Visit our adoption page to see the requirements prior to adopting and what is included with each adoption here.

In most cases, yes. We actually prefer for you to take your new pet home so that he/she can get started being a part of your family. If you know you are in the market for a pet, it is a good idea to have some things ready for your new pet such as bedding, food, bowls, and toys. That way, when you fall in love with the right one, you both will be ready.

Yes, your new pet will have had all of the vaccinations he/she needs up until the point of adoption.  This means that you may have to get more vaccines as they become due but we will have taken care of what they need up until the date of adoption.

Yes, every pet in our program is spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

In some cases, your pet may not yet have been spayed or neutered due to age or medical circumstances.  If so, we will perform a “pre-adopt” in which we place an adoption hold on the animal and allow you to pay the necessary adoption fees. In these circumstances, San Antonio Pets Alive! still has legal ownership of the pet until they have received surgery and will keep the pet in our care until after it has had the surgery.

In general, no. We want potential pet owners to be sure they are ready to adopt. We encourage you to think through the decision before you adopt, rather than after. We are willing to work through any issues that arise and depending on the situation, we may be able to offer an exchange (if the pup you chose doesn’t get along with an existing pet for example) or a partial refund (for extenuating circumstances).

We do trial adoptions in certain situations, usually just for our adult pets. If you are interested in a trial adoption, speak with the counselor at the adoption event about your situation. You will be required to do all of the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee, but your contract will have a stipulation that entitles you to a full refund if you return the pet to us within a certain timeframe.

We usually don’t do trial adoptions with puppies. Puppies will almost always get along well with the other pets in the home. We would prefer that an adopter be 100% ready and committed to that puppy before adopting. If you have concerns about raising a puppy, please talk to a counselor. You might discover that one of our older dogs will be a better fit for your lifestyle since they are usually much less work than a puppy.

In addition, we do require that you spend at least 30 minutes with your potential adopted pet. If you have others dogs at home, they may also be required to spend that 30 minutes with the potential adopted dog before an adoption application can be completed.

No, San Antonio Pets Alive! focuses solely on the dogs and cats on the euthanasia list at the city municipal shelter.

Before taking to a shelter, please:

  1. Get the pet scanned for a microchip at your closest veterinarian office, pet store or animal shelter
  2. Take clear photos of the pet and post on the following online and social media outlets:
    1. PawBoost
    2. Petfinder
    4. Finding Rover
    5. Next Door Pet Directory
    6. Lost Dogs, Cats and Pets
    7. Lost Dogs of SA

Please reach out to the following no-kill shelters, all intake is based on available space:

  • San Antonio Humane Society (210) 226-7461
  • Animal Defense League of Texas (210) 655-1481
  • God’s Dogs Rescue

If there is no space at the above facilities, please call Animal Care Services at (210) 207-4738.

Low cost vaccinations



  • Spay Neuter Assistance Program (210) 673-7722
  • PetShotz (210) 735-1004
  • Brooks Spay/Neuter Clinic (210) 226-7461
  • SNIPSA (210) 237-9400
  • Animal Defense League (210) 655-1481
  • Animal Care Services

Dental care

  • PetShotz (210) 735-1004

Pet food pantry