HARRIS COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL
​(COUNTY POUND)​
To file a complaint with the Texas State Veterinary board click here
Click here for Harris County regulations regarding animals including impoundment of pets to Harris County pound, roadside sales of animals, dangerous dog, animal restraint, vaccination and license.
Click here to learn about the Companion Animal Protection Act (Texas CAPA).
HOUSTON VOTERS FOR COMPANION ANIMALS
2015 Intake & Outcome numbers
63.62% Kill Rate / 36.38% Save Rate

22,811 Total intakes
14,512 animals were killed or lost​
  2,641 Adoptions - 12% Adoption rate
1,443 Dogs & puppies Returned to Owners

We cannot calculate the Return to Owner Rate because Harris County did not break down intakes by stray or owner relinquished, but the numbers are very low considering the total intakes.
BREAKDOWN OF NUMBERS BETWEEN DOGS AND CATS
2015 DOGS ONLY
​51% Kill Rate / 49% Save Rate


7,326 animals were killed or lost
Breakdown:
6,997 killed
    19 died on arrival
     75 died in kennel
       2 missing
  233 rabies testing (meaning the animal was killed and his/her head sent to a lab for testing.

14,365 Total intakes
  2,070 Adoptions - 14% Adoption rate

1,385 Dogs & puppies Returned to Owners

2015 CATS ONLY
85.2% Kill Rate / 14.8% Save Rate

7,196 cats were killed or lost
Breakdown:
7,044 killed
     13 died on arrival
     57 died in kennel
       9 missing
     73 rabies testing (meaning the cat was killed and his/her head sent to a lab for testing.

8,446 Total intakes
   571 Adoptions - 7% Adoption rate
     58 Cats/Kittens Returned to Owners 
Click here for other animal related laws including those regarding wild animals.
LIFE SAVING SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION,
​IT SHOULD BE THE LAW
2016 INTAKE AND OUTCOME NUMBERS
48.93% Total Kill Rate / 51.07% Total Save Rate
75.44% KILL Rate for Cats
32.43% KILL Rate for Dogs

19,544 Total Intakes (including 121 classified as “Other”)
12,091 Dog Intakes
7,332 Cat Intakes

​3​,485 Adoptions – 18% Total Adoption rate
2,705 Dogs Adopted – 22% Adoption Rate for cats only
778 Cats Adopted – 11% Adoption Rate for cats only

9,562 Total animals were killed/lost/died in care
3,921 Dogs killed or lost
5,531 Cats killed or lost

1,309 Total Pets Returned to Owners – 9.36% Return to Owner Rate
1,234 Dogs & puppies Returned to Owners – 14.66% RTO Rate for Dogs
75 Cats and kittens Returned to Owners – 1.35% RTO Rate for Cats