Animal homelessness is a crisis that CAN be solved if we can focus our efforts on the source of the problem.

In Houston, you can barely open a newspaper or turn on your local evening news without seeing another desperate plea for adopters and fosters to help “empty the shelters”. We have an astronomical overcrowding issue here, with every shelter and rescue filled to max capacity.

At Houston PetSet, while we do help alleviate some of that strain through our transport program, we are not so naive that we don’t also focus on the source of the problem – the torrential flow of pets, both stray and owned, cascading into the shelters from unchecked breeding. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is the only way we will be able to stem the tide of homeless pets coming into these organizations from all directions.

We believe that financial hardship should not be a barrier to pet ownership, and we know that access to affordable veterinary care is not equal in every community. That’s why we offer free and low-cost spay/neuter surgery on our state-of-the-art mobile veterinary unit. In 2022, our surgical team alone has spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated more than 2500 pets. We also support our partners’ efforts, contributing $164,263 in grants for spay/neuter events and individual services in the last year.

One week from today, on Tuesday, November 29, Houston PetSet will celebrate Giving Tuesday. Your support empowers us to prevent tens of thousands of unwanted litters from entering the rescue pipeline. Please contributing to Houston PetSet’s Giving Tuesday campaign so that we can continue to provide services like Free and Low-Cost Spay and Neuter to the families who are trying to do right by their pets.


Lisa Tynan