I had so much fun at the 2016 Houston Pet Expo! You would not believe how many animals came out to check out the fun. There were dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, lemurs, birds, and more. Some of the finest vendors from Texas and beyond came out to show off and sell their items. From big companies like Blue Buffalo, to local ones like Apdat Print Co. and  Pet Wants, everyone was out showing off their stuff.

There were also some amazing dog and cat rescue organizations out there. I’m a huge advocate of adopting rescue pets. As some of you know, our dog, Sherlock, is a rescue. I wish I could have brought all the sweet puppies and kittens who needed homes back with me, but unfortunately I cannot. But if you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider a rescue. If you don’t know where to look, I’m going to list some of the best places in Houston to get a new fur baby:

A Life to Live – An incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in August 2014 out of love and passion for providing an opportunity and better quality of life for homeless animals. They offer a No Kill alternative that offers life saving programs and invaluable resources for homeless animals and the community. Visit their website to learn more about adopting, fostering, donating, or volunteering with homeless animals.

Houston SPCA – Founded in 1924, the SPCA is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Their mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation. They are a private, nonprofit charity, not affiliated with any other SPCA. They receive no government funding or assistance from other animal organizations, relying solely on donations from businesses, grants, and animal lovers to continue their work. Please follow the link to their website to learn more about adoption, volunteering, or giving to the Houston SPCA.

Harris County Animal Shelter – They are working in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy, and caring environment for animals and people. They are currently in need of new or used stuffed dog toys and new or used towels of any size. To learn more about adoption or donating, follow the link to their website.

Houston Humane Society – The Houston Humane Society is a nonprofit the is supported by donations. To learn more about adoption, volunteering, or donating follow the link to their website.

Specialty Rescue Organizations

Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado (Texas Chapter) – Although based out of Colorado, Dalmatian Rescue has a large Texas chapter with many wonderful dalmatian and dalmatian mix dogs that are ready for their forever home. They are a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They don’t have a shelter. All dogs are fostered by volunteers in their homes until adoption. To learn more about adopting, fostering, or donating please visit their website.

Brave Bully Rescue – Brave Bully Rescue’s main focus is on rescuing bullies in high-kill shelters that have been abused, neglected, and abandoned. All dogs are fostered until a forever home can be found. To learn more about adopting, fostering, or donating visit their website.

Once again, if you’re considering getting a pet, please consider a rescue. You might rescue them initially, but you may find that they will also rescue you.

2016 Houston Pet Expo Galleries

The galleries from the Expo were too large to put in this blog post, but you can view both day’s galleries in the links below:

View the Day 1 Gallery.

View the Day 2 Gallery.



About the Author: Jared Jarvis is a professional photographer based out of Houston, TX. He is the owner and lead photographer at Jared Jarvis Photography. He specializes in event, engagement, and wedding photography. To view his work, or contact him, click here.