Houston Humane Society

Houston, TX   |
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Houston Humane Society

EIN: 74-1340341


The Houston Humane Society is a 501 (c) (3) IRS designated non-profit organization dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the over population of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those brought to us for care.. We do not receive any government funding or operational funds from national animal welfare groups. We operate on the generosity of people throughout Southeast Texas, special events, program services and grants to continue our care for almost 50,000 animals each year.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Gary Poon

Main address

14700 Almeda Road

Houston, TX 77053 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Civic participation

Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Houston Humane Society aims to address the rampant animal cruelty and reduce animal suffering throughout the Houston area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Cruelty Unit

In 2002, Houston Humane
Society became the first and only animal shelter in Texas to hire law
enforcement officers as full-time animal cruelty investigators. Today, the
Animal Cruelty Investigations Program continues to identify neglected,
abandoned, abused, and hoarded animals and bring them into the Houston Humane
Society for care, shelter, rehabilitation, and placement into the happy healthy
homes they deserve.

Population(s) Served

HHS offers reduced-cost animal wellness services and surgeries, Heartworm tests and treatments, $40 spay/neuter services, etc. Open 7 days per week. Spay/neuters require appt. Other services first come.

Population(s) Served

Pets of all sizes, colors, shapes and ages

Population(s) Served

We are open intake and receive many heartworm positive dogs. We can treat the HW but it is costly so we have a fund specifically set up to cover all or part of the cost of the treatments.

Population(s) Served

We are open intake and receive many animals that are not suitable to go up for adoption immediately. Some are too young, too thin, un-social, etc. and need time and care in a private home setting. We are constantly in need of reliable foster homes for our wonderful animals.

Population(s) Served

Companion Camp is for children ages 7-13 to learn valuable life lessons concerning the welfare of all animals. During a typical day, campers receive humane education, interactive show-and-tell from animal experts, veterinarian lessons and observations, fun games, camp crafts, and tons of hands-on time with shelter animals. We have week-long sessions throughout the summer, with different speakers and topics each week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Houston Humane Society Pet Pantry supports Greater Houston residents in caring for their pets by providing pet food and supplies to those well-meaning pet owners needing assistance, especially those falling on difficult financial times.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2018

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care.

The Houston Humane Society strives to help more animals by expanding current programs; keep the Animal Wellness Clinic available to the public; increase adoptions; and continue the growth of programs such as our Animals Crimes Unit.
Programs: We provide numerous animal welfare programs for area residents and their pets, including thousands of pet adoptions, humane education, cruelty investigations, and Houston's best low cost/high volume spay/neuter clinic. In the greater Houston community, HHS was the first (and in some examples only) humane organization to: employ law-enforcement officers to investigate animal cruelty, establish a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, alter every adopted animal before it goes home, use tattooing to signify spay/neuter surgery, microchip every adoptable, and cremate rather than use landfills.

Five year impact report study: HHS performed 51,711 low cost, high quality spay/neuter surgeries, administered 83,987 rabies vaccines, and served 178,229 clients at the HHS Animal Wellness Clinic. In addition, we continue to help 50,000 animals yearly through the numerous programs and services offered at the shelter.


Houston Humane Society
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.20 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Houston Humane Society

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Houston Humane Society

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Houston Humane Society

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Houston Humane Society’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $741,148 $4,615,715 $221,902 $1,674,682 $2,721,916
As % of expenses 15.6% 81.2% 4.0% 28.6% 40.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $523,866 $4,346,819 -$91,051 $1,311,235 $2,374,421
As % of expenses 10.5% 73.0% -1.6% 21.1% 33.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,324,668 $12,536,873 $5,968,372 $6,859,865 $8,841,140
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.9% 135.4% -52.4% 14.9% 28.9%
Program services revenue 63.6% 24.6% 58.0% 54.5% 36.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.5% 0.9% 2.3% 3.9% 2.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 38.8% 73.9% 33.6% 42.3% 54.0%
Other revenue -3.9% 0.6% 6.1% -0.7% 6.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,749,640 $5,682,578 $5,497,073 $5,862,081 $6,729,152
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.6% 19.6% -3.3% 6.6% 14.8%
Personnel 42.9% 32.2% 50.1% 47.5% 44.7%
Professional fees 7.4% 4.5% 4.1% 4.4% 4.7%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 49.3% 63.2% 45.8% 48.2% 50.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,966,922 $5,951,474 $5,810,026 $6,225,528 $7,076,647
One month of savings $395,803 $473,548 $458,089 $488,507 $560,763
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,475,045 $0 $449,227 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $6,837,770 $6,425,022 $6,717,342 $6,714,035 $7,637,410

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 7.0 19.5 5.8 4.2 4.3
Months of cash and investments 14.9 26.9 26.4 27.6 28.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.9 19.3 19.5 21.4 23.2
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $2,779,657 $9,235,580 $2,651,617 $2,060,556 $2,406,972
Investments $3,103,143 $3,505,919 $9,460,582 $11,444,648 $13,546,077
Receivables $0 $14,243 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $13,140,922 $13,290,086 $13,734,072 $13,863,433 $14,047,347
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 25.1% 26.7% 28.1% 30.4% 32.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.1% 1.1% 1.1% 0.8% 1.1%
Unrestricted net assets $14,546,955 $18,893,774 $18,802,723 $20,113,958 $22,488,379
Temporarily restricted net assets $20,933 $2,506,620 $2,101,799 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $838,163 $838,163 $838,163 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $859,096 $3,344,783 $2,939,962 $2,853,581 $2,688,671
Total net assets $15,406,051 $22,238,557 $21,742,685 $22,967,539 $25,177,050

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Gary Poon

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Houston Humane Society

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Houston Humane Society

Board of directors
as of 12/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Connie Cooke

Self Employed

Term: 2012 - 2019

Beverly Brannan

Connie Cooke


Sherry Ferguson

Dr. Cynthia Rigoni

All Cats Veterninary

Gary Poon

Houston Humane Society Executive Director

Jolie Howard

Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/15/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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