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.

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Steps to Adopt During COVID-19

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

Weekends - Pet Pass
No appointment is needed to visit the shelter on Saturdays and Sundays with our Pet Pass program! Pet Pass helps us limit the number of people in the shelter at one time by assigning a time frame that day for you to come back and go inside. Passes begin being handed out at 10am and are first come, first served. Pet Passes are limited to two people per pass. 


1. Fill out an adoption application.

2. Wait for further instructions! Staff will contact you to setup an appointment to meet potential new family members! *due to the current volume of applications, wait time is approximately 5-7 days and appointments are being scheduled several weeks out. 


To see cats who need you most, visit our Cactus Cats page!

Steps to Adopt During Regular Operations

*AAC is currently BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 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 ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov and request the foster parent’s email to follow up with the foster directly.

Please keep in mind that pets in our foster program are not available on a first come, first served basis, but potential adopters will be considered in the order in which they make contact with the foster care provider.

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.


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.