Before going through the adoption process, please make sure you visit our Before You Adopt page so you can make sure you're ready to adopt.
Once you are ready, visit our adoption database to see what animals are currently up for adoption.
View the Adoption Database
Animal Care Services (ACS) does not accept online submission of adoption applications. All adoptions are on a first come, first served basis.
NOTE: Adoptions are processed 30 minutes prior to closing time.
We include the following services in the adoption fee:
NOTE: Pets under the age of four months will need to be brought back to receive their rabies shots.
We offer a 50% discount for qualifying military, agency, clinic or school picture ID. Adoption discounts cannot be combined with reduced fees during events where adoptions fees are reduced.
Generally, no. Most of our pets come in as strays, and we have to hold them for a certain amount of time to allow their owner to come find them. Once the stray search hold is over, we will spay/neuter your adopted pet. You will be called with a pick-up time on the same day the surgery is completed.
We need the person who will be the registered owner of the pet to come in and meet with and apply for the pet. This ensure the best possible outcome for the adopter and their family. It also ensures we have the correct information for the microchip registration.
Since we require a meet and greet, you need to have a trusted individual come and interact with the pet on your behalf. They will need to check in with our adoption staff and let us know they are here as your representative. Once they complete the interaction, and if you decide you want to adopt, we will process the rest of the adoption with you directly via email.
NOTE: You will be responsible for the pick-up and transportation of your new pet from our shelter to you.
ACS does not transport pets, nor do we have transport information to provide you. We need confirmed transportation arrangements at the time of adoption. Additionally, your pet must be picked up for transport within 24 hours of being ready to go home.
No, we do not allow pet adoptions as gifts. What you may find cute and adorable about a pet may not be what your gift recipient is looking for. We recommend that you invite the person to visit the shelter with you. Let the experience of finding their forever pet be a memorable gift they will cherish forever!
Since most of these animals come in as strays from within our community, we cannot guarantee the health of any of our pets. We ensure that they are healthy enough for surgery, and we will not knowingly adopt out a sick pet. We will fully disclose all the medical information we have and we will treat for any conditions we are able to, while the pet is under our care.
NOTE: ACS is not a vet clinic. We are an animal shelter, so our resources are limited. Although we do everything we can for the pets in our care, some may need further diagnostic testing or treatment. This would be through a full-service vet clinic at your own expense, post-adoption. ACS is unable to reimburse you for any services rendered once you have taken your pet home.
You are responsible for taking your pet to your own private veterinarian within two weeks of adoption for a wellness check.
While some of our pets are house-broken and/or trained, a majority of them are strays who may have never been in a home. Even if a pet was previously house-broken, the change in environment can be stressful. They may have accidents or behavioral issues once they get home. A new pet will require training, time, patience, and a lot of love before they become your perfect companion.
ACS takes in thousands of animals every single year. With such a high number of pets coming through our shelter, we are unable to evaluate temperament for all of our pets. This means that we don't know how this pet will get along with other animals, children, or even other adults. We do not guarantee the temperament of any of our pets. which is why a meet and greet is required prior to adoption.
It is Texas law that pets leaving the shelter must be spayed or neutered, unless directed by a veterinarian for legitimate health reasons. Spaying/neutering your pet will help reduce the number of strays who roam the city. In turn, that will reduce the number of pets that have to come to our shelter in hopes of finding a home.
Report a Problem: 3-1-1 or 210-207-6000
General Information: 210-207-4738
4710 State Hwy 151
San Antonio, TX 78227
Monday - Friday: 1 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walk-ins are accepted, no appointments needed.
Map of the Shelter(PDF, 542KB)
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