Finding a dog to join your family is such an exciting time!
And, by choosing a shelter dog, you are literally saving a life. What could make this even better? A simple way to make this all happen. That's where Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter's (WCRAS') Best Match program comes in. We show you all our available candidates, invite you to chat with a care-taker, meet your potential matches in person or virtually, and then help you through the paperwork.
Using the Best Match system focuses on compatibility between you and our dogs. We know you want to meet a match that's for keeps!
Shelter kennels are scary, stressful places - not a great setting for a first meet-up! Let us help you create a meeting for the memory books.
Use our slideshows on this page to see some of the dogs we've identified as having characteristics that we are frequently asked about. This list is not complete but a good way to start your search for your Best Match.
Our listings of Quick Matches is not automated, so please double-check availability by clicking on the dog's picture. If a new page opens with the dog's photo and information, he or she is still available for adoption.
Living with Kids
Companionship, learned responsibility, and a friendship for the memory books… these dogs have lived in homes with children of different ages. We know your family has a group of personalities. Let us help you find the dog who blends right in!
Living with Dogs
Some dogs just think life is more fun with a canine companion. These dogs have either lived with other dogs or have met some doggy best friends at the shelter. We can help you set up some play dates with your pup to find a new doggy brother or sister.
Living with Cats
They may be mortal enemies in most cartoons, but some dogs and cats can live together! Let us help you find the Odie to your Garfield - with a little guidance from you, of course!
Living in an Apartment
Did you have to step on a scale to rent your apartment? We didn't think so. Size doesn't matter for apartment living - personality does! Let's find you the best roommate for your digs!
- Browse through our online selection of dogs to find some potential matches. Read through their personality descriptions, browse our quick matches, or scan the photos to see which faces speak to you.
- Talk to a care-taker! We know you've made a list of pups who have tugged at your heartstrings. We would love to tell you more about them! Email adoption to chat about those dogs or just stop by and meet a staff person today!
- Meet your matches! You've got your top three choices, so let the fun begin! Schedule an appointment to get priority service or visit the shelter today! If you don't live in Central Texas, we are sorry we aren't neighbors, but we will be happy to schedule a virtual meet and greet!
- Adopt your heart stealer. That list of five has narrowed to one pup you cannot live without. We will walk you through our adoption process to make it as easy and informative as possible!
Do we have the dog of your dreams? Don't live in the area? Not a problem! You can still go through the Best Match System! All out-of-state adoptions are $75. We will help you organize transport to your location. Depending on transport style and location, transport fees may vary between free (carpool with your family) and $500+ (airplane ride to their new home). We will work with you to help meet your transport needs. Adopter will be responsible for transportation fees. And, your new dog will be responsible for unconditional love.
About the Best Match System
The Best Match System began organically as we were learning how to function during the pandemic. The lowered stress levels in the dogs was extremely noticeable when using this method. Plus, dogs were given more opportunities to use choice, practice relaxation, and take part in positive social interaction, which are values we uphold. Then, we began seeing the data proving our compatibility model for adoptions was working and we knew we had stumbled upon a way that dogs have the opportunity to give a glimpse of who they truly are to their potential adopters. While we are still developing this adoption approach, we are hopeful we are creating a process that values the adopter and their needs as well as the dog and their needs.