SPCA of Brazoria County

Leading Brazoria County to a time when there are no more homeless pets.

Can’t Keep Your Pet?

  • If you are considering surrendering your own pet, please reconsider. If you want to keep your pet but you need help with food, medical care, or behavioral counseling, we are here for you. Please call us at 979-285-2340 ext. 105 and leave a message to set up an appointment with one of our pet retention counselors. We will try our best to help you keep your pet.
  • If you have a problem with too many cats in your home or neighborhood, please talk to us about our outdoor cat program. We can give you tips to help you catch and re-home some of the cats and help you vaccinate and spay/neuter the ones you wish to keep.
  • If you can not keep your pet, have you tried to re-home your pet yourself? Your pet’s best odds at finding a good home are if you find that home for him yourself. At the bottom of this page are some ideas to help you. Surrendering your pet to a shelter should be your very last resort, after you have exhausted all other options. Facebook is a great way to find a home for your pet, but be sure that you are posting your pet’s photo and information on pages that have large audiences. Please see below for some pages where you can post your pet’s information.
  • If you must surrender your pet to us, please be aware that we cannot guarantee that your pet will be made available for adoption. A shelter environment is very stressful for pets, and many pets become ill and/or aggressive in a shelter. We are not a No Kill shelter. There are some things you can do to increase the odds that your pet will be adopted:
  1. Make sure that we know that this is an owned pet and not a stray.
  2. Schedule an intake appointment with us, so that we can insure that we have space available for your pet.
  3. Bring a copy of your pet’s veterinary records showing up-to-date vaccinations.
  4. If your pet is not current on vaccinations, let us vaccinate him. Then you can take him back home for two weeks to allow him to gain some immunity before you bring him to the shelter.
  5. Write us a note describing all the good things a potential adopter should know about your pet.
  6. Be honest with us about your pet’s negative history if there is any.
  7. If your pet is sick or has any medical issues, please discuss this with us before you leave your pet.
  8. Waive the 3-day hold, so that we can put your pet up for adoption as soon as possible.

Need to find a home for your pet? Start with a great photo! Get the best photo that you can—one that shows your pet’s personality. But don’t forget a great description. Tell all the things that are great about your pet, and what type of home you are hoping to find. You can make a flyer to post around town, but one of the best ways to spread the word is to post it on Facebook  (see “Tips” below).

Did you find a lost or stray pet? First check for identification. If the pet has a rabies tag, you can call the veterinary hospital’s phone number that is on the tag. When you give them the tag number, they can look up the owner in their files. Check the pet’s ears and belly for identification tattoos. Take the pet to a shelter or veterinary office and have it scanned for a microchip. If the pet does not have identification, try to find the owner yourself before you take the pet to a shelter. You can post flyers near the location where you found the pet, but also post flyers around your community, including veterinary offices, boarding facilities, groomers, and pet stores. One of the best ways to spread the word is on Facebook (see “Tips” below). You can also fill out a Found Pet form at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter to post on our bulletin board.

Did you lose your pet? If your lost pet is an indoor cat, it is most likely frightened and hiding very close to home. Keep cat food outside near your home, and check all possible hiding places within a 1/2-mile of your home. You may decide to try a live cat trap, which can be purchased for $40 or less from Tractor Supply, a local feed store, or hardware store. If your lost pet is an outdoor cat or a dog, you need to spread your search wider. Post flyers all around the area your pet was last seen, but also post flyers around your community, including veterinary offices, boarding facilities, groomers, and pet stores. Check at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter every two or three days, and fill out a Lost Pet form to post on our bulletin board. When you are at our shelter, ask for our list of other shelters in the area, so that you can check all possible places that your pet may have been taken.


  • Make sure you always include good contact information. A mobile phone number is usually the best way for people to reach you.
  • The Facts newspaper runs free lost and found pet ads. 979-265-7401.
  • Post on Facebook! Post it on your own page and ask your friends to share.
  • Post on these Facebook pages as well:

SPCA-BC Lost and Found Pets & Pet Re-Homing:


Brazoria County Pet & Animals:


Gulf Coast Animal Fanatics: