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Austin Animal Center has wonderful pets looking for good homes. If you think you’re ready for the responsibility of adding a pet to your family, visit the Center or browse our adoptable pets online.  If you are looking for your lost pet, visit the Lost & Found page instead.

Animal Protection serves the community by defending threatened animals from abuse or neglect, working closely with law enforcement to contain or help aggressive animals, assisting other agencies with wildlife such as coyotes, deer, bats and rodents, and ensuring that City ordinances related to animal welfare are followed.

We rely on hundreds of foster families to provide love and care to our most at-risk dogs and cats.

Visit Austin Animal Center to look for your lost pet as soon as possible. Due to the large number of animals, some may be held for only three days or less after intake. Please visit the shelter every day and search our database to check for your lost pet.

Rabies is a disease that affects the brain in mammals. It’s usually passed from animal to animal but it can be passed between animals and humans. Rabies is caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva. Rabies is fatal if not treated before onset.

TX State Law requires all cats and dogs have current rabies vaccinations.

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In addition to the volunteer, adoption and foster programs, Austin Animal Center has developed a strong Rescue Partner program by working with more than 130 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.

The goals of the outreach program are to reduce shelter intake from targeted zip codes, provides humane education and prevention based intervention, and build partnerships through community events, classes and presentations.

Is your organization hosting an event and want Austin Animal Center to participate? We would love to partner with you to help spread the message of humane treatment of animals and pet adoption!

Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community, and at home. Your donation will be used to provide these pets the extra attention and care they need and deserve.

Surrendering your pet to the shelter should be your last resort. With more than 18,000 coming through our doors each year, the shelter is at or near capacity on a daily basis. We need your help to keep animals out of the shelter and in homes. We only accept pets from Travis County and the City of Austin.

We need the support of hundreds of volunteers to ensure our cats, dogs and other animals get daily exercise and enrichment and are matched up with loving, forever families. Join our lifesaving volunteer team in America’s largest No Kill city and make a difference for homeless pets!