange, intestinal parasites, and eye trauma
Pickle was found not long ago by a local animal shelter abandoned by her owners, alone and in a major pickle. She has sarcoptic mange, which is caused by parasitic mites that burrow just beneath the surface of the skin and feed on material on or below the skin. It’s all over her body, as you […]
Splinter – upper respiratory infection and conjunctivitis
This is #A570768. He’s only 3 weeks old and found himself sick and alone at a shelter. He has a horrible upper respiratory infection and conjunctivitis. And since he’s still so young and motherless, he needs to be syringe fed frequently until he’s able to eat on his own. Unfortunately, all of this created the […]
Princess Pooch – cyst and mass removal
Princess Pooch was found as a stray and surrendered to a loud, scary shelter where her bony body couldn’t stop trembling – see for yourself in the video. Luckily, one of our fosters was able to step up to save her, and now she snuggles up to stay safe. But Princess Pooch’s battle isn’t over […]
Billie Jean – FHO surgery
Billie Jean is definitely a lover, but this outwardly smiley girl is suffering inside from hip pain and a lack of mobility because she has bone degradation likely due to either an old injury or a lack of blood supply to her femur. Following X-rays and multiple veterinary opinions, it has been determined that her best option is a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) operation to remove bone-on-bone contact and restore pain-free mobility to her hip.
Alina – tail tip necrosis
Adorable Alina has a pretty obvious case of tail tip necrosis, which means the cells at the tip of her tail are literally dying. You can see that it’s totally raw and void of fur.
Peach – infected eye abscess (warning: graphic content)
Six week-old Peach is just 0.8 pounds and had a severe eye infection from a giant abscess gone wrong, likely caused by feline herpesvirus. Her eye was bleeding and discharging and needed surgical attention. Our amazing in-house vet, Dr. Hanna, performed a double enucleation (removal of both eyes) to give Peach the best chance at […]
Kakashi – notoedric mange aka scabies
Poor Kakashi came to us with the WORST case of notoedric mange (aka feline scabies) our vet has ever seen, and he needs your help to heal! Scabies is a highly contagious parasitic skin disease appearing as scabby, scaly skin from infection by a feline mite, which you can see in the microscopic image. Itching […]
Meatball – dermatitis & mange
We recently saved four dogs together from a single shelter, and three of them have a trio of skin issues – dermatitis, demodectic mange (from mites), and fleas. Of the three, poor Meatball is suffering the worst. Meatball has an especially severe case of dermatitis and will need extra time and resources to heal. He […]
Michelin’s cruciate tear
Michelin is a sweet, gentle lab mix that recently entered our program after being saved from a city shelter. When he arrived at our center, we noticed he tended to favor his back left leg, and that that leg had a slight tremor. Upon examination, our amazing in-house vet suspects it’s a cruciate tear (a torn […]
Giblets – cherry eye & sialocele
Poor little Giblets is having a really rough time, inside and out. As if being heart worm positive wasn’t enough to deal with, he has a pretty gnarly cherry eye and, most obviously, is suffering from a sialocele (salivary gland cyst). Cherry eyes are relatively common and are caused by inflammation and prolapse of the […]
Sea Biscuit – gastropexy
When a Houston-area shelter had to close temporarily due to COVID-19, we saved several animals that were at risk. One of those animals was Sea Biscuit, a senior Great Dane. It was unclear whether or not she had been spayed, and upon examination, she was not. But, knowing spay surgery was necessary, it gave our […]
Captain America – ulcers and a feeding tube
Captain America needs YOU to be HIS hero! He has severe oral ulcers and throat swelling of unknown cause that make it very painful and difficult to eat. Subsequently, he has been losing (too much) weight. Luckily, Captain America is responding to medications, but a temporary feeding tube implant was necessary to ensure he gets […]
Hobbes – broken leg
Can you help Hobbes heal? Hobbes (fka Garfield at the shelter) had what appears on X-ray to be a pretty old fracture of his rear leg. Even with the injury, he didn’t let it stop him from being a super cuddler. But his injury required amputation to allow him to live a normal life. […]
Moby – degloved tail
Moby is an adorable 4 month old puppy who came to us from the shelter at Jacinto City with a seriously degloved tail, which means an extensive section of skin was completely torn off from the underlying tissue, severing its blood supply. Knowing an immediate amputation was necessary, we accepted her into our program and […]