PAWS of Austin

Available Pets

Happy Tails! (adopted pets)

Adoption Process

About PAWS of Austin

P.A.W.S. of Austin, (Protection for Animal Welfare Services) is an animal rescue organization, established in Austin Texas for the purpose of helping animals by providing refuge to stray and unwanted companion animals. P.A.W.S. of Austin is dedicated to bettering the quality of life of homeless animals in the Austin area. We rescue homeless and unwanted dogs from the city shelter and throughout the Austin area, and we focus on finding them new permanent and loving homes.

P.A.W.S. also concentrates on promoting public awareness regarding animal welfare issues, pet health care and most importantly, the necessity of spaying & neutering. We visit local schools, churches, and civic organizations in an effort to educate the public about what they can do to help the nationwide epidemic of pet overpopulation. P.A.W.S. is staffed solely by volunteers and fosters. We are not a shelter and do not have a facility or paid personnel. Animals are fostered in our own homes, while receiving any necessary medical attention and routine vetting, until such a time that a new home can be found for them. All funds received through adoptions are used strictly to support and fund rescues, medical needs, vaccinations, surgeries and food.

We would like to continue to provide a quality environment for the many homeless pets that are brought to us, as well as continue to increase the public awareness regarding animal welfare. We believe that our attempts to place homeless animals into good homes help not only the animal but also provide a new owner with a loving companion and possibly a memorable life experience.

P.A.W.S. purpose is to prevent cruelty to all animals by promoting humane standards through education and example, provide care and shelter for homeless animals, aid in the reduction of domestic animal over- population, aid in the enforcement of laws including the investigation of animal cruelty and abuse. Our main goal is to provide the best possible care for the animals while in our custody and find them new permanent, loving homes.

Adoption Process

If you see a dog you are interested in, please fill out the adoption application on our website

If you have a specific question, please e-mail us your inquiry at

If you submitted an adoption application, please be patient. Applications are reviewed in the order they were received. Applications must be fully answered, especially your vet's information. Please be truthful with your answers, as we try to make sure the dog you are interested in is a good match for what you are looking for.

If you were not been contacted within 24 hours, that means: a- there are other application prior to yours b- the dog may not be a good match for what you are looking for, or c- we are extremely busy.

Once we get to your application and if we find you to be a potential match, you will be contacted to arrange a meeting.


Mix Breed Dogs- $125.00
Mix Breed Puppies - $150.00
Pure Breed Dogs- $175.00
Giant Breed Dogs- $250.00
Great Danes Puppies - $300.00

We recently had to increase our adoption fees due to increase of veterinary care and the large number of dogs which we have to treat for Heartworms.

The adoption fee includes vet exam ($25), Rabies vaccination ($9), DHLPP vaccine ($10), Bordetella ($10), spay & neuter ($80-$125), Heartworm test ($15), Heartworm preventative ($8), flea preventative ($6) and microchipping ($25). If the dog is Heartworm positive, we pay for the treatment ($250-$400).

PAWS of Austin endeavors to keep our adoption fee as low as possible. We would like to express our gratitude to our vets who go above and beyond in their efforts to offer us low cost medical service. This helps us to keep our expenses minimal and adoption fees are lower than most other rescue organizations.

The adoption fees that we charge help us to recover some of our rescue expenses, however the expense necessary to ensure that all of our animals are fully vaccinated, tested and treated (if necessary) for Heartworms, spayed/neutered, microchipped, and well nourished while in rescue far exceeds the adoption fees. Also, many of the dogs that are brought into our rescue are in need of additional veterinary care as a result of previous abuse and neglect. It is our mission to ensure that our animals are both happy and healthy before they make the transition into their new forever home.

We hope that this will help you understand the need for our adoption fees. We would not be able to continue to rescue dogs, and save innocent lives, without charging an adoption fee.

If you still think that the adoption fees are too high, please read : "Are Rescue Adoption Fees Too High?" by Joan Freemo.

PAWS of Austin
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