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You already know that secondhand dogs make first class pets, now learn what to do when you bring home your best friend.


Set up a dog-proofed area, complete with a bed, toys, water, and food. If you plan to crate train, have this ready.


Purchase a collar, leash, and ID tag. Your new dog is in an unfamiliar place , so keep him in a fenced  yard or on leash.


Find out what type of food your best friend eats and have some on-hand. If you plan to change his diet, gradually transition to this food over the course of 10 days.


Take your new dog to the vet within three days. Many clinics offer a free first visit for owners who adopt.


Make house training a priority. Take your best friend outside frequently and provide plenty of praise.


Spend the first few days bonding with your new dog. Be patient, loving, and consistent, while providing plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization.






Adopting a DOG

Animal Visitation Hours

  • Monday          11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday          11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday   11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Thursday        11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Friday              11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday        12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Sunday         Closed

Ready to adopt a new best friend?

  • Check out our Facebook pages for info on some of our favorite adoptable pets (click here for dogs)

  • Search on PetHarbor or Petfinder using ZIP code 77504

  • Visit our shelter at 5150 Burke Road, Pasadena, TX 77504


Unable to adopt but want to help the dogs in our care?

  • Donate to the shelter directly here

  • Purchase an item from our Amazon wish list 

  • Check Facebook for info on our most immediate needs.


Your support saves lives.

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