The Pet  Patrol       

The Pet Patrol Mission: Pet Patrol, a people pet partnership, is a volunteer based, 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes the proven health benefits of companion animals and is dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond.  Our mission is to assist limited income elderly and those affected by chronic or life-threatening illnesses in the Houston area by helping our clients care for the pets with whom they share their lives.

The unconditional love of a companion animal is a gift for countless thousands of people living with a challenging illness. Our animal companions provide love, diversion and a reason to get up in the morning. They also provide proven health benefits to their owners.

Description of Services Provided by Pet Patrol, A People, Pet Partnership

  • Free pet food and supplies.
  • Free food delivery
  • Free basic veterinary care such as annual immunizations, vaccinations, and flea control.
  • Free foster care for pets in the event that an owner goes into the hospital.
  • Health and educational information, including "safe pet" guidelines to pet owners.
  • Free transportation to and from veterinary clinics.
  • Work with businesses in the community to provide free grooming.
  • Inform the community about the healing benefits of pet ownership
  • Free spaying & neutering.


Clients:  Any resident of Houston who is able to present a letter confirming that they are frail and elderly or have a life-challenging illness (AIDS, cancer, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, diabetes) and proof of low-income status is eligible to be a client.  The income must be $1,200 per month or lower (the combined income for a couple must be $1,700 or less).    

     Once a client no longer has the animal companions with whom he/she registered at intake, that person will no longer be considered a Pet Patrol client. If new animals are acquired, the person must again proceed through the regular intake process to be considered a client.  


·         Each client will receive assistance for up to two animals only. Ongoing assistance will be provided for these animals for as long as possible.

·         Pet Patrol will not cover any additional animals that may be added to a client's household. Our mission is to help people keep their animals--not to assist people in getting new animals.

·         Except for rare cases in which the animal's health prohibits surgery, all PP animals must be spayed or neutered before they can be activated as a client. If an animal has not been spayed or neutered at the time of client intake, the companion animal will be spayed/neutered within ninety (90) days.

·         Due to potential health hazards for our clients, Pet Patrol will not provide services for animals that are under nine months of age. Reptiles, wildlife, amphibians, primates, ferrets or other animals that pose significant health risks will also be exempt from coverage.  

Annual CertificationAn annual recertification will take place to ensure that all clients are still eligible to receive services. 

Contact Information:

The Pet Patrol
1809 West 14 1/2 Street
Houston, TX 77008

or Maribel Knott at 281-733-7696

Health Benefits Of Animal Companionship

Pets fulfill a basic human desire by offering unconditional love and affection.  They make us feel needed and important by their dependence on us.  They provide unfailing friendship and nonjudgmental companionship.  And best of all, these furry, friends can help us stay healthy and happy!

Research has shown that animal association contributes to: 

Emotional Well-Being

  • Reduced depression and loneliness from having an impetus for nurturance and meaningful daily activities
  • Greater sense of well-being
  • Strong attachment to a pet lessens the effects of traumatic events
  • Reduction of anxiety by providing a relaxing focus for attention
  • Relationship with animal companion continues for adults during times of depression, personal distress, etc. when human social support may be lacking
  • Contact comfort, hugs

Physical Benefits

Increased activity – feeding, grooming, walking the dog

  • Opportunity for fun/play time
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Lower plasma triglyceride and cholesterol levels
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Higher one-year survival rates following coronary disease



"Pet Patrol has made my life manageable with the indispensable help they provide with food and other essentials for my beloved pets. Honestly, I don't know how we would make it without this invaluable resource. Thank you Laura Welch and Pet Patrol for making our ways a little smoother."

Richard M. Chase


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This page was last updated on: January 16, 2016
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