In addition to the volunteer, adoption and foster programs, Austin Animal Center has developed a strong Rescue Partner program by working with more than 180 rescue partners. These organizations network with the shelter on a regular basis and work diligently to help our pets find the perfect new homes they deserve. Approximately 34% of animals in the shelter are transferred to approved rescue partners. The participation of our partners is vital to Austin Animal Center’s live outcome goals.

How to Become a Partner

Austin Animal Center works hard to grow the rescue program by adding new rescue groups to the list of approved partners. Rescue Partner groups are carefully screened, reviewed and monitored by the Center. Austin Animal Center works closely with these approved placement partner organizations to save homeless pets.

A 501c3 designation is not a requirement to become an Austin Animal Center Rescue Partner, but it is taken into consideration as part of the whole approval process. Austin Animal Center does not require a minimum number of transfers from its approved Rescue Partners, nor does it charge a fee for transfers.

For information or to apply, please contact us via email at

Active Partners

Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue

ADAPT Doberman Rescue

All Texas Dachshund Rescue

American Belgian Malinois Rescue

American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue

American Brittany Rescue

American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service (ABARS)

Association for a Pet Adoption Center

Austin Boxer Rescue

Austin Bulldog Rescue

Austin Dog Rescue

Austin Farm Sanctuary

Austin German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Austin Humane Society

Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Reptile Rescue

Austin Sheltie Rescue

Austin Siamese Rescue

Austin Wildlife Rescue

Ay Chihuahua Rescue

Basenji Rescue and Transport

Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas

Bearded Collie Rescue

Big Dogs Huge Paws

Blue Dog Rescue

Bluebonnet Animal Rescue Network

Border Collie Rescue & Rehab

Border Collie Save & Rescue

Boston Terrier Rescue of North Texas

Brittany Rescue in Texas

Bull Terrier Rescue

Bully Ranch

Category 5 K9

Cavalier Rescue USA

Central Texas Dachshund Rescue

Central Texas Rat Rescue

Central Texas SPCA

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue

The Chicken Rescue

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

Devon Rex Breed Club Rescue

Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas

Doberman Rescue of North Texas

The Dog Alliance

Doodle Dandy Rescue

English Springer Rescue America

Fletcher Reptile & Bird Rescue

Freedom Collie Rescue

Fuzzy Friends Rescue

Gold Ribbon Rescue

Good Shepherd Rescue of Texas

Great Pyrs & Paws Rescue

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas

GypsySoul Rottweiler Rescue

Habitat for Horses

Heart of Texas Lab Rescue

Herding Home Animal Rescue

Highland Lakes Canine Rescue

Hound Rescue of Texas

House Rabbit Resource Network

Houston Chow Chow Connection

Houston Collie Rescue

IDOG Rescue

Irish Setter Rescue of North Texas

Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation

Kendalleise Rescue Ranch

Lil' Paws Maltese Rescue

Lone Star Aussie Rescue

Lone Star Boxer Rescue

Lone Star Westie Rescue

Lucky Lab Rescue & Adoption

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston

National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network

National Brussels Griffon Rescue

North American Shar-Pei Rescue

Papillon Rescue of the North East

PAWS of Austin

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

Pooch Savers Rescue

Pug Rescue of Austin

Rescue Friends Ranch

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue

Russell Rescue

S'Wheat Rescues & Adoptions

Safe Haven Animal Rescue

Safe Refuge of Central Texas

Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation

Save Rocky the Great Dane Rescue & Rehab

Schnauzer Rescue of Texas

Search Dog Foundation

Second Chance Cavy Rescue

Service Dogs, Inc

Shadow Cats

Small Chance Rescue

Small Paws Bichon Rescue


South Central Bloodhound Club

South Texas Aussie Rescue

South Texas Boston Terrier Rescue

Southern States Rescued Rottweilers

Southwest English Setter Rescue

Tender Loving Crested Rescue

Texas Airedale Rescue Team

Texas Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association

Texas Cattle Dog Rescue

Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue

Texas GSP Rescue

Texas Humane Heroes

Texas Husky Rescue

Texas Sporting Breed Rescue

Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue

Tri-State Keeshond Rescue

United Yorkie Rescue

Wee Rescue

Weimaraner Rescue of Texas

Westie & Scottie Rescue Houston

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue

Updated February 2024