In Austin we love our pets—whether of the exotic variety, the kind that help us exercise or just the good ol’ man’s best friend type. In a city that loves its pets (a whopping 48% of Austinites are pet owners!) and also loves giving back to the community, it’s no wonder that there are so many options for animal lovers.

In the spirit of giving back, SEED has rounded up a list of the city’s favorite pet rescues and how you can get involved.

For the Dogs
Dog lovers rejoice! If you’re looking for a Maltese, we’ve got that. If a Golden Retriever is more your speed, we’ve got that, too. For those who have a specific breed of dog in mind to rescue, check out the list below to find your perfect match:
– Pug Rescue of Austin; how cute are these guys? 
– Gold Ribbon Rescue if you’re looking for a fun-loving Golden Retriever.
– Hound Rescue for a sweet Beagle.
– Lil’ Paws for Maltese and other “little guys;” you can also check out Wee Rescue for other small breed dogs.

– German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas
– PAWS of Austin (Great Dane).
– Love-a-Bull for Pit Bulls (and other similar breeds).
– Cocker Spaniel Rescue
– Italian Greyhound—these are the “little” Greyhounds that sometimes look like Greyhound puppies but are actually their own breed.
– Austin Sheltie Rescue; we like to think of them as “miniature Lassies.”

If you aren’t committed to a certain breed (or size) of dog, here are a couple of options where you can find mixed-breed rescues:
– Forgotten Friends
– Lucky Mutts

For the Cats
Not all pets are dogs. If you’re more of a cat person, check out these websites for information on cat-specific adoption:
– Street Cat Rescue
– The Leisure Cat
– Austin Siamese (for Siamese and Siamese-related cats).

For the Undecided
If you’re ready to adopt but still haven’t come down on either side of the cat vs. dog debate, perhaps a visit to one of these Austin institutions can help you decide, where you will find both cats and dogs (and perhaps the occasional domestic chicken):
– Austin Pets Alive!
– Austin Humane Society
– Pawsitive Karma Rescue

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For all the other Pets
When it comes down to it, almost any pet you can think to own can be rescued in Austin. Here are a few places where you’ll find some “off-the-beaten-path” pets looking for love:
– Austin Animal Center; in addition to cats and dogs, you’ll also find a goats, bunnies and guinea pigs.
– Austin Guinea Pig Rescue
– Texas Reptile and Small Animal Rescue for snakes, lizards, turtles and birds.

How to Help
Great news! These pet-rescue organizations make is super-easy to donate your time or money. Most of their websites have buttons where you can donate directly from the homepage using Venmo or PayPal. In addition, you can shop and support Austin
Pets Alive! through its local thrift store, and several of the rescues have links to Amazon (bookmark the link to your favorite rescue when you shop online).

In addition to monetary donations, you can also volunteer to foster a pet or simply show up and volunteer to take a dog for a walk. Just tailor your giving to what works with your lifestyle!