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Pick a pet, save a life.

A dog. A cat. A cat who chases dogs. A dog who snores like a cat. It really doesn’t matter. Just adopt. They all need homes, they’re all perfect, and they’re all waiting. Had a bad day? What bad day? Spilled a snack? Here, boy! Need a hug? So do they.

On Monday, June 7th, we will begin offering two adoption options: in-person appointments and virtual appointments! Keep reading to learn how this new process will work.

In-person appointments:

Want to visit our animals in person? Now you can! An appointment is required for in-person browsing and visitations. All visitors will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, and parties are limited to a maximum of five people. At your appointment, you will have a set time to browse available animals in their kennel, learn more about them from our adoption counselors, and visit with up to three adult animals one-on-one. If you find a match, we will handle paperwork and payment during your visit and either send you home with your new pet or schedule a return pick-up time if the animal is not yet spayed/neutered. Visitors will be able to select from any animal available at the time of their appointment but cannot reserve an animal ahead of time. A foster trial will be offered for select animals.

For in-person visitations, please complete our application and be sure to select “In-person”. Please note: You will not have the opportunity to reserve a specific animal or visit animals under six months of age. You are welcome to browse our adoptable animals ahead of time by clicking the links below, but we cannot guarantee availability of any animals at the time of your appointment.

Virtual appointments:

If you would like to reserve a specific animal or are planning to adopt a puppy or kitten, then the virtual option is the route for you! At your appointment time, a staff member will call you to review the information provided on your application and share all the medical and behavioral information we have on that animal. We can email additional photos or arrange a Zoom video call after the phone portion as needed. Adopters should allow about 15-30 minutes for this process. If all goes well, we will then offer a one-week Foster-to-Adopt trial for adult animals, so you have a full week to get to know your new pet before finalizing the adoption. After the virtual adoption counseling appointment, we can complete all necessary paperwork via email. We will then schedule a curbside pickup at the shelter.

The first step of our virtual process is to browse our adoptable pets at here. Once you have selected a specific animal you are interested in, please complete our new online application, then email adoption@austinhumanesociety.org to schedule a virtual adoption counseling appointment. Please note that we cannot reserve an animal for you until you have completed an application and confirmed an appointment time for a virtual counseling session.

Adoptable Cats

Adoptable Dogs

Adoption Fees

When you adopt from AHS, you’re not only saving a life, you’re also saving a lot of money. At AHS, our adoption prices vary according to the age, breed, and size of an animal.

Our most popular breeds have higher adoption fees in order to leave a financial legacy for animals in our program that need specialized medical care or training in order to find a loving home.