With several off-leash dog parks and a number of restaurants that allow dogs in outdoor dining areas, Austin is the place to own a pet.
Here are some area animal shelters, humane societies and other pet adoption groups to find that four-legged friend.
Austin Humane Society. No-kill, nonprofit animal adoption center with volunteer opportunities. 124 W. Anderson Lane. 646-7387, www.austinhumanesociety.org .
Austin Pets Alive! Nonprofit rescue group that provides foster homes for cats and dogs, off-site pet adoption events and works to create a no-kill community. 961-6519, www.austinpetsalive.org .
Bastrop County Animal Control Shelter. Shelter and adoption services, volunteer opportunities. 589 Coolwater Drive. 581-4080, www.petango.com/bastropanimal shelter .
Central Texas SPCA. No-kill, limited-intake shelter with volunteer opportunities. 909 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. 260-7722, www.central texasspca.org .
Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter/Adoption Center. Shelter and adoption services, volunteer opportunities. 9150 W. RM 1431, Buchanan Dam. 512-793-5463, www.christ-yoder.org .
City of Austin Town Lake Animal Center. Animal protection and control, pet lost and found, adoptions, spay/neuter programs, registration and rabies quarantine. Volunteer opportunities available. Construction of new facility at 7201 Levander Loop projected to be completed by fall 2011. 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. 311, www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/pets .
Elgin Humane Society. No-kill shelter with adoption service and volunteer opportunities. 725 W. Cleveland St., Elgin. 512-285-9636, www.elginhumanesociety.com .
Georgetown Animal Shelter. Provides animal sheltering services and animal control for City of Georgetown residents. 110 W.L. Walden Drive, Georgetown. 512-930-3592, www.petsoftheweek.georgetown.org .
Humane Society of Williamson County. No-kill shelter with adoption services and volunteer opportunities. 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 260-3602, www.hswc.net .
Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions. Nonprofit adoption organization with volunteer opportunities. 20803 RM 1431, Lago Vista. 267-6876, www.lifelongfriends.org .
Lockhart Animal Shelter. Impound and adoption. 547 Old McMahan Road, Lockhart. 376-3336, www.lockhart-tx.org/web98/city departments/animalservicesd.asp .
PAWS Shelter and Humane Society. Animal shelter with adoption and volunteer opportunities. 500 E. RM 150, Kyle. 512-268-1611, www.pawsshelter.org .
Pet Helpers of Austin. All-volunteer organization with adoption services at various locations. 444-7387, www.pethelpers.com .
Pflugerville Animal Control Shelter. Visitors should call to make an appointment before visiting. 1600 Waterbrook Drive, Pflugerville. 990-7387, tx-pflugerville2.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=927 .
Texas Hearing and Service Dogs Inc. Trains dogs for people with disabilities. Adoption and volunteer opportunities. 4803 Rutherglen Drive. 891-9090, www.servicedogs.org .
Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. No-kill shelter with adoption services and volunteer opportunities. Dripping Springs. 402-9725, www.thunderingpaws.org .
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. Adoption services, volunteer opportunities. 1855 S.E. Inner Loop, Georgetown. 943-3322, www.wilcopets.org .