I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Helping Homeless Animals
There is a brand new animal shelter building called Citizens for Animal Protection on the west side of Houston. It is located at 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094. Animals that are housed there get special treatment. Their telephone number is 281-497-0591.
Citizens for Animal Protection abbreviated as CAP has been in existence since 1972. It has served the needs of the homeless or abused and neglected animals.
The dedicated staff and many volunteers cheerfully did their jobs caring for the animals brought to their doorsteps in previously very cramped quarters. This bright and cheerful new building is beautiful for the animals who call it their temporary home. The people working there aiding the animals have much more elbow room now.
Considerations Before Adopting a Pet
Falling in love with a baby animal is easy. Most of them are so very cute whether they are curled up asleep with their littermates or actively playing. Deciding to take a baby animal, whether it is a kitten or puppy, should be well considered and evaluated before taking on that commitment.
Expenses include not only food, water and shelter but regular veterinary care and additional care for when they become ill or injured. Animals are just like human beings in that respect. They can come down with many of the same illnesses that people experience and others specific to their breed.
Animal are sentient beings who also need our love, and that love should extend throughout their lifetime. Loving a pet means spending quality time with them. Pets need to be gently but firmly trained. People also need to be able to tolerate their foibles. Who hasn't had a puppy chew up a favorite shoe or have an accident inside the house before being fully potty trained? What do we get for our efforts? Pure and unconditional love is the answer!
Pets of all types, including dogs, cats, hamsters, and rabbits, end up in animal shelters like Citizens for Animal Protection for many reasons.
- Sometimes the owners of such pets die, and there is no one to care for their beloved pets.
- Tragedies can occur like hurricanes that destroy homes and separate people and their pets. Many pets ended up being shipped to Houston after Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans years ago.
- Illnesses of the owners can sometimes cause them and their pets to be sadly separated.
- Occasionally due to the loss of a job and lack of income, people regretfully turn their pets into a shelter. Reasons like this can be heartbreaking.
- And then there are the thoughtless people who take a darling little kitten or puppy and when it becomes full-grown turn them out onto the streets thinking that they can make it on their own. Of course, this is fallacious thinking and can cause much suffering and even death to the animals.
Turning an animal that was once a pet loose on the streets is a form of heartless cruelty. Animal shelters exist for the sole purpose of taking in and rescuing animals from the horrors of abandonment and/or abuse. Until they are adopted at the least they are fed, sheltered and well-tended...even loved by the many volunteers and staff at these shelters.
If some are eventually euthanized, at least they will have been dealt with compassionately in the interim and given the best chance for a new life. Being painlessly put to sleep is not the worst thing that can happen when one considers all the alternative things that can happen to a pet that has been abandoned to the streets.
Separation of Cats and Dogs
Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston has the cat section separated from the dog section of the new building. They are at opposite ends of the building. That way, the cats are not disturbed by the barking of dogs.
Each end of the building has its counterpart in-so-far as intake areas, evaluation areas, surgery, food preparation, and even isolation areas for the pets as necessary.
The laundry area is mammoth and is in continual use for cleanliness purposes.
Kittens and cats are well-tended and played with and loved until new homes can be found. For the older cats who have been there a while, they have a particular room in which they can interact and be on display.
Individual rooms are provided in several places in the CAP shelter, where people can interact with their prospective new pets to see how they interact with one another. We saw many people using those rooms on the day that my husband and I toured CAP.
Citizens for Animal Protection
The new site of CAP consists of 3 1/2 acres of land.
Not only are the rooms for the animals spacious inside, but there are areas outside in the back where the dogs are walked twice daily. There is even an area where they can be turned loose to run and play on occasion, allowing them to indulge in a little fresh air and sunshine.
Charity Navigator and CAP
When donating money to a charity, one should be sure that it is being spent wisely. It should not go to needless overhead expenses or huge staff salaries.
Here is where Charity Navigator comes to the aid. It is a 501 (c) 3 charity that delves into the financial health of thousands of charities accepting no money from any of the charities being evaluated. They determine how much money is raised and how it is spent and at what cost.
Their top rating is 4 stars, and Citizens for Animal Protection has been awarded that rating year after year. A 4-star rating means that the charity "Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Causes."
It is wonderful knowing that our love of animals and donations to help them are being handled with such thrift and care. For that reason, my husband and I are happy to spread the word about this fantastic charity. We even have Citizens for Animal Protection in our wills.
On average, about 500 animals each month find new homes from Citizens for Animal Protection. That is a whopping 6,000 animals per year! They do much more with outreach programs, including spaying and neutering, etc.
If thinking of adopting a pet, please consider coming to this new Houston animal shelter on the Katy Freeway. Stop in and see more of this phenomenal animal shelter for yourself!
Please watch the video below about the importance of spaying and neutering from a vet's perspective.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Peggy Woods
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2021:
Citizens for Animal Protection does such a great job with caring for the animals and finding forever homes for them. I appreciate your comment.
Christy Birmingham-Reyes on January 08, 2021:
Thank you for sharing about this wonderful charity, Peggy! Hearing about great organizations like this one is heart-warming.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2020:
We live not too far away from the Citizens for Animal Protection shelter. They continually do a fantastic job of caring for animals with the hope of finding them forever homes. Thanks for your comment.
Paula on November 03, 2020:
What a beautiful facility for such a wonderful cause. Great tip about Charity Navigator. KUDOS to CAP for continually excellent ratings.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2020:
Citizens for Animal Protection continues to receive top ratings. They do such an excellent job with caring for animals and find forever homes for many of their temporary residents.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 03, 2020:
This is an great cause and the fact this shelter has been awarded the top rating year after year speaks the excellent work they are doing. Kudos to them and thanks to you for sharing this information.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2020:
Thanks for everything you have done to help animals. Spaying and neutering pets, as well as feral animals, is so important! Thanks for spreading the word!
FlourishAnyway from USA on May 08, 2020:
Hooray that you remembered them in your will! This sounds like a spectacular animal facility. I believe in giving deeply to charity, and my chosen cause is a low cost nonprofit spay/neuter clinic that serves other nonprofits as well as the public. I try to give as generously as possible, especially now with the pandemic.
I have also fostered kittens and cats of all ages for an animal rescue group. Years ago I served on the board of a nonprofit all volunteer spay neuter clinic for feral cats and the board of a nonprofit that did spay neuter outreach for pets of low income communities. Anything any one of us can do — large or small — to help an animal is a blessing. Adopt, don’t shop! Spay that stray cat that keeps coming around, etc.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:
If enough people would spay and neuter their pets, there would not be so much of an overabundance of them. Still, there are some valid reasons that pets end up in shelters. It is a good thing that excellent ones like this exist.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:
Thanks for doing your part to help your local animal shelter. Like you, I hope that all the animals being adopted now due to the pandemic, are getting good lasting homes.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 22, 2020:
We have several friends who have adopted rescue dogs. It's sad that animals end up in this place, but it looks like a great facility.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2020:
They do such a beautiful job at this animal shelter caring for the animals and doing all that they can to find good homes for them.
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 21, 2020:
What a beautiful shelter facility! I've volunteered and was the treasurer for our county's animal shelter foundation. So I love seeing stories about wonderful efforts to help our pet animal friends.
Our shelter currently has few homeless pets right now due to higher adoptions with the pandemic. That's encouraging, but I hope we won't see a lot of people surrendering their pets when things get back to "normal."
Thanks for sharing this inspiring organization in your area!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2020:
Lovely place! God bless them all for working with homeless pets. i applaud them from afar.