is available for adoption!
Houston Cares Animal Rescue, formerly known as Westbury CARE, is more than just a 501c3 rescue, it’s a community of animal lovers working together to make a difference for animals in Houston.
What began as a small group of neighbors in Westbury, a Houston neighborhood, trying to help the animals in their area, quickly grew into a non-profit rescue because the need in Houston is so great. Despite its growth, Houston Cares has aimed to keep its community feel and is built on the idea that it will take a community of Houstonians to make change.
It is estimated that there are over a million strays in Houston.
We believe change will only happen through a multi prong approach including rescue, education, spay/neuter, and changes to our legislation. We believe that the more the rescue community works together and supports each other, the more the animals benefit and the more change will be seen. We are proud to be a small and growing part of the Houston rescue community.
Houston Cares saves hundreds of animals from the streets of Houston each year.
While waiting to find their forever homes, animals live in loving foster homes.
This means that the animals are able to adjust to life off the streets and, if needed, learn to trust again. The animals receive full vet care and, if needed, they receive behavioral training. The cost of care for each animal usually well exceeds their adoption fee; because of this, money is raised through fundraisers and donations. Every day we are asked for help for many new animals, but have to turn many of them away due to lack of foster homes.
Every time we find a new foster, or an animal is adopted, we can save more animals off the streets who are waiting for their chance at a new life filled with hope and love.
We provide all supplies to fosters, including vet care. Fosters are responsible for supplying a safe and loving indoor home to the animal while they wait for their forever home. Fostering gives an animal a chance at a new life.
Beyond our foster group, we have other active rescue efforts. We have a trap, neuter, return program helping to spay/neuter and maintain feral cats and cat colonies in SW Houston. We also speak to schools and other groups about rescue and are hoping to grow our outreach program.
Everyone involved with Houston Cares is a volunteer. Although the amount of need can be overwhelming, we give our free time to this cause because we believe that together we can make a difference. We know that every animal saved from the streets has their life completely changed through our efforts and we believe that our efforts have the potential to change the future on a much larger scale over time. We invite everyone to join our community of animal lovers and work alongside us to make change in our Houston community.