Adoptable Animals

How does the Adoption Process Work?

The adoption center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. 

1. View available pets online by clicking the "ADOPTABLE ANIMALS" button above.

2. If the pet you are interested in says (FOSTER) after the name or ID# it is not at the shelter. Please email for assistance in meeting this pet.

3. Please complete the adoption application prior to your visit (located on each animal profile's page once you click their picture). This does not obligate you to adopt or guarantee an adoption, but it will speed up the process if you do find a pet you want to take home.

4. Please check in via Waitwhile when you arrive. All members of the party must wear a mask at all times.


What are the Requirements to Adopt?

  • You must have a valid, Government-Issued I.D. and be 18 or older.  You DO NOT have to be a resident of San Marcos or Hays County - we’ll adopt to good homes from anywhere!
  • You must be open to having a conversation with our adoption counselors and volunteers regarding the best pet options for you.  While there is nothing that prohibits pets being kept primarily outdoors, you must have proper fencing and outside housing ready for your pet to keep it protected from the heat and inclement weather. If you need resources for creating a safe space for your pet inside, please ask - we’d love to help! Pets are almost always happier inside with their family.
  • If you rent your home, you must have received permission from your landlord or property manager to have a pet. If a pet is returned because the landlord would not allow it, you will not receive a refund for your adoption fee.
  • If you are adopting a dog, and you or someone who lives in the home owns a dog, we strongly suggest that you bring that dog to the shelter for a meet & greet first to evaluate compatibility.

What are the Fees to Adopt?

Our regular adoption fees are $94.00 for dogs and cats. See adoption staff for adoption fees for pets other than cats or dogs or for our latest adoption specials!

For Pets Other Than Cats or Dogs:

Occasionally, SMRAS will care for pets other than cats or dogs such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds or other small mammals. If you see these pets available on our website, please contact for adoption information and fees.

Adoption Amenities

All adoptions include the following:


  • Physical Exam
  • Rabies Vaccine, FVRCP Vaccine, Dewormer and Flea & Tick Treatment
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip (Includes Enrollment)
  • Dewormed for Roundworms/Hookworm/Whipworm, Flea & Tick Treatment


  • Physical Exam
  • Rabies Vaccine. Bordatella and DHPP Vaccine
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip (Includes Enrollment)
  • Heartworm Test (6 months of age and older) *
  • Dewormed for Roundworms/Hookworm/Whipworm, Flea & Tick Treatment

* Ask about sponsored Heartworm treatment for our Heartworm positive dogs.