About the Regional Animal Shelter in San Marcos
Residents of Hays County are served by a Regional Animal Shelter located in San Marcos. The animal shelter is both the stray intake and rabies quarantine facility for all of Hays County, and is progressive about placing animals for adoption and rescue. Learn more about the shelter on the City of San Marcos website. The main phone number is 512.805.2650.
The Animal Shelter Advisory Committee provides advice involving compliance with state laws that regulates the animal shelter and animal welfare.
1 licensed veterinarian
1 city official
1 person whose duties include the daily operation of an animal shelter
1 representative from an animal welfare organization
1 resident of the city or the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction
1 person appointed by the City of Kyle
1 person appointed by the City of Buda
1 person appointed by Hays County
*With the exception of the persons appointed by the County, Buda, and Kyle, the committee will be appointed by the city council for staggered terms of three years.
In addition there are nonprofit animal rescue groups throughout Hays County, many of which can be found in phone directories and on the Internet.
For free and/or low-cost spay/neuter and other animal services in Hays County contact:
Pet Prevent A Litter (PALS) of Central Texas
www.PreventALitter.com 512.754.PALS (7257)
In addition to spay/neuter services, PALS through its Pet Pantry provides food for pets and keeps them in their homes. The Community Cat program provides assistance and classes for Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain (TNRM). Humane Education program teaches kindness, pet care and responsibility to children.
www.emancipet.org 512.587.SPAY (7729)
EmanciPET offers wellness and spay/neuter services. To make an appointment, click on Spay/Neuter at the top of the EmanciPET page. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic created staffing challenges for Emancipet and it is not possible for the organization to maintain its Central Texas Low-Cost mobile clinics at this time. From the Emancipet website: “We hope to return to communities throughout Central Texas soon, but do not have a definitive return date. In the meantime, if you are in need of our services we invite you to visit our clinics in Austin, Pflugerville or Killeen.”