Most shelter pets make wonderful, loving additions to a family. The Animal Shelter usually has a variety of cats and dogs for adoption into new homes, everything from purebred dogs and cats to mutts and mixed breeds of almost every shape and color imaginable.
The application/screening process for potential adopters usually takes about 24 hours except when it falls over a weekend or holiday, and then it may take two or three days. We ask that potential adopters please be patient with us – we are only trying our best to ensure that the homeless pets in our care get the best possible home.
Our basic adoption fee is currently $70 for non-residents and $75 for residents, though we often have promotions that include reduced adoption fees. The adoption fee always includes:
- vaccinations including bordetella (appropriate to species and age)
- heartworm or feline leukemia test (appropriate to species and age)
- de-worming medication
- microchip (a tiny ID tag inserted under the skin, which allows your pet to be returned to you quickly)
- small bag of food
- pet license (for Georgetown residents only)
A few things to remember when considering adopting a pet:
Before you adopt a dog, we encourage you to introduce any current dogs to the one you are considering. If the dogs are not going to get along, we’d rather find that out at the shelter! Please consider carefully before adopting a pet from us or anywhere else. You should be willing to make a fifteen-year commitment to a new pet, providing it with whatever it needs for its physical, mental and emotional well-being for the rest of its natural life. Cats and dogs are totally dependent on us for their needs if they are to have a good quality of life. Puppies and kittens are lots of fun, but remember they will be adult dogs and cats in a year or so.
You can download a .pdf of the Animal Shelter adoption contract by clicking on the link below. You can email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to 512-930-3672, or bring it with you. Applications will usually not be approved until you have met the animal and made sure he/she is a good match for you.