Animal Adoption/Surrender/Reclaim Process

Owner Surrender, Reclaim, and Adoption

The Lampasas Animal Shelter serves as a care and impoundment facility for all stray and misplaced animals in Lampasas City and County. Our number one goal is to get all animals home safely, and to find new loving homes for those animals not reclaimed. We work closely with over 100 rescue groups across the United States to assist us in finding new homes the animals left in our care.

To Surrender

The Lampasas Animal Shelter only accepts animals from residents of Lampasas and Lampasas County. There is no fee to surrender an animal; however it is by appointment only. Please keep in mind that all dogs and cats over 16 weeks of age are required to have a current rabies vaccination at all times. If your animal is not current on its’ Rabies Vaccination, you must have that done before you bring the animal in. All livestock must be approved by the Shelter Supervisor before it can be surrendered. The owner of the animal must bring the animal in to sign the surrender form, and must be over the age of eighteen. Owners will be required to show ID with a current address to prove ownership and residency. Once you surrender the animal, it will become the property of the Shelter and will undergo an adoption evaluation. We cannot make any promises regarding the animal’s outcome and cannot call to notify you if we make the decision to euthanize the animal. Animal surrenders are for animals that would be good adoption candidates.

Please understand that surrendering your pet to an animal shelter should always be a last resort.  Please understand that Staff will do their very best to make room to accept your pet but it will not be the day you call.  We have to be mindful of current space in the shelter if we want to continue on our goal of not having to euthanize animals due to overcrowding. Make sure you allow time to rehome or surrender as it will not be a same day service.  Rehoming the animal outside of the shelter would be better for the animal's mental wellbeing and is always preferred.  Animal shelters were not created to accept owned animals to rehome but rather to assist with lost/found/stray animals as a service of public safety.  The staff can give you suggestions on ways to safety rehome your pet outside of an animal shelter while you wait for space to allow us to intake or offer support/solutions to possibly help or correct the issue leading you to considering rehoming in the first place.  Animals with severe behavioral issues or bite histories will not be accepted into the adoption program.

To Reclaim

If we have one of your animals, please let us know as soon as possible. Animals on impound are held for three days if not wearing any identification and for five days if wearing identification (identification would include a rabies tag, a personalized tag, or a microchip). Proof of ownership is required to reclaim any animal, and a current rabies vaccination must be provided on all dogs and cats.  CHANGE this entire sentence to -Proof of ownership is required to reclaim any animal.  Ownership can be proven in many ways.  Please call staff for more information regarding what is accepted as ownership.  A current rabies vaccination certificate will also be required per state law to verify that the animal is current on its vaccinations.  If your pet is not current or you can't provide this information, you will be given a time period to either provide that proof back to the Staff or get a new vaccination done at your Veterinarian's office to provide to the Staff. 

To Adopt

There is no greater way to help Animal Shelters than to adopt.  You are saving the life of an animal that most likely finds itself at the shelter at no real fault of its own.  Most animals that find themselves at the shelter, came to us as strays with unknown backgrounds. Staff will use their training and knowledge to give their best guess on breed, age, temperament, and health. We do not have a Veterinarian on staff, but we are trained to watch for signs of illness. We will be completely honest with any illness or behavior issues we notice in any of the animals we have up for adoption. We will also try our best to explain the breed’s activity levels to ensure that this animal is a good fit for your lifestyle.  We cannot guarantee the health or temperament of any animals we have available for adoption.  All dogs available for adoption will have age-appropriate distemper/parvo vaccinations, Bordetella vaccinations if old enough, general deworming, and will be treated for fleas and ticks. Our dogs have been tested for heartworms if over 6 months of age. Rabies Vaccinations are required to be done within seven days of adoption, and the spay /neuter is required to be done within thirty days of adoption. Both are at the expense of the adopter if not done prior to adoption. All cats are given age-appropriate distemper vaccinations, general deworming, and are treated for fleas and ticks. Our cats have not been tested for Feline Leukemia or Feline AIDS virus. Rabies Vaccinations are required to be done within seven days of adoption, and the spay /neuter is required to be done within thirty days of adoption. Both are at the expense of the adopter if not done prior to adoption.

Adoption Evaluation

Once an animal has completed its impound time or is surrendered by its’ owner, it will be placed up for adoption, sent to one of our rescue partners, or will be humanely euthanized if animal does not meet adoption criteria (adoption criteria can be found in our FAQ section). In balancing the welfare of the animals with our responsibility to the public we recognize that not all animals are suitable for placement. When the difficult decision is made to end an animal’s life, we perform compassionate euthanasia.