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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you are a Travis County Resident, you can get a free microchip and ID tag for you pet.  If your pet is not microchipped and/or does not have an ID tag, please come down to Austin Animal Services during the hours of 11am to 7pm to get a free microchip and/or ID tag for your pet.

All animal bites must be reported to Animal Protection. If medical attention has been received after a bite, download an Animal Bite Report and fax it to 512-978-0617.

Please consult the What to Do about Bats pdf, which will provide all of the necessary information.

You can get pet behavior advice from ASPCA experts 24 hours a day, right from your computer. Simply type your pet’s behavior problem into the easy-to-use database, and you’ll receive step-by-step advice.

Foster

Yes. By becoming an approved foster provider, you are an approved adopter.

The program encourages and empowers foster homes to find adopters for their pets. However, it is not required, and the foster pets are welcomed back at the shelter to be adopted. Foster homes should be able to provide pictures of the animal and information about how the animal behaves to help the shelter match the pets with potential adopters.

Nursing cats and dogs and puppies and kittens are provided with food. Adult dogs and cats - due to their unique dietary needs - are not provided food. All vet care is provided by the shelter while it remains in foster care. Toys, bedding, litter and liter boxes, bowls, crates, etc are expected to be provided by the foster home.

Any illness contracted by owned animals is the responsibility of the foster parent and their own personal veterinarian. All foster animals are screened against certain contagious illnesses, and the shelter’s recommendation is to keep owned animals separated from foster animals to avoid contamination of owned pets.