How to Adopt a Dog

View available dogs. We want to help you find the perfect dog for you. We will encourage you to spend a lot of time with your potential new pet and require that you spend at least 30 minutes with a pet before filling out an application. Do NOT complete the online application.


  • You must spend at least 30 minutes with the dog you want to adopt.
  • You must fill out our application and meet with an adoption counselor.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who live in the Austin area.
  • You must show a picture ID with your 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 generally recommended for all adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per dog, depending upon age, breed, and medical/behavioral conditions. This fee includes:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Heartworm test on dogs over 6 months
  • First or more vaccinations
  • First or more deworming treatment
  • Microchip
  • Personality evaluation
  • Note: sometimes adoption fees will be higher if a puppy/dog had a lot of medical costs.

Accepted forms of payment include cash, credit/debit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!  We’re sorry; we do not accept personal checks (except for surgery deposits).

Congratulations on your new addition to your family!