Welcome to Animal Services


For animal adoptions, please email animaladoptions@sanmarcostx.gov or call 512-805-2657 during the shelter's open hours.

For animal fostering, please email foster@sanmarcostx.gov . For rescues, please email rescues@sanmarcostx.gov

Those dropping off stray animals, owner surrenders, and owner reclaims are encouraged to make an appointment or check in using WAITWHILE.  

If you have found a stray dog or cat, please call 512-805-2655 for resources to help get the pet back home, or check the Lost/Found link on this page.

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San Marcos Animal Services is dedicated to protecting the pets and people of the City of San Marcos. Our mission is to care for, protect and find quality homes for abandoned and neglected animals, aid in the reduction of pet overpopulation, and provide community education for the mutual benefit of animals and people.

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. SMRAS provides internship, volunteer and foster opportunities, adoption and outreach events, owner assistance, low-cost microchips, and referrals for free or low-cost spay/neuter.  

An Animal Protection Officer is available during regular hours of operation and responds to animal emergencies after hours. Calls for service include stray animals, non-domestic or wild animals, deceased or injured animals, bite cases involving people and/or animals, as well as nuisance, cruelty, neglect and welfare investigations.

Implementation Plan:
In December 2018, San Marcos City Council directed staff to develop a plan to achieve a 90% Live Outcome Rate (LOR) at SMRAS. A committee was established early in 2019 and presented the plan to council in June 2019. To learn more about the implementation plan, please click on the link to the left or email AnimalServicesInfo@sanmarcostx.gov.

Look for Lost Pets

Visit the shelter to look for lost pets, or view the lost/found pets reported online.

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