The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    HSPCA and Prosecutors Won't Say How Rescued Dog Died

    The Houston SPCA and Galveston County District Attorney's are not revealing the fate of a dog whose former foster believes overheated and died during a highly publicized seizure in Santa Fe last month. Susan Culver says the dog's death was disclosed at a September court hearing to decide what to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Prominent East Texans Get Nekkid for Local SPCA

    A fundraising calendar for the SPCA of East Texas is raising some eyebrows for its photos of regional officials and business owners posing in the buff. KLTV reports that a board member of Tyler's Meals on Wheels resigned after the group's president posed in the calendar. The board member explained ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Good Deeds: Show You Care This Holiday Season by Volunteering Time and Food

    Most of the year we use this blog to tell you about all the great food there is in Houston. We tell you what gifts to buy for the food-lovers on your list, where to eat a nice meal out and which hot restaurants are opening. But this time of year, we want to remind you that for many, these words ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Deputies Seize 377 Roosters Used for Cock-Fighting

    Harris County Sheriff's deputies seized 377 roosters allegedly used for cock-fighting, and the two men who allegedly owned the birds are facing criminal charges, according to the Sheriff's Office. "Deputies initially responded on August 23 to the property in the 14000 block of Sellers Road in north ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Ever Wonder if Your Kid's Teacher Runs a Puppy Mill in Her Spare Time?

    A former grade school teacher has been charged with animal cruelty after sheriff's deputies and SPCA workers seized 106 abused and neglected dog from her East Texas home Monday. The dogs were allegedly "forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property" near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The HSPCA Is All About the Cash, Not the Dogs

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Elegantly Sinister Cat Demands You Adopt Him

    HSPCAVe haff vays of makink you adopt.​The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals describes Prince, the cat pictured above, as "a gentle, kind kitty." Really? This dude looks like a sinister evil genius plotting world domination. Seriously, would you ever want to get this l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day: More Suggested Andy Fastow Jobs

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Houston SPCA Suddenly Has 200 Small Dogs To Care For, Give Away

    HSPCAA Wallr County officer with a rescued dog​The Houston SPCA is going to be needing help very soon getting about 200 small dogs adopted after a massive haul from a Waller County facility that was filthy and disorganized. The owners of the facility were an elderly couple "who became overwhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Chihuahua Airlift: The Last, Forlorn, Rejected Doggie Left

    We told you last week about the chihuahua airlift, a dangerous importation of cuteness into Houston from LA. Chihuahuas go fast here, so the Houston SPCA brought in 29 of them, and other little dogs, from the West Coast to be rescued. All have found a home except this guy, who apparently is too ugl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Chihuahua Invasion: Brace Yourself For Cuteness, Houston

    I, Chihuahua​The Houston SPCA is about to get hit with an airlift of 30 homeless Chihuahuas from Los Angeles. Officials are unsure if the city can handle the sudden influx of cuteness, but apparently have determined it is worth the risk. Chihuahuas are as common in LA as independent movie pro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 4, 2010

    2010 Houston SPCA Mutt Strut & Runway Race

    Show off your schnauzer and raise money for a good cause at the same time

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    The Mystery of the 14 Dead Dogs Dumped in North Houston

    ​The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering to help Houston investigators in the search for whoever dumped 14 dead dogs under a sheet in northeast Houston. KTRK reported Wednesday that the bodies of the dogs, mostly adult shepherd mixes, were found that day near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Pit Bull Puppies, A Toddler & Injuries: The Debate Continues

    ​A newspaper report out of East Texas probably isn't going to do wonders for changing the vicious image normally associated with pit bulls. From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:Police and animal control officers continue an investigation Tuesday into an attack involving the child, who suffered major i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    Hotel ZaZa Unleashed Poolside Pet Soiree

    It's canines and canapés for the see-and-be-seen crowd

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    A Guilty Plea And 15 Months For That Big Dogfighting Bust

    Photo by Paul KnightThe announcement of the big bust.That much-ballyhooed dogfight bust last year has yielded some jail time: A 35-year-old Houston man has pled guilty and will receive a 15-month state-jail sentence for both causing and attending a dogfight, the DAs office has announced."Belinda Smi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2009
  • News

    April 30, 2009

    UH Gets the Brush-Off from Nike

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Last Chance for Some Hot Dogs, Hep Cats and Veggie Burgers

