About Special Pals Shelter

The mission of Special Pals, Inc. is to make a measurable and sustainable difference in the Greater Houston community by offering affordable pet care services; rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming companion animals; and providing education about responsible pet ownership. 

About Shelter Life

On average, there are approximately 100 dogs and cats in the Special Pals program at any given time. In order to provide the minimum standard of care every day, it takes at least 15 minutes of direct care per animal. This includes moving the animal to clean, sanitize, and reset its kennel with food and water and then moving it back into the kennel. This allocation of 15 minutes daily does not account for playtime, emergency issues that may come up, interruptions, non-direct animal care tasks such as laundry and dishes, or medical or admin tasks. With so many animals, it requires 25 hours of direct animal care tasks every single day, just to meet the minimum standards for that day (per the Association of Shelter Veterinarians). This equates to 3 full-time staff working an 8 hour day and doing only direct animal care tasks for the entire 8 hours. Special Pals cannot afford this expense, and while we often have volunteers to help out, we consistently have to find a way to allocate the time to direct animal care every day because it must be done. We are constantly trying to improve this situation by asking for more volunteers, but time and resources are not unlimited. Our staff earn an average of $11 per hour, which comes to about $88 per day for one staff member. Can you help us make it easier one day at a time?

About Our Adoptable Animals

Each animal that is accepted into the Special Pals program is fully evaluated by our part-time staff vet. Each animal receives vaccines (type and number depend on species and age) plus microchipping, heartworm or FIV/FeLv testing, dewormer, is spayed or neutered if needed, flea control, heartworm prevention, and other medical treatments as needed. It costs a minimum of $80 for the medical treatments for each animal taken into Special Pals, without any health issues. More often that not, the animals that come to Special Pals malnourished and/or heartworm positive or have skin or other medical issues and require extra TLC to get back to full health and be eligible for adoption.

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The mission of Special Pals, Inc. is to make a measurable and sustainable difference in the Greater Houston community by offering affordable pet care services; rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming companion animals; and providing education about responsible pet ownership. 

About Shelter Life

On average, there are approximately 100 dogs and cats in the Special Pals program at any given time. In order to provide the minimum standard of care every day, it takes at least 15 minutes of direct care per animal. This includes moving the animal to clean, sanitize, and reset its kennel with food and water and then moving it back into the kennel. This allocation of 15 minutes daily does not account for playtime, emergency issues that may come up, interruptions, non-direct animal care tasks such as laundry and dishes, or medical or admin tasks. With so many animals, it requires 25 hours of direct animal care tasks every single day, just to meet the minimum standards for that day (per the Association of Shelter Veterinarians). This equates to 3 full-time staff working an 8 hour day and doing only direct animal care tasks for the entire 8 hours. Special Pals cannot afford this expense, and while we often have volunteers to help out, we consistently have to find a way to allocate the time to direct animal care every day because it must be done. We are constantly trying to improve this situation by asking for more volunteers, but time and resources are not unlimited. Our staff earn an average of $11 per hour, which comes to about $88 per day for one staff member. Can you help us make it easier one day at a time?

About Our Adoptable Animals

Each animal that is accepted into the Special Pals program is fully evaluated by our part-time staff vet. Each animal receives vaccines (type and number depend on species and age) plus microchipping, heartworm or FIV/FeLv testing, dewormer, is spayed or neutered if needed, flea control, heartworm prevention, and other medical treatments as needed. It costs a minimum of $80 for the medical treatments for each animal taken into Special Pals, without any health issues. More often that not, the animals that come to Special Pals malnourished and/or heartworm positive or have skin or other medical issues and require extra TLC to get back to full health and be eligible for adoption.