San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter

Adoption Center

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 City of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is the stray animal open-intake facility for all of Hays County. This means we accept lost and owner surrendered animals from all cities within Hays County. Before surrendering an owned pet, please see the resources and information on this page: https://www.sanmarcostx.gov/1559/Surrendering-a-Pet 

*CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY WHILE CITY FACILITIES ARE CLOSED*

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.

ADOPTION CENTER HOURSRECEIVING/RECLAIM HOURS
Mon  12:00 pm to 7:00 pmMon 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tues  12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tues  8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wed   CLOSEDWed 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thur  12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Thur  8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Fri 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sat  CLOSED
Sun  CLOSEDSun CLOSED


Our facility is approximately 15,000 square feet with an Adoption Center and a Receiving/Reclaim Office. The services we offer include Animal Control service for San Marcos city limits, a Volunteer Program, Public Education, and a regular host location for Emancipet, a low-cost spay/neuter service.

The San Marcos Animal Shelter is a proud partner of PetSmart Charities, the PetCo Foundation, Best Friends, and Maddie’s Fund, and participates in a variety of adoption and outreach events. Some of those include:

  • PetSmart Adoptions
  • San Marcos Mutt Strutt
  • Pet Fest

Animal Services is a resource for the community. We aim to promote responsible pet ownership and a high standard of animal welfare. If you have any challenges in keeping or caring for your pets properly, please contact us.

Location/Directions

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is located east of IH 35, at 750 River Road, approximately 1 mile south of Highway 80 in San Marcos, Texas.

Driving Southbound on IH 35

  • Take Exit 205 and turn left on Highway 80 (Hopkins Street).
  • Turn right at the light at the corner of Walmart, onto River Road.
  • Go about 1 mile and we are located on the left side of the road.

Driving Northbound on IH-35

  • Take Exit 205 and turn right on Highway 80 (Hopkins Street).
  • Turn right at the light at the corner of Walmart, onto River Road.
  • Go about 1 mile and we are located on the left side of the road.
Map of City of San Marcos with Animal Shelter