The Abilene Animal Shelter is a shelter for lost, homeless, and unwanted pets. Strays are picked up by field officers and citizens, unwanted animals can be surrendered by their owners, and very often animals are dumped in areas around town and at the shelter. Our goal with these animals is to provide a clean, sanitary place, out of the weather; provide a good wholesome meal, and give the animal a chance at reuniting with their owner, a new adopter or be placed with a rescue group.


Animals at the shelter maybe for adoption if the stray reclaim time has lapsed or the animal was owner-surrendered. Check with the Shelter to see if the animal is available for adoption.

To Adopt an Animal

  1. Provide valid government issued ID
  2. Fill out an Adoption Profile and an Adoption Agreement
  3. In accordance with Chapter 828 and Chapter 826 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, all animals must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies. You will be issued a citation for failing to do that service agreed upon in the Adoption Agreement.
  4. Pay adoption fees
    • Your adoption fees will provide a voucher to have your animal vaccinated with the rabies vaccine, a City of Abilene License if applicable, and a sterilization voucher. Your veterinarian may choose to charge you more that the value of the sterilization voucher and the rabies vaccination voucher; you will be responsible for the reminder of fees charged by your veterinarian.

All animals are released with a 24hour PetWatch microchip with national registration.

Adoption & Rescue Partners

Adoption & Rescue Partners

Abilene Animal Services welcomes your 501(c)(3) group and depends on your partnership to help us save the lives of countless homeless pets. If you would like to be added to our transfer list, send your organization's 501(c)(3) and a list of authorized transporters to

If accordance with Chapter 828 and Chapter 826 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, all animals must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies. A transfer agreement stating this must be signed at the time the animal is picked up, and proof of sterilization and rabies verification must be presented to update our records.

  • A valid government issued ID is required at the time the animal is picked up
  • Abilene Animal Service's staff reserves the right to choose which animals are available for transfer
Surrendering Your Pet

Surrendering Your Pet

  • Surrendering your pet to the shelter should be your last resort. With more than 9,000 coming through our doors each year, the shelter is at or near capacity on a daily basis. We need your help to keep animals out of the shelter and in homes.
  • Download the Rehoming Information to help find other ways to find a new home for your pet without surrendering to the shelter.
  • Please understand that if you surrender your pet to the shelter, your pet has a chance of being immediately euthanized due to lack of space.
  • If you have made efforts to rehome your pet and have been unable to find another home, you can surrender a pet, BY APPOINTMENT, at the Abilene Animal Shelter. Owners must make an appointment to surrender their pet.
    • To schedule an appointment, call 325-698-0085.
    • Owner surrender appointments are limited to M-F, from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
    • No walk-ins will be accepted.
  • When you come to the Shelter, bring the Owner Surrender Form and any available vet/vaccination records. Please fill out a separate form for each pet.
Bringing a Stray to the Shelter

Bringing a Stray to the Shelter

  • Stray intake hours are Monday-Friday, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Humane End of Life Services

Pet Euthanasia

Animal Services offers owner-requested animal euthanasia at the charge of $20.00 per animal, by appointment only. This process is done by lethal injection. Owners cannot be with the animal while the procedure is being done. You may take the animal back home with you for burial or we offer disposal at no fee and Private Cremations for a fee.