November 2016  

   
Animal Summit
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett recently called for a "community summit" to better coordinate the various private and public efforts dealing with the increasing number of abandoned and neglected pets throughout Harris County.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted Emmett's invitation to co-host the event, which was held last month at NRG Center. The two were joined by representatives of city and county health and animal-control agencies. Emmett also invited representatives from animal rescue organizations and others that contacted him about the issue.
The purpose of the summit was to get the city, county and community together to discuss possible solutions to the problem of stray animals. More than 100 people were in attendance to share ideas on preventing and responding to the large number of abandoned and neglected animals in Harris County neighborhoods.
Among those in attendance were representatives from the following city, county, state and community organizations:
4 Paws Farm Houston BARC Foundation Spay – Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
Adore Houston Houston City Council Super Neighborhood Alliance
Animal Justice League South Texas College of Law Texas Division  of  Emergency Management
Best Friends FurEver Houston Humane Society Texas Humane Legislation Network
Brave Bully Rescue Houston Pets Alive Texas Litter Control
Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) Houston PetSet Texas Southern University
Day of the Dogs Houston SPCA Volunteers for Animal Protection
Emancipet K-9 Angels Rescue Westbury Care
Fort Bend Pets Alive! Lola's Lucky Day Rescue    
Frisky Paws Rescue Northside Dawgs    
Harris County Animal Control Peace Love Dogs    
Harris County Public Health Services Red Collar Rescue    
Houston BARC Rescued Pets Movement    
    Save Rescue Coalition    
Several concerns were repeatedly brought up during the two-hour meeting, including the need for more mobile spay and neuter programs, low-cost spay and neuter programs, a central collection point for data accessible by the City of Houston, Harris County and animal shelters/rescue groups, and better education for the public on spaying and neutering pets.
Judge Emmett concluded the meeting by promising that his office would continue to work with the City of Houston, the other governments in the area and private local groups to find better ways to collaborate. Emmett also told the group he would keep them informed of follow-up activities.
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