Houston Matters

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.

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.