    Scout's Honor Rescue, the group that took in the pit bulls from the SPCA after Hurricane Ike, is launching a new adoption location in the Heights and wants everyone to come out to see Dexter -- one of the few pits the SPCA has ever allowed to live -- and all the other breeds up for fostering or adop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Don't Say It....Don't Say It....Damn, I Said It

    You could almost hear the wheels spinning in the mind of the guy substituting for JP Pritchard on KTRH this morning.Authorities had busted a large cockfighting ring, the lede of his item said.Cockfighting ring. Cockfighting ring, you could imagine him practicing. Make sure to say cockfighting ring.A ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Drug Education

    HISD has the world's busiest sniffer dog

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Fighting Over Dogfighting Dogs Continues

    We wrote Friday about how the Houston SPCA is killing all those dogs who were "rescued" when a major dogfighting ring was broken up recently.The local SPCA is clear that it does not adopt out pit bulls or fighting dogs because it thinks they are harmful. They made an exception of sorts after Hurrica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Those "Rescued" Dogs Are Dead, Or Lining Up To Die

    When the feds and local law-enforcement agencies busted a big dog-fighting ring a while back, there was much talk of the more than 100 dogs that had been "rescued." If by "rescued" you meant "Sent to Doggie Death Row," then they were indeed rescued. A commenter to our item on the arrests said the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Birds Endagered By Man (And Ike) Going Back To The Wild

    It's freedom day for five rare birds that got blasted by Hurricane Ike. The Wildlife Rehab and Education Center, which is part of the Houston SPCA, is set to release into the wild five brown pelicans it took into its care after the storm. The brown pelicans, an endangered species, were found all o ... More >>

  • News

    October 16, 2008

    Ike's Fuzzy Animals

    All kinds of cuties are showing up

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Pit Bull Laundering By The Houston SPCA

    The Houston SPCA, in the form of Meera Nandlal, who’s in charge of public relations, got back to us finally today and made it clear there has absolutely been no change in policy by the SPCA about adopting out pit bulls. The Houston SPCA, as we've noted, makes a big point of saying they do not ado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Your Animals Are Probably Bitching About Ike, Too

    Because Ike (that bastard) has created more victims beyond the human variety, it’s important to keep our furry friends in mind. Fortunately, groups like the Houston Humane Society and the Houston SPCA have been keeping us apprised of the animal situation, and what folks can do to help out. First, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Some Success On The Pet-Adoption Front

    More than 300 pets found new homes over the weekend -- not to mention that $300,000 was raised in pledges -- as the Houston SPCA enjoyed a big success with its annual telethon. "Hours before the live broadcast (on Channel 39), the parking lot at the Houston SPCA was at capacity, leaving a line of p ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2005

    Care and Feeding

    Whole Foods wants lobsters to live large before dying

  • News

    February 3, 2005

    The Fido Solution

    The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    A Dog's Life

    Is Mr. K's the best we can do? Would you wish it on your best friend?

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pet Store

    Houston SPCA

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    (East) Indian Summer

    A local community celebrates its heritage

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    Kitty Litter

    Toyya Braskey lives with 100 cats. They are her life. Now the city says they have to go.

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Dog Trainer

    Patricia E. Mercer

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Cinema Dog Daze

    Films fuel the fads for special pets -- then comes the fallout

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    A New Leash on Life

    Stray Houston mutts make it big in Marin, thanks to Allison and the HSPCA

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Spare a Dime, Dah-ling?

    Fashion shows in area clubs go philanthropic

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Going to the Dogs

    Advocates are working to unleash a plan for a public park where pooches can play

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    Pet Net

    Max's uncertain plan: Matching you with that cute mutt in Maine

  • News

    December 17, 1998

    All Good Dogs Go to Heaven

    The connection between pets and their owners doesn't necessarily end with death

  • News

    April 30, 1998
  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Poop Happens

    An apartment complex loses the battle against guano

  • News

    November 21, 1996

    Blood Sport

    In the dogfight business, pit bulls get killed all the time. Sometimes, so do people.

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Beastly Behavior

    Wildlife rehabilitator Vivian Steele got along fine with animals. It's people who gave her trouble.

  • Calendar

    May 2, 1996
  • Calendar

    August 17, 1995
  • News

    December 16, 1993
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