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

There are over 100 dogs and cats at Special Pals Shelter. In order to provide just 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 its kennel. This allocation of 15 minutes daily does not account for playtime, issues that come up, interruptions, non direct animal care tasks such as laundry and dishes, or medical or admin tasks. With 100 animals, it requires 25 hours of direct animal care tasks every single day, just 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 that, 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. With stretched budgets and lack of volunteers, staff that are scheduled 8am-4pm (with the PM shift being focused on admin and adoption tasks) instead have to clean all day, leaving no time for non animal-related tasks. We are constantly trying to improve this situation by asking for more volunteers, but we know time and resources are not unlimited. Our staff earn an average of $11 per hour; it 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 that come about. Often times animals come to Special Pals malnourished and/or heartworm positive, 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

There are over 100 dogs and cats at Special Pals Shelter. In order to provide just 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 its kennel. This allocation of 15 minutes daily does not account for playtime, issues that come up, interruptions, non direct animal care tasks such as laundry and dishes, or medical or admin tasks. With 100 animals, it requires 25 hours of direct animal care tasks every single day, just 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 that, 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. With stretched budgets and lack of volunteers, staff that are scheduled 8am-4pm (with the PM shift being focused on admin and adoption tasks) instead have to clean all day, leaving no time for non animal-related tasks. We are constantly trying to improve this situation by asking for more volunteers, but we know time and resources are not unlimited. Our staff earn an average of $11 per hour; it 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 that come about. Often times animals come to Special Pals malnourished and/or heartworm positive, and require extra TLC to get back to full health and be eligible for adoption.