It costs a bit of money to spay or neuter your pet, but it's cheaper than paying for the inevitable offspring. Prices for S/N services vary from one veterinarian to another, so shop around. If you cannot afford S/N services, you might be able to get get a voucher from CTSAC. These are good at most area veterinarians.
Spay/neuter vouchers are often available, but only to people who otherwise would not be able to afford to get it done. Vouchers are not coupons intended to save the owner money. There is never a guarantee that vouchers will be available at any particular time.
When vouchers are available, pet owners still must pay a co-pay. The co-pay for a voucher varies with the size/type of pet. To get a voucher, you must live in Brown County. We understand that for some families in our area, even the lowered fee is just too much. Please call us and maybe we can help you anyway.
We wish we could help everyone, no matter where they live, but we don't have the financial resources to do so.
Vouchers for stray or feral cats still have a co-pay.
Please understand that the shelter, regardless of your co-pay, still has to pay the veterinarian for the service, which can cost $50 to $250.
To get a voucher, you will have to come to the shelter and speak with a staff member. The voucher program changes continually. There is never a guarantee that we will be able to furnish a voucher. Then you must fill out a voucher form. You will pay us your co-pay, and we'll give you the voucher, which you can use at most of the area vets. You will have ten days to use it. If your pet has not received a rabies vaccination in the past year, you will also have to pay for a shot, which costs $10 - $25.
Emergency services are sometimes available to low-income families in crisis. We are able to provide a one-time issue of food for your pet, and other services are available as funding permits. Please ask staff about our Pet SOS program if you are in need of emergency pet assistance.
What we cannot provide is money to pay for food, veterinary care, or toys, nor can we board your pet. If you feel that you must relinquish your pet due to financial problems, please come speak with us about other options you may have.
With your adoption, you are going to get a microchip for your pet with services provided by 24PetWatch. If you own a pet that is not from our shelter, but that you would like microchipped, we offer microchipping services for $20 per microchip. A microchip allows any shelter or animal control officer to scan your pet and, if your pet has a microchip implant, to get information on the owner to safely and quickly return his pet. This is so effective that when we get microchipped pets returned to the shelter, we often call the owner before the owner has even noticed his pet is missing! Microchips are tiny and will not cause your pet any discomfort.
We provide microchipping services to the public at a cost of $20 per pet. Bring your pet in during our visiting hours, no appointment necessary! Follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and promos, including when we have our Microchipping Clinics. These clinics are done at businesses around town, usually on weekends or weekday mornings, and microchips are usually offered at half-price.
CTSAC has a program called Pets for Seniors. If you are a senior, age 60 or older, then you can qualify for this program. Pets for Seniors offers adoption assistance for seniors. Adult dogs and cats at least four years of age qualify to be adopted through this program. Studies have shown that owning a pet can lower your blood pressure, relieve depression and anxiety, and improve your health and outlook on life. If you are interested in this program and you qualify, please come see us.
The shelter offers dog adoptions for $50 and cat adoptions for $25 for seniors adopting a qualifying pet.
We know that when you have to give up your pet to the shelter, it can be a heartbreaking thing. We have seen people from every walk of life, from children to grown men, shed tears as they sign their pet over to us. We know that you want to do everything you can to get your pet adopted as soon as possible. To this end, we have started the Guardian Angels program.
Who are the guardian angels? They are volunteers, pet owners, pet lovers, and people just like you who want to sponsor a pet to make it more likely to be adopted. You can become a guardian angel by donating any amount towards the animal of your choice (or an animal that you are signing over to the shelter) to reduce the adoption price for that animal. Some people can only donate $5, others donate the majority of the adoption fee.
Please know that while an animal has a guardian angel, his or her chances of adoption are very much increased but are not guaranteed. If your animal is not adopted, your donation will be applied to help another similar pet.
We now offer a free pet tag engraving service. The best way to keep pets out of the shelter is to make sure your phone number is on their necks at all times. We really encourage pet owners to tag their pets. To that end, you can now come to the shelter and we will engrave your pet ID tags at no charge.
If you have lost your pet, you can call the CTSAC and we will fill out a Lost Pet form for you, this way we can monitor pets coming in and call you if yours shows up. CTSAC has a few staff caring for 100 to 200 animals, so our staff time is limited. Even after calling in a lost report, you should monitor our website daily, to try to spot your pet! Go to the top of this page and click on "Adopt" to go to the adoption page and view pictures of all of our animals. We have lots of animals and cannot guarantee that we will find it. Stray animals brought into our shelter are held for 72 hours before being put up for adoption, and all animals that come in are scanned for microchips. Don't forget that you can put a free ad for lost/found pets in the Brownwood Bulletin. You can also contact KOXE to get your lost pet announced on the radio.
If you have found a pet and would like to keep it, we encourage you to call us so we can fill out a Found Pet form for you, so that if an owner is looking for their lost pet they have a chance to be reunited. We also ask that you bring the pet into us for a microchip scan.
Bringing us a picture of your lost pet helps gives us a better chance of identifying it quickly and accurately. At the end of a long day, ten border collies look pretty similar to us. If there is something unique about your lost pet, please let us know.
If you pet is at our shelter, please visit the Reclaim Page for more information on how to get your pet returned to you.
The Pairing Achievement With Service (PAWS) Program, a partnership between the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center and the Texas Youth Commission in Brownwood, TX, provides a service to the community and to the young offenders housed at TYC. Through this program, we send canines to the youth at TYC, and they learn how to handle, train, and manage them as pets. After passing a rigorous test of skills, the dogs are put up for adoption. This program does more than teach a couple of old dogs new tricks. Training pets to learn new skills involves patience and understanding, and working with animals is often a new experience for the girls in the program. Upon completing the program, the youth have acquired the very marketable skill of pet training. So far, every single one of the dogs in this program has been adopted on the day of their graduation, and it would not have happened without the skills and dedication of the youth at Texas Youth Commission!