In a nutshell

Austin Pets Alive! will launch a survey Sept. 1 to all Hays County residents and community members for input on the future of the incoming Hays County Pet Resource Center. The center is slated to be around 18,000 square feet with a capacity of around 2,000 dogs and cats annually, according to a news release, and will cost approximately $24 million.

How we got here

Nonprofit animal welfare organization APA partnered with Hays County earlier this year to serve as the project coordinator and help create the new center.

In June 2022, the Hays County commissioners received the results of an animal shelter and animal services feasibility study, which found that a centrally located and easily accessible animal resource center would alleviate mounting pressure on the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

San Marcos' animal shelter is the only publicly operated intake shelter in Hays County and has struggled with overpopulation and overcrowding for years, prompting the study.

Get involved

The new center will provide programs focused on:
  • Public safety
  • Animal safety
  • Animal lifesaving
  • Increasing access to resources for pet owners
  • Community education
Questions on the survey range from the kind of pet supplies and services respondents seek, the number of stray animals they've seen, and what resources they'd utilize from the center.

The survey will be open Sept. 1-30 and can be found on the Hays County Pet Resource Center Facebook page.