The 5 best places in Austin to adopt a pet 

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The 5 best places in Austin to adopt a pet 

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Bellm family dog named Scout, a 4 year old Australian labradoodle, plays with the Walters family dog named Prince Rogers Nelson, a 10 month old maltipoo, at the Bellm home in west Austin, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Walters family lives in Tomball, a suburb of Houston, and escaped Hurricane Harvey by staying at the Airbnb of the Bellm family. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Whether you’re thinking about adopting your first pet or you’re wanting to add another furry friend into the mix, check out our list of the best places in the city to adopt a pet. 


  • Austin Humane Society: This nonprofit organization makes it easy to adopt your next pup. Just show up at the facility and one of its adoption counselors will help you pick your perfect match. 
  • Austin Pets Alive: Check out APA’s website for cute bios and pictures of all the pets available for adoption. There’s even a “featured pets” section that we guarantee will make you want to adopt a pet sooner rather than later. 

  • Austin Animal Center: For a flat fee of $75, you can take home a new best friend. The adoption fee covers spay or neuter surgeries, vaccines, a microchip and a collar.  
  • PAWS for Austin: PAWS has a vast array of dogs but specializes in Great Danes. So if you’re wanting a huge addition to your family, visit PAWS in Austin. 

  • Austin Dog Rescue: According to its website, Austin Dog Rescue picks up mix-breed dogs that aren’t chosen from other adoption centers in the hopes that they’ll find a home, too. (P.S. the dogs are adorable, and there’s one named after singer Lenny Kravitz that’s looking for a home.) 

Austin is a pet-loving city (if you’re needing proof, head to Zilker Park or any other outdoor place in the city) so join in on the fun and get your own -- or another -- four-legged friend. 

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