The ultimate guide to dog-friendly Houston

December 20, 2021 - 2 min read

Ah, Houston. Home to the Space Center, birthplace of Beyoncé, and proud host of the Texans (both the people and the NFL team).

It’s also home to millions of dogs — and, thankfully, some of the most committed shelter workers, skilled veterinarians, stylish groomers, and spacious dog parks in the US, not to mention a slew of patio-heavy bars and restaurants that value your pup’s patronage just as much as yours.

Without further ado, here’s the ultimate dog-lovers' guide to Houston, Texas.

5 Best Animal Shelters in Houston

Houston is a big city with a big heart for its animals. You’ll find no shortage of shelters and rescue programs dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets. If you’re thinking about adopting a new four-legged family member, consider one of these Houston-based shelters.

5 Places to Meet Your Forever Friend

5 Best Veterinarians in Houston

Our pets are our family members, and they deserve the best. Whether you’re keeping up with preventative care or responding to an illness or injury, Houston has a wide selection of animal hospitals and veterinary clinics ready to offer compassionate, personalized care.

5 Veterinarians to Check Out

5 Best Groomers in Houston

Houston’s warm climate can mean seasonal shedding, muddy paws, and plenty of time spent splashing around in dog park pools. Book an appointment at one of these five groomers and doggy day spas to treat your pooch to some pampering (and a bath).

5 Spots to Get Pampered

5 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Houston

Every season is outdoor patio season in Houston. Whether you’re looking to cool off with a summer cocktail at a neighborhood bar or cozy up beneath a heat lamp with some local foods, these five restaurants and bars welcome both humans and pups to their patios.

5 Spots to Get Fed and Watered

5 Best Dog Parks in Houston

If you’re looking for a place where your furry friend can run off some energy off-leash, look no further thanHouston’s collection of dog-friendly parks. You’ll find no shortage of these spaces in the city, but these rank as some of the most beloved among pet owners.

Where to Let Your Dog Roam Free

Lydia is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in digital content production. She’s written for outlets including USA TODAY, TripAdvisor, and Viator.