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County Animal Shelter Sheds Light on Overpopulation

Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin visits with the Harris County Animal Shelter to learn more about the challenges the agency faces.

Kittens
Harris County Animal Shelter
Some kittens up for adoption at the Harris County Animal Shelter.

When many Houstonians think about local animal shelters, they think of BARC — that’s the city’s animal shelter. But, Harris County Animal Shelter may not be as well known. Nevertheless, we've received a few emails recently saying the shelter is underfunded, understaffed, and overcrowded. It’s an example of a larger problem in Greater Houston — overpopulation of stray animals.

Maggie Martin visits the Harris County Animal Shelter and Dr. Michael White, DVM, MS Director – Veterinary Public Health Division, to learn more about their operation and the challenges they face.

  • Some puppies up for adoption at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
    Some puppies up for adoption at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
  • Some kittens up for adoption at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
    Some kittens up for adoption at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
  • A volunteer spends some quality time with a dog at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
    A volunteer spends some quality time with a dog at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
  • Volunteers at the Harris County Animal Shelter spend time with a couple dogs up for adoption. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
    Volunteers at the Harris County Animal Shelter spend time with a couple dogs up for adoption. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
  • Volunteers at the Harris County Animal Shelter bathe puppies. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
    Volunteers at the Harris County Animal Shelter bathe puppies. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
  • A young girl holds a puppy at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
    A young girl holds a puppy at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Animal Shelter)
  • Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Dr. Michael White at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Public Health Dept.)
    Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Dr. Michael White at the Harris County Animal Shelter. (Photo Credit: Harris County Public Health Dept.)