Thank you for choosing adoption! PAWS has multiple adoption locations so please use the location menu and location instructions on the links below to find your perfect fit. 

*ATTENTION:   In an effort to keep our staff and adopters safe and healthy, we are doing adoptions by appointment only. If you are interested in adoption, please fill out an application and our staff will get you scheduled to meet the pet of your choice. 

* In light of COVID-19, we are currently waiving the rule requiring all family members visit for the meet and greet. If adopting a dog, we do require that you bring any current dogs in the home. 

Please be aware that all household members, including roommates, children, and other dogs (if adopting a dog), will need to do a meet and greet before the adoption process can be completed. It is recommended to fill out an application in advance if you intend to drive a long distance.

Adoption PhotoThere are three ways you can meet the animals from our shelter:

  • View photos and descriptions of our animals online.

View all cats here   |  View all dogs here

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas has helped find permanent, loving homes for thousands dogs and cats. If you are interested in adopting a new pet, PAWS will help find a match for you. All that we ask is that you give our animals happy, loving, forever homes.

We encourage you to talk to our staff about the kind of pet you are looking for. They know the animals and will help you find your personality match. If you find a dog or cat that you like, then we encourage you to spend some time bonding with them before you make up your mind. We have special areas at the shelter where you can walk and play with them to get to know them better.

Once you make a decision to adopt we will ask you to fill out a Dog Adoption Application or  a Cat Adoption Application and an adoption contract. Because we love every dog and cat in the shelter, we, quite naturally, screen applicants to help make sure that each pet goes to a permanent and loving home.

What's Included in the Adoption Fees?

The adoption fees cover the shelter and care of the animals and help us continue on our mission.

Dogs ready for adoption have had health and behavior screenings, been treated or vaccinated for fleas, ticks, hookworms, roundworms, heartworms, kennel cough, distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza, and rabies. All dogs have been spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

Cats ready for adoption have had health and behavior screenings, been treated for fleas, ticks, worms, ear mites, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panlekopenia, and rabies. All cats have been spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

PAW UP Training Program

Thanks to a generous grant from The Petco Foundation, we are able to provide personalized, in-home behavioral and training assistance to new dog adopters, if the need should arise.

Post-Adoption New Pet Check

We recommend you visit a veterinarian for a thorough exam within three days of taking your new pet home. We'll be happy to help you find a vet in your area if you do not already have one.

Transition Assistance

If you have other animals at home, ask us for suggestions on how to transition your new pet into the group. Thank you for providing a loving home, and we hope you and your new companion will have a happy life together!

Pets for Patriots

Pets for Patriots helps United States military veterans adopt a new pet friend while giving the most overlooked shelter dogs and cats hope and a home.

To promote the human-animal bond and reduce the chance of adopted animals being surrendered to shelters, Pets for Patriots provides veterans with various benefits to make pet guardianship more affordable over the life of the pet, including ‘welcome home’ contributions for pet food and other essentials, access to high-quality, discounted veterinary care, and discounts on a range of pet-related goods and services. Click here to learn more and apply. Individuals who provide proper documentation via Pets for Patriots qualify to have their adoption fee waived.