Online Application Form

Please note you will NOT be able to save your responses, so skim through the whole application, and think through your answers, before you start filling it out, as you will have to complete in one sitting.
Please answer the following questions before deciding on your potential small animal (guinea pig, chinchilla, hamster, gerbil or mouse). We try to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. Remember that this is a lifetime commitment. You will be asked to sign a legal contract when adopting one of our small animals and you must pay an adoption fee. This fee includes spaying or neutering (for chinchillas only). The fees go directly to AGPR to help pay for upkeep and medical care. Keep in mind the following points:
  • The adopter must be within driving distance of Austin, Texas.  We do not ship animals.
  • Small animals must be housed indoors.  An onsite visit may be required.
  • AGPR does not adopt animals to classroom situations. 
  • Indoor chinchillas can live an average of 15-20 years, guinea pigs 5-8 years, gerbils and mice 3-5 years, and hamsters 1-3 years. We are looking for those special adopters who will make every effort possible to keep their companion for the entire life of the small animal despite lifestyle changes (divorce, moving, etc).
  • Small animals may not be adopted as gifts. All members of a household should visit the prospective animal.
  • Chinchillas will not be placed in a home where there is an unneutered or unspayed chinchilla. 
  • We do not adopt small animals to children. We DO adopt to families. An adult must sign the adoption contract. Please do not have your children call or email. Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf.
Please understand that the small animals available for adoption are all housed in foster homes. We do not have a shelter facility. We rely on the kindness of volunteers to care for and socialize our foster animals. Sometimes, if an animal has been fostered for a long period of time, a strong bond forms between the foster parent and the animal. The foster parent has the final determination in whether or not the animal will be relinquished into your custody.

Cancellation policy: We understand that sometimes emergencies happen, or you change your mind. We ask that you give us at least 24 hours' notice if you do not intend to keep your appointment. You can contact us by phone, email, text, or Facebook Messaging. Cancellations of less than 24 hours are subject to a cancellation fee. No call no shows will not be considered for future adoption applications.

The adoption fee is currently $30 for guinea pigs, $65 for hedgehogs and chinchillas, and $15 for hamsters and gerbils.

We try to reply to all applications within 48-72 hours. If you have not received a phone call or email after 72 hours have passed, please email us at austingpr@gmail.com. (We will not contact you if the application is incomplete (i.e., you only fill out your contact information and possibly pet history).


For questions contact austingpr@gmail.com

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* 1. Animal(s) you're interested in adopting:

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* 2. Please enter your full name and contact details:

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* 3. What type of residence do you live in?

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* 4. Which of these applies to you?

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* 5. How long have you lived at this address?

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* 6. List all human members of the household and ages of children

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* 7. Does any member of your household have known allergies to animals?

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* 8. If you answered Yes to allergies, please provide details:

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* 9. Do we have permission to visit your home?

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* 10. If you answered No, please explain why not:

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* 11. Do you currently have any pets?

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* 12. If Yes, please describe (include all animals including roommates' animals), type, age, gender, spayed/neutered, kept indoors or outdoors, had how long?
If No, please type "N/A."

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* 13. Your veterinarian’s name and phone number

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* 14. Is your veterinarian experienced in treating exotic animals (rodents, birds, reptiles)?

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* 15. List pets owned in the past 10 years, other than those listed above. Include type, age, gender, spayed/neutered, kept indoors or outdoors, had how long, when you stopped owning the animals and reason.

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* 16. Have you ever lost a pet?  What did you do to find him/her?

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* 17. Have you ever brought an animal to the shelter?

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* 18. If you answered Yes, what were the circumstances?

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* 19. Do you anticipate moving soon?

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* 20. Please state your reason for wanting a small animal as a companion.

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* 21. Where will you keep your small animal when you are not home?

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* 22. How much time per day will you be able to interact with your small animal?

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* 23. If you suddenly relocated or had other drastic lifestyle changes that made it hard to keep your small animal, what would you do with him/her?

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* 24. Who will care for your small animal when you go out of town, or in case of an emergency?

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* 25. If your small animal becomes seriously ill or injured and your veterinarian says expensive medical