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Frequently Asked Questions



Are you a no-kill shelter?

YES! The SPCA of Brazoria County has proudly operated as a no-kill facility since 2016. Our shelter achieves a “live release rate” of at least 90% of animals who come into the shelter’s care. No-kill does not mean No Euthanasia; euthanasia is reserved for only the terminally ill or injured and animals too aggressive for rehabilitation.

I just discovered my lost pet is at your shelter. How do I get him back?

The SPCA of Brazoria County is located at 141 Canna Lane in Lake Jackson. The first thing you need to do is come to the shelter to identify your pet. The shelter offers extended hours for owners to search for lost pets. You may come any time our employees are present in the building, which is every day from 8 am until approximately 5 pm. Once you are sure your pet is in our shelter, one of our team members will discuss our redemption policies with you. When an animal is brought in to the animal shelter as a stray, there is a $55 fee to reclaim it. There is an additional $15/day boarding fee if it is not reclaimed the same day. You also must provide proof of current rabies vaccination. If you do not have a current rabies vaccination, you will be charged $25 to bring your pet’s rabies vaccination current, per law.

If your animal was found at large, the cities’ animal control officers can issue a citation at their discretion because it is a violation of city ordinance for your pet to be at large. Returning the animal to the owner rather than bringing it to the shelter is also at the animal control officer’s discretion. Animal control officers do not work for the SPCA of Brazoria County. They are employees of their city’s Police Department. Any questions or concerns regarding animal control officers should be addressed to the chief of police of the city where the animal control officer works.

Why do you charge fees for owners to reclaim their pets? What happens if my lost pet is there for a long time before I know it’s there?

The reclaim fees help offset the expenses of running the shelter. Remaining costs are funded by participating cities who contract with the SPCA of Brazoria County. The majority of our expenses are covered through fundraising, grant writing, and the generosity of our community.

All of us, including all of the animal control officers from our partner cities, WANT EVERY ANIMAL TO GO HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We work tirelessly day in and day out to get these animals off the streets and into a safe place and then back to the owners when possible. None of us can act outside the scope of the law. If we are not able to return the animals to the owners, we get them adopted into new families as soon as possible. We don’t want any animal to have to stay in the shelter one minute longer than necessary. Under County ordinance, animals are only held for reclaims for 72 hours or 5 days in the event that they are wearing a current rabies tag, city license tag, or are microchipped. We cannot hold them any longer than this because we do not have sufficient space. As soon as the hold period is up, we try as hard as we can to get them adopted as quickly as we can.

My pet is missing, but it’s microchipped. Will you call me if he comes to your shelter?

When animal control picks up an animal, they should scan it for a microchip. Sometimes, if they can reach you right away, they will return your pet to you without ever taking it to the shelter. If your pet does arrive at the shelter, SPCA staff scans it again within 24 hours to ensure every pet is scanned. Each pet is scanned again before final disposition (adoption or euthanasia), to be sure that there was not a mistake. If your pet is microchipped, please be sure that you keep your contact information updated with your microchip company. Also, please make sure that your phone numbers are set up to receive voicemail.

Is there a veterinarian on staff at the shelter?

No, we do not have a veterinarian on staff at the animal shelter. We contract with local veterinarians to provide spay/neuter services at our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Freeport. We have several full-time veterinary technicians who provide simple medical services to our shelter pets, including vaccinations, a brief health assessment, internal parasite screens, and heartworm tests for dogs. All of our shelter team members monitor our shelter pets daily for any signs of illness or injury. If an animal at the shelter is ill or injured, our shelter team will assess the injury and/or symptoms and provide pain relief and antibiotics as necessary. If any animal is severely injured or very ill, and if we have funds available, we may arrange for care at a local veterinary hospital. We rely strictly upon donations set aside for this purpose. When you adopt an animal from our shelter, your new pet will qualify for a free wellness exam from one of our partner veterinarians. We strongly urge you to set up this appointment within three to five days of adopting your new pet. In the event that your veterinarian discovers a health issue that you are unable or unwilling to treat, you may return the pet to the shelter within ten business days. You will not receive a refund, but you will have up to a year to choose a different pet to adopt.

Will my pet become fat?

Just like people, pets become overweight when they eat too much and/or exercise too little. An appropriate diet and sufficient activity will keep your pet slender and healthy.

I found an orphaned/injured baby raccoon (bird, possum, or any other wild life). What should I do?

Our community is fortunate to have a very skilled group of volunteers specifically trained to provide rehabilitation to wildlife. Please contact Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue immediately with any questions or concerns about wildlife.

What is parvo and how do I treat it?

Canine Parvovirus is a gastrointestinal disease primarily impacting puppies, but adult dogs can get it too. The most vulnerable ages are six weeks to five months. Parvo is highly contagious and can live in the environment for years. Beginning symptoms are depression, vomiting, and diarrhea. Puppies often have severe stomach pain, which causes them to have a “tucked-up” stomach, which is sometimes the first thing you will notice. This is the classic look of a puppy with parvo.

parvo puppy

Notice how the tummy is pulled in tight and the back is curved with the head held low.  Any puppy that has an abrupt onset of vomiting and/or diarrhea should see a veterinarian immediately for diagnosis. Dehydration can set in very quickly, so symptoms indicating parvo should always be considered an emergency. Parvo can be treated with IV fluids and medication to control the symptoms. Antibiotics are also usually prescribed to prevent bacterial complications. If your puppy gets parvo, you must sanitize everything the puppy touched before you add another dog or puppy to your household. Sanitize all areas with a bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 32 parts water and leave the bleach on the surface for 20 minutes before rinsing. The best way to protect your dog or puppy from contracting parvo is to follow your veterinarian’s vaccination guidelines. We follow a very aggressive vaccination schedule with the puppies in our shelter by vaccinating orphaned puppies at 6 weeks and every two weeks thereafter. Puppies that are with their mother are vaccinated at eight weeks and every two weeks thereafter. If you adopt a puppy from our shelter, we will give you his vaccination records. You should schedule your puppy’s free wellness exam with one of our partner veterinarians as soon as possible and continue your puppy’s vaccinations according to your veterinarian’s recommendations. To prevent the spread of parvo within the shelter, we vaccinate all dogs at the time they enter the shelter with a canine parvovirus vaccine and sanitize all animal areas with a bleach solution daily.

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Is your pet lost?

Check at the SPCA of Brazoria County every two or three days and fill out a Lost Pet form to post on our bulletin board. Below are some tips for finding your pet, but also see below for other shelters.

  1. Make sure you always include good contact information. A mobile phone number is usually the best way for people to reach you.
  2. The Facts newspaper runs free lost and found pet ads. Call them at 979-265-7401.
  3. Post on Facebook! Post it on your own page and ask your friends to share.
  4. Please check out this website for some wonderful tips to help you recover your lost pet:
  5. Post your Lost Pet Flyers and information on the following Facebook pages:

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