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Thank you for thinking of us as a participant at your event! Please read through these points to see if animals will work at your event. 

  • The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is an open-intake shelter. We cannot guarantee what dogs and cats we will have at the shelter at the time of your event.
  • WCRAS will only take animals that we feel are compatible with your event. This may limit the number of animals attending your event. We will not guarantee a set number of animals.
  • All offsite events are run by trained volunteers on a volunteer basis. Scheduling and availability is based on the availability of our volunteers’ schedules. The percentage of dogs who get adopted from offsite adoption events is very low. Our volunteers are more encouraged to participate in events which help the shelter in multiple ways. 
  • Events require at least two trained volunteers. Each event will have one lead volunteer. The helping volunteers may bring animals. This always leaves one volunteer to help with breaks and emergencies.
  • Our volunteers work on a voluntary basis. WCRAS cannot guarantee a volunteer(s) will sign up for your event.
  • Please be realistic with our volunteers and our animals. Our shelter primarily has adult, large dogs living at the facility. This is who you can expect at your event.
  • All volunteers handling animals must have been trained through our orientation, 1:1, and additional trainings.
  • WCRAS handles domestic animal-related crisis situations for Hutto, Leander, Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Williamson County. If we are in a crisis situation, we may have to cancel our attendance to your event.
  • A minimum of four weeks' notice is needed so that a request to volunteers has time to be submitted.
  • Generally speaking, adoption events do not draw crowds. In order for events to be successful, either a crowd needs to already be present or marketing needs to be done to create a crowd for adoptions.
  • Generally speaking, dogs do not do well near loud, live music (especially with lots of percussion). If this applies to your event, please reserve a spot for us away from the live music. 
  • Water and weather play a part in our ability to participate. Our dogs must have easy access to water. Our dogs (and our volunteers) cannot be in a sunny/hot area for long periods of time without shade or water. In addition, too extreme temperatures (cold and hot) or storms/rain may prevent us from attending.

Please complete our Event Request Form. Questions? Email april.peiffer@wilco.org.

We are appreciative of all invites and are working with limited resources. We appreciate your understanding.

Upcoming Community Events


We're offering free adoptions from June 30th - July 4th for ALL adoptable pets,

in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society's National Adoption Weekend.

All dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and other small adoptable animals are FREE, through the 4th. Check out our Adoptable Pets page, then send us an email at adoption@wilco.org to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. We are open from noon-6pm daily and are closing at 4pm on July 4th. See you soon!




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Join us at our 3rd Annual Summer Splash PAWty at Doghouse Drinkery & Dog Park on July 22nd, from noon-4pm! This is a fun, family- and dog-friendly outdoor event, benefiting the dogs and cats at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

You'll enjoy lots of fun and games, like - 

💦 A Doggy Swimsuit Contest!

💦 Cornhole!

💦 Adoptable Dogs!

💦 Treats for the pups AND the humans!

💦 A fun photo booth!

💦 And more is in the works!

Save the date and plan to join us. We can't wait to see 😎 you there!