Houston, We Have a Problem

Texas shelters currently euthanize more animals than any other state, with more than 114,000 animals killed in 2018 alone. In addition to fundraising and networking, a large part of our lifesaving work is leveraging our relationships across the country to coordinate lifesaving transports out of state.

While our long-term aim is to use positive messaging to create community change in Texas, we can save more animals’ lives now by moving them to parts of the country where adopters are ready and waiting to welcome these animals into their homes.

Transport to Safety — and a New Life

Our transport program began in 2017, following our discovery that there was an unmet demand for dogs in Kansas City, while the Harris County Animal Shelter euthanized dogs due to lack of space. In the first year of our program, we transported 79 animals from HCAS to Kansas. In 2018, we transported another 76 animals to a growing number of shelter and rescue partners. 

Since that time, we’ve been able to expand our transport program through our collaboration with Rescue the Animals of Abilene, Best Friends Animal Society of Houston and Best Friends Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets. As of this writing, in the first three quarters of 2019, we’ve already transported 388 animals from Houston and Abilene to new lives out of state.

This lifesaving work is only possible through the support of members of the community like you. These dogs need your help to get a fresh start in a new state. Read on to find out how you can get involved with transports out of Houston or Abilene to rescue groups and no-kill shelters in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.

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Happy, transported animal
Happy, transported animal
Happy, transported animal
Happy, transported animal
Happy, transported animal
Happy, transported animal
Happy, transported animal
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Get Involved

Drive to Save Lives

Are you ready for a road trip? Take animals on their freedom ride, where you and a co-pilot drive the van and Day of the Dogs provides you with gas, food and hotel reservations along the way. You’ll have volunteer or staff support to load and unload animals at your destination.

We’re currently recruiting drivers for the following routes:

  • Houston to NW Indiana
  • Houston to Kansas City
  • Abilene to NW Indiana
  • Abilene to Kansas City
  • NW Indiana to Texas (return leg; no animals)
Volunteer to Drive

Sponsor a trip

Transports are costly. Your sponsorship can help defray the costs of transport – no matter where you live.

  • $10 — one day in boarding
  • $15 — one health certificate
  • $50 — one medium-size crate
  • $100 — one night in a hotel
  • $350 — gas for the trip
  • ~$1600 — total average cost of one round-trip transport
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Coordinate a Transport

Coordinating a transport is a lot of work, and we’re all volunteers! You can help out in person or behind the scenes to make transports a success. Get in touch if you can volunteer your time to make these transports successful.

We’re currently recruiting for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Houston 
  • Abilene 
  • NW Indiana
Volunteer to help with transport

Foster an Animal

Are you ready to foster? Shelters need your help! Watch our Facebook page for posts of those animals that will soon be released to approved shelters – and in need of foster care. As little as one weekend in your home can be the difference between life and death for animals in urgent need.

Whether you live in Texas or out of state, you can get involved as a foster:

Houston Residents, Harris County

If you live in Harris County, visit the foster page on the HCAS website for FAQ’s and to start your foster application. You can also send them an email for more information, or visit HCAS in person. Adoption and foster hours take place from 1:00 pm-5:30 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am-3:30 pm on weekends.

Houston Residents, Outside of Harris County

If you live in the Houston area outside of Harris County, please contact one of our transport rescue partners for foster information:

Beyond Houston

If you’d like to foster through one of our transports, please inquire and sign up with one of our out-of-state receiving transport partners listed below.

Foster a Dog