Puppies and other highly-adoptable dogs (small dogs or desirable-breed dogs) at APA! are very high in demand and usually have several interested adopters. Inquiring about a dog, meeting a dog, and even applying for a dog does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt the dog. Only one household will be able to adopt each dog, which means all other interested households will inevitably and unfortunately be disappointed. Please consider this in your search and set your expectations accordingly. Please also consider that adult dogs do not typically have competing adopters, and they need furever homes, too! Additionally, APA! does not allow the adoption of dogs who are related (e.g., littermates or mom and pup) to the same household for behavioral reasons.
Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a dog, have relevant consultations, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours in total.
Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.
You must be at least 18 years of age.
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.
An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.
Our adoption fee varies per dog depending on age, breed, and/or medical condition(s). This fee includes:
Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional $100 refundable deposit is required for all dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered.)
Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older
Lifetime behavior support
Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.
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