Two overcapacity Georgetown animal shelters are offering free adoptions through June 20

A medium sized black and white dog.
Hercules is one of the many dogs up for free adoption by appointment this weekend at Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. (Courtesy Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter)

Hercules is one of the many dogs up for free adoption by appointment this weekend at Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. (Courtesy Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter)

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Jinx is an adult cat up for free adoption by appointment until June 20 at Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. (Courtesy Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter)

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and the city of Georgetown Animal Shelter are partnering to provide free adoptions until June 20.

Both animal shelters are over capacity with medium and large dogs and adult cats. A number of contributors are causing this crisis situation, some predictable and some not, Community Programs Coordinator for WCRAS April Peiffer said.

“[Both shelters are] sort of in crisis mode with the amount of animals we have,” Peiffer said.

Every year WCRAS receives hundreds of kittens during kitten season, which begins in late April to early May, Peiffer said.

The consistent rainstorms throughout May caused many dogs to run away from their homes, and they were taken in by the shelter. These factors coupled with fewer people looking to adopt or foster during the summertime is overwhelming the shelters.

Many residents said they are unable to afford taking care of their pets and are being forced to move, possibly due to the pandemic, said Shawn Gunnin, marketing coordinator for the city of Georgetown Animal Shelter.

“Some people have said they are back to work and no longer have the time to care for a pet they adopted last year when they were home more,” Gunnis said.

WCRAS can comfortably serve 100 dogs, but as of June 17 it has 138. The situation is different for their cats; the shelter can serve 150 cats, but kittens require more attention than the adult cats, Peiffer said.

“Kennel space isn’t necessarily the biggest concern,” Peiffer said. “For us it’s about making sure we are providing the level of care that the community has made very clear they want us to be providing. It’s more about lack of staffing and volunteer ability to care for them and we are understaffed.”

The Georgetown Animal Shelter has 29 total dog kennels, which have been full since May 29, Gunnis said. The shelter has seen a steady increase in cats, going from sheltering 28 cats May 1 to 100 cats June 18.

Adoptions through WCRAS are only free if individuals make an appointment before visiting WCRAS. Without an appointment there will be a $20 adoption fee. Appointments last for half an hour and must be made before 5:30 p.m. The normal $75 adoption fee applies to all other animals. For the city of Georgetown Animal Shelter, only a $5 fee applies to spayed and neutered dogs and cats to obtain a pet license.

To see a list of all adoptable pets visit for WCRAS or for the Georgetown Animal Shelter. Those interested in adopting can email [email protected] to schedule an appointment with WCRAS or [email protected] for an appointment with Georgetown Animal Shelter.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown

Open daily from noon to 6 p.m.

Georgetown Animal Shelter

110 WL Walden, Georgetown

Open Mon., Tue., Thu. and Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m.; closed Wed.

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation and nonprofits. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.


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