Browse Available Pets

Austin Animal Center has wonderful pets looking for good homes. If you think you’re ready for the responsibility of adding a pet to your family, visit the Center or browse our adoptable pets online.  If you are looking for your lost pet, visit the Lost & Found page instead.

With more than 500 available cats and dogs every day, we’re sure to have the right pet for your family. At Austin Animal Center, you can find all breeds, ages, types and personality types.

Browse Available Pets

Steps to Adopt During COVID-19

*Due to COVID-19, our adoption process has changed*

1. Browse available pets above and make note of their animal ID number.

2. For pets in-shelter, email ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov to schedule an appointment to visit the shelter. For pets in foster care, complete a Visitor Profile, then email animal.customerservice@austintexas.gov to be put in touch with their foster family.

3. Wait for further instructions! Staff will email you back with instructions about how to meet your potential new family member. 

 

 

Steps to Adopt

*AAC is currently CLOSED due to COVID-19. See steps above for adoptions*

Visit the Austin Animal Center any day from 11am to 7pm.

  1. Stop in at the front desk to pick up a map of the facility to ensure you see all the animals available for viewing. 

  2. Meet and greet available pets and select the right match for your family.

  3. Once you have found the pet you want,  you can meet with an adoption counselor to learn about the pet.

  4. If the animal is available and already spayed or neutered, you can complete your adoption and bring your new pet home. If your pet needs to be altered, you will come and pick up your pet after it has been altered.

Adopting a Pet from Foster

Some of our animals may be at a foster home.  To adopt an animal in foster you must complete a Visitor Profile. Once your profile is complete, you can contact the shelter at animal.customerservice@austintexas.gov and request the foster parent’s email to follow up with the foster directly.

Pets in our foster program are not on a first come first serve basis. The foster parent(s) may take several applications and meet with different applicants before they decide which would be the best fit for that particular animal.

What to Bring for Adoptions

All you need to bring is a valid photo ID when you're ready to adopt. We accept Driver's license, US or International passport, Government or other official photo identification, and Mexican Consulate Cards.

Fees

AAC accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards except American Express. The adoption fee for cats and dogs is $75 and includes the following:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Vaccines including the rabies vaccine if the pet is over four months
  • A HomeAgain microchip
  • An adjustable, nylon collar and tag (dogs only)

Important Documents

Other Important Information

Animals can be adopted during their state-mandated three-day stray hold. If you choose to adopt an animal on stray hold, you agree:

  • ​The adoption will be voided if the animal is reclaimed during the stray period.
  • If the animal is not picked up on the agreed-upon date and time (arranged at the time of adoption), custody will revert back to Austin Animal Center.
  • To adopt any animal, you must come to the shelter in person. You cannot ‘hold’ an animal by calling or emailing.
  • If an animal with a confirmed adopter is reclaimed, our team will contact the adopter immediately to let them know.
  • Animals that appear online are not necessarily available for adoption. If you are interested in a certain animal, the best thing to do is come to the shelter and see if that animal is still here and available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adoption Groups

Specialty groups work to help our most at-risk animals.

The Desperate Housecats program has saved the lives of more than 1,700 of the center’s most difficult-to-adopt felines.

The Classic Canines group facilitates the adoptions of senior pets that have been displaced from their homes.

The Orange Dot Crew advocates for and works with dogs who struggle the most with shelter life.