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Where to adopt a cat, dog or other pets in the Austin area

Maribel Molina
Volunteer dog walker, Cheri Rowden, 58, takes Jesse for walk at the Austin Animal Center on Friday, May 25, 2018, in Austin, TX. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Every animal deserves a loving home. If you're ready to bring a fur-ever friend into your life, shelters across Central Texas are full of potential pets. Most shelters will provide basic health services like vaccinations, spaying, neutering and other screenings before an animal is available to adopt.

Austin Animal Center

7201 Levander Loop

The city-run shelter adopts out dogs, cats and other animals like rabbits. It also doubles as an intake facility for lost and surrendered animals.

Austin Humane Society

124 W. Anderson Ln.

The North Austin shelter has dogs and cats available for adoption and regularly hosts community events to help pets in need.

Austin Pets Alive!

1156 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Adopt a cat or dog at this shelter, which specializes in programs and initiatives to keep Austin a no-kill city.

House Rabbit Resource Network

This nonprofit focuses on finding homes for rabbits and also serves as "a network of house-rabbit enthusiasts."

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

500 FM 150, Kyle; 2965 FM 165 Dripping Springs

With two locations in the Austin area, pet adopters can choose between cats and dogs.

Texas Humane Heroes

10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander

This no-kill shelter offers dogs and cats for adoption and even hosts a "live doggie cam" on its website.

Thundering Paws

12812 Shops Parkway #400, Bee Cave (Cat adoption center)

Based in Dripping Springs, this organization specializes in cats and hosts adoption events. Other animals are available from their foster program.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

1855 S.E. Inner Loop, Georgetown

This shelter has dogs and cats up for adoption and offers other animals like birds, rodents, rabbits and reptiles when available.

Not ready to take on the long-term responsibilities of a pet but still want to help out? Check with each shelter to learn more about their options to foster pets, volunteer service or donate money and supplies.