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Extra! Extra! Read all about these fantastic fifth-graders!


The fifth grade class at River Oaks Baptist School has made headlines in our hearts. At the beginning of the year, for the past several school years, the fifth grade class has been challenged to collect as much newspaper as they can to donate to the Houston SPCA. Their yearly service project yields stacks of paper to help keep the animals’ kennels comfortable and clean. This year these spectacular students collected SIXTY-SIX BOXES full of newspaper! These eight amazing representatives of the class had the opportunity to visit the shelter and even get a tour as a token of our gratitude.


And that’s not all! After learning about child labor laws of the early 1900s, all of the students in the class work with their parents to come up with house chores for which they’ll get paid, and then they donate their earned wages to the Houston SPCA. We applaud River Oaks Baptist School for teaching their students to be responsible and humane young citizens and we’re honored to be on the receiving end of their continued generosity.

Way to go, kids!


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Thank you Herrera Elementary and Nottingham Elementary!!

Today I want to give special thanks to a couple of amazing Houston-area elementary schools!

The Houston SPCA would like to thank the Herrera Elementary Green Goat after school program for their fantastic fundraising efforts and their donation of approximately $300 to the Houston SPCA!

From their teachers:

“The students planned and organized the fundraiser themselves. They learned a little bit about the Houston SPCA during their after school program and they had questions about what the animals need and how we could help them.

 The students created flyers and posters to hang around the school advertising a bake sale, and describing what the funds were going to. The students convinced their parents to donate baked goods (either homemade or store bought). After school, the kids sold baked goods all around the school campus. The parents had brought in so much food that we were able to sell for two days instead of just one as we had originally planned.

 The kids were really excited about raising so much money knowing that it would help the animals in need.”

The Herrera Elementary Green Goat after school program is brand new, beginning in September of this year. They focus on environmental and community issues. This is a wonderful group of kids and we appreciate them so much!

Thank you again, Herrera Elementary Green Goat program!

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The Houston SPCA would also like to thank Nottingham Elementary school for their awesome donation to the Houston SPCA!

As part of their ‘Acts of Kindness Week,’ Nottingham Elementary had a wish-list drive throughout their entire school and donated two full cart loads of in-kind items such as newspapers, toys, treats, beds, and food. We are so proud of their efforts to help give our animals a second chance at life.

We cannot express how much we appreciate the efforts of the children at Nottingham Elementary school! Thank you!!

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Would you like to contribute to their efforts? Donate now at !

Want to start a donation drive at your school? Check out our wish-list of all the items our shelter needs: