Austin Pets Alive! | Adopt

Adopt a Pet

Si deseas adoptar o requieres más información en ESPAÑOL por favor escribe al correo: [email protected].

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We are open to the public to visit available animals at our adoption locations:

Dog Adoptions

Town Lake Animal Center
View dogs currently housed at 1156 W Cesar Chavez
If you need help finding the right match email [email protected]

Tarry Town Dog Adoption Center
View dogs currently housed at 3118 Windsor Rd
For more information email [email protected]

Dogs in Foster Care
View dogs
currently housed in foster homes throughout the Austin metro area
Contact us at [email protected] or click the 'adoption inquiry' button in a dog's profile

Cat Adoptions

See our adoptable cats:

In Foster Care
Town Lake Animal Center
Tarry Town Cattery

Know which cat you want to meet?
Email [email protected] with the name of the cat you’re interested in for the next steps on setting up your meet & greet.

Not sure where to start?
Email [email protected] with a short description of what you’re looking for and what your home environment is like.

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We ask that you spend at least 30 minutes with the cat or dog you want to adopt. Please plan on spending more time to fully complete the adoption process.

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Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.

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You must be at least 18 years of age.

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You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

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Adopting a cat? We require you to live within 100 miles of Austin. Adopters outside of that radius are considered on a case-by-case basis for special needs cats.

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Adopting a dog? An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is generally recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per animal depending on age, breed, and medical and/or behavioral conditions. This fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional minimum $100 refundable deposit is required for all animals who are not spayed or neutered yet.)

Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older, and FeLV test on all cats and kittens

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment


Lifetime behavior support

Note: Some pets are transferred into our care due to extensive medical needs and therefore may have a higher adoption fee to help support our continued life-saving efforts.

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.

Want to learn more? Please see our FAQS

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Jan 30, 2024

An Update Regarding City Ordinance Changes

Last week, we shared a promise to help our community better understand how Austin animal welfare is evolving because it is our duty to protect what is humane and right and advocate for progress.

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