Our shelter has more than 500 available cats and dogs every day, so we’re sure to have the right pet for your family. At Austin Animal Center, you can find all breeds, ages, and personality types. You can now can schedule an adoption appointment online to visit our animals in person!
Adoption appointments are for visiting animals currently at our shelter. Animals showing as IN FOSTER in their profile are not at the shelter, and therefore you don't need a shelter appointment to visit them (because they're not here, right!). If you are interested in a pet who is in a foster home, fill out a Visitor Profile and our team will provide you with information to contact the foster parent to learn more about the pet and set up a meeting.
Steps to Adopt During COVID-19
1) Browse our adoptable pets to find a few that you are interested in learning more about*. Make note of their animal IDs (Ex. A123456).
2) If the pet/s you are interested in are in foster care, please complete a Visitor Profile and our team will provide you with information to contact the foster parent. An appointment is not needed for animals in foster!
4) Check your email for a confirmation (including your spam folder!). Please read the entire email, as it contains very important information that you will need to know before arriving to your appointment.
5) Come to your appointment! Arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your scheduled time to get an introduction to the process. During your visit, adoption counselors will be available throughout the shelter to answer questions and if you’re ready, we can process an adoption that day!
*Please keep in mind while browsing available pets on our website, that their availability can change at any moment. A pet could be adopted, reclaimed by their owner, transferred to a rescue or made unavailable due to severe medical or behavior issues. We recommend choosing a few animals you'd like to learn more about and meet.
To see cats who need you most, visit our Cactus Cats page!