5 great animals shelters in Austin

December 13, 2021 - 3 min read

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Austin is no exception for saving the lives of vulnerable animals. The city council passed a resolution in 2010 to establish it as a no-kill city —achieving a 90% or higher success rate since 2011 — it now stands as the largest municipality in the United States committed to animal rescue and placement.

When you’re ready to make a match, here are five places where you’re sure to find a love connection.

Austin Pets Alive!

Address: 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Phone: 512-961-6519

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Credit the pioneering and innovative efforts of Austin Pets Alive! for the Texas capital’s status as the largest — and oldest — no-kill city in the United States. By partnering with Austin’s Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive helped reverse the city’s kill rate from 87% in 2008 to track its save rate instead, which now stands at 97%. From dog behavior programs to prepare APA! residents for their new life at home to the nation’s first Parvo Puppy ICU, this shelter is on a mission to eliminate euthanasia at home and abroad.

Austin Animal Center

Address: 7201 Levander Loop

Phone: 512-978-0500

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp

The largest no-kill shelter in the U.S. partners with hundreds of community rescue organizations to help ensure it has space available for pets in need. The City of Austin’s animal rescue agency not only accepts lost and surrendered animals, it also funds spay and neuter surgeries and rabies vaccines for owned pets and community cats and provides free microchips and tags for any pet in Travis County. Austin Animal Center’s dedicated network of over 1,000 foster families and the 500-strong animal corps of volunteers provides the organization the resources to create continuing education classes, host on- and off-site adoption events, provide quality care and overall shelter operations.

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Austin Dog Rescue

Contact: Adoption information

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

The all-volunteer Austin Dog Rescue works with passionate foster pet parents to provide in-home care and training for forever families in Central Texas. Its extensive network of caregivers and volunteers focuses on placing dogs that will respond well in most homes. The organization also works to save dogs with medical conditions and those in high-risk situations. In addition to available dogs, AustinDog.org maintains an expansive online library of resources and provides vetted recommendations for those bringing home a forever friend.

Austin Humane Society

Address: 124 W. Anderson Lane

Phone: 512-646-7387

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Yelp

Since 1952, the Austin Humane Society has placed homeless animals with loving families and served as a valuable community resource with dedicated programming. While adoption fees range from $85 to $150 depending on age, size and breed (free for animals over 5 years old) — new pet parents also receive substantial discounts on initial services, saving more than $430 on vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip and registration, wellness and well-being programs as well as valuable discounts to local pet stores.

Forgotten Friends Mixed Breed Rescue

Contact: Adopt, Foster

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp

This foster-based rescue started in 1999 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2004. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the organization is searching for dog lovers to serve as foster parents, help run the administrative side of its lifesaving work and facilitate the perfect match.

Austin city code requires all dogs and cats to receive a microchip and provide documentation. Free microchipping services are available at the Pet Resource Center at the Austin Animal Center, and low-cost options are available at other veterinary clinics across town.

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