Being cost effective to Adopt and Rescue


Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility but it can take a small chunk of cash out of your wallet. I always advocate adopting from a rescue and animal shelters. There are always dogs and cats in need of a good home.  Here are some places I would recommend you look to first then heading over to Craigslist and Facebook in search of your new best friend.


Keep in mind that rescues and shelters have different adoption processes and can take time before you can bring your new pet home.  Most all shelters and rescues post their adoptable dogs and cats online for easier access for the public to view the animals.

Austin Pets Alive:

  • Austin’s non-profit, no kill shelter has many adoptable pets.


– The dog’s adoption fee varies per dog, depending upon age, breed, and medical/behavioral conditions but for the cat’s they have a set price.


– Under 2 years old: $125,

– 2 years old but under 10 years old: $75

-10 years and older: $25.

APA has promotional deals and ‘name your price’ that goes through out the year.

Austin Animal Center:

  • This is the city of Austin animal shelter and usually has lower prices on adoption than a non-profit animal shelter.

The current adoption fee is $75 for all cats and dogs under 7 years old; cats & dogs 7 years old and over are free.

**The currently adoption deal is $40 to adopt a pet for February.**

PAWS Shelter and Humane Society:

  • Located in Kyle, this is a local non-profit and no kill shelter. Just like Austin Pets Alive, adoption fees tend to be higher than the city animal shelter. They have adoptable pets at their shelter and even area Petco and Petsmarts stores. They will have promotional deals and ‘name your price’ on adoption fees through out the year.

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter:

  • The adoption fees are $90 for all dogs and cats at any age with a $20 deposit. The deposit is applied toward the adoption fee and good for one business day.  The reason is that if the animal cannot be adopted then the $20.00 will become a donation.

San Antonio Humane Society:

  • Located in San Antonio, this shelter is a no kill and non-profit.


25 pounds & under – $99

26 pounds & over – $65


Less than 4 Months – $50

Over 4 months of age – $30

San Antonio Animal Care Services: The city of San Antonio shelter has the adoption fees for:

$81 for dogs/puppies
$29 for cats/kittens

The adoption fee includes (and varies from the item listed from where you are adopting):

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Heartworm test on dogs over 6 months
  • First or more vaccinations
  • First or more deworming treatment
  • Microchip
  • Personality evaluation
  • One month of pet health insurance

Please take your time to look and the process of adopting a pet. It’s a lifetime commitment and every single animal deserves a loving home.


Where can I find affordable pet care?

Having a pet and caring for one can get pricey on a student budget. When your dog needs a rabies shot or your cat needs to be spayed but you have no idea where to begin to look for a vet. I have created a list from area businesses have to offer from Austin to San Marcos and San Antonio:

Animal Care Center of Hays County: Located in San Marcos, the Animal Care Center provides an array of dog and cat medical services from shots, vaccinations and surgeries. They offer a discount to Texas State students on Wednesdays and Fridays after 3:00pm for certain services. Who doesn’t love a discount just for being a student?

Springtown Veterinary Hospital: Is located 10 minutes away from Texas State campus. They are always have coupons in the local newsletter and newspaper. They even provide a $20 discount to new clients. Springtown have everything your pet needs at a veterinary hospital. The hospital also has an online pet medical files that is easily accessible for pet parents.

Emancipet: Emancipet is a non profit clinic that promotes animal wellness services located in Austin and has mobile clinics for Austin residents. They provide low cost spay and neuters, microchipping, vaccinations and many others. Emancipet is not a full service veterinary clinic but if you have a new puppy that needs a few shots then they will be able to help you out.

Vanguard Veterinary Clinic: This San Antonio based clinic is very similar to Emancipet but they have traveling mobile clinics through the state of Texas. Vanguard offers a $35 coupon at their clinic in San Antonio. Their mobile clinics services dogs and cats. They provide low cost vaccinations, heart worm screening and preventatives, feline leukemia and AIDS tests and much more.


Hope this helps on discovering a low cost option on the services your pet needs for healthy life. I encourage you to explore these websites and contact the clinics if you have any questions and concerns.

Just to say Hello..

Hi Everyone!
My name is Erika Hauer. I am currently a public relations major at Texas State. Never blogged before so this should be interesting as the semester goes. 

The reasons for choosing this topic is that many college students own a dog or cat or any creature that fills your heart with warm ooze.  Having a pet and being on a student budget can be tough but there are way and resources that you can take advantage of. I am here to be your guide and advice on money saving tips that will keep your ‘furbaby’ for a long time. 

My goal is to share videos and links that are fun and informational for pet owners. My audience is mainly local college students but anyone who has or thinking about having a pet is welcome here. 

I hope to explore new ways to discuss and share about: animal shelters and rescues including affordable ways to care for your pet.


Feel free to share me a picture of you and your pet!

*Here is my Furbaby(: Melanie*Image