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 intake facility for all of Hays County. We are a division of the Neighborhood Enhancement Department with the City of San Marcos. As a municipal shelter, our facility is an open admission animal shelter. 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 

ADOPTION CENTER HOURSRECEIVING/RECLAIM HOURS
Mon  BY APPOINTMENT ONLYMon 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tues  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Tues  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wed   CLOSEDWed 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thur  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Thur  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fri BY APPOINTMENT ONLYFri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat BY APPOINTMENT ONLYSat  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.

Annual participation in community civic and educational programs and events including:

  • School STEM/Science Fairs
  • Animal Safety Awareness
  • Bite Prevention
  • Wildlife Safety Courses

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. Some services available to the public are:

  • Pet Food Bank
  • Community spay/neuter assistance program through PALS

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 down 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 down about 1 mile and we are located on the left side of the road.
Map of City of San Marcos with Animal Shelter