July 2017  


Harris County Animal Shelter
Receives Almost $750,000 in Donations and Grants

Left to right: Lee Vela, Clear Channel Outdoor; Jan Duncan, philanthropist and Houston
PetSet Advisory Board Member; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Tama Lundquist,
Co-President Houston PetSet; Tena Lundquist Faust, Co-President Houston PetSet
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett recently announced the launch of a new county pet wellness clinic and transfer program made possible by the grants and donations from the non-profit organization Houston PetSet and philanthropist Jan Duncan. The donation of $743,541 to the animal shelter will help the county revamp its clinic services and relocate unwanted dogs from the county to other states that are short of adoptable pets.
The new wellness clinic will provide low-cost spay and neuter, vaccination and flea control services in an effort to reduce the number of animals surrendered to the county shelter by owners unable to afford preventative services and ongoing care. The funds also will allow the clinic to maintain adequate staffing and offer longer operating hours for county residents.
The animal shelter's transfer program has already transferred 224 dogs to Colorado and Minnesota since June. The shelter staff's goal is to transfer around 300 animals a month to shelters with nearly empty kennels.
The Harris County Animal Shelter received additional help through donated freeway and neighborhood billboards from Clear Channel Outdoor to boost awareness about the county's wellness clinic in areas underserved by veterinary clinics.
For more information about the Harris County Animal Shelter and Pet Clinic call 281-999-3191 or visit www.countypets.com.

Harris County ReadyHarris App Receives Award of Excellence

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) received an Award of Excellence for its ReadyHarris app from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) at its annual conference this June.
"We are honored to be recognized by communication professionals from around the state for our mobile app," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "The ReadyHarris app helps our residents better prepare and stay informed during emergencies."
The ReadyHarris app delivers real-time weather alerts, hosts a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes, and locates local emergency services.
"Every minute counts when severe weather, or any emergency, threatens our community," said Emmett. "The ReadyHarris app empowers residents to make a personal plan and receive life-saving information at their fingertips."

Since its release, the ReadyHarris app has been successfully promoted mainly through social media. In just a few months, the app has been downloaded more than 12,300 times. This free app is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play in both English and Spanish.

The TAMIO awards recognize outstanding communication products in various categories including, website, social media, video production and publications. Judging is conducted by non-TAMIO members with expertise in communications and local government.

Harris County Offers Passport Services

Passport services are offered at the Harris County District Clerk's Office in downtown Houston and at four Harris County Public Library locations.

The District Clerk's Passport Acceptance Facility is located in Suite 170 on the first floor of the Civil Courthouse, 201 Caroline St. and open Monday through Friday.

The following county libraries offer appointments and walk-in passport services:
Octavia Fields Branch Library, Humble: Every first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month.

County Freeman Branch Library, Clear Lake City: Every second Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month.

Barbara Bush Branch Library, Cypress: Every third Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month.

Katherine Tyra Branch Library, Katy: Every fourth Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month.
Applicants may call 713-755-1674 to reserve an appointment or to speak with a passport acceptance agent.
Additional information about passport applications and regulations is available at www.travel.state.gov.