About HHS

Gary's Bio


Gary Poon, President and CEO


Gary Poon has been an essential team member of Houston Humane Society since 1998.  Upon  earning a degree in Finance from Baylor University, he accepted the position of Director of Finance.  The scope of his responsibilities expanded to include human resources, shelter management, fundraising, strategic planning and special projects. In 2019, Gary accepted the honor of becoming Executive Director. 


As President and CEO, Gary's personal mission at HHS is to end animal cruelty, overpopulation, and grow and improve the organization's programs such as humane education, community outreach, adoptions and maintain a high-quality low-cost animal wellness clinic for the public. 


With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gary quickly responded to the financial impacts felt upon the community of pet owners in Houston, TX and started a free pet food program called the Pet Pantry. Since mid-March 2020, the Pet Pantry has given over 220,000 lbs of pet food to pet owners in need in Houston, TX and surrounding areas, keeping thousands of pets with their owners and out of shelters.