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Let our professional Pet Matchmakers find the perfect pet for you! During your visit, our expert staff and eager volunteers will have an Adoption Conversation with you to learn more about your lifestyle so we can match you with the perfect pet! The process is simple!

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Some animals at our shelter need a little extra time and attention, especially if they have medical or behavioral issues, or they have just been overlooked and have been living at the shelter for a long time. Foster families take these animals into their homes and work with them to become more adoptable. Fosters families check in with the HSCTX Foster Family Liaison every week, and they market their foster animals on social media and at events to help us find them a home as quickly as possible. A foster animal stays in their foster home from 3 days to 3 months. If you have no dogs, no cats, and no kids, and you are willing to commit to an in-home fully supported dog training program, you can join Project Unicorn, an elite group of foster families with a mission to save the lives of our hardest to place animals!

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Nonprofit rescue partners are critical to our lifesaving efforts! They take animals from the shelter and find them loving homes, which allows us to devote more time to the animals that are still here. Some of our rescue partners take animals that are heartworm positive or have significant medical or behavioral issues that make them harder to place in homes. As you can imagine, that is a HUGE help to us!


Please follow our new Facebook page that highlights the animals most in need of rescue, and feel free to share our posts with your favorite rescues.



If you have just 8 hours to spare each month, spend that time walking shelter dogs, making phone calls, or organizing donations. Every act of kindness you do through volunteering helps save lives at the Waco Animal Shelter! You can also volunteer as an Animal Ambassador which allows you to take dogs out on Doggy Daycations around town, or you can keep them for up to 3 nights through our Sleep Over Rover Program, giving them much needed time to decompress from shelter life.

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