Rescue Animals

Information for Animal Rescue Organizations

Animal rescue groups interested in pulling animals from the Harris County Animal Shelter must be preapproved and agree to follow the requirements outlined in our Rescue Policies.  

For approval, please complete and submit the application to

Please note: Animals may only be rescued by approved rescue groups. We do not reserve shelter animals for pending rescue applications. 

Temporary Custody Agreement (Medical Rescue)

Complete and sign the Temporary Custody Agreement.  Mail the original, signed form to: 
    Temporary Custody Agreements
    HCPH Veterinary Public Health
    612 Canino Rd.
    Houston, TX  77076 

The process for Temporary Custody Agreement (Medical Rescue) can take up to 30 days. If you have any questions about this process please call our facility at 281.999.3191 or email us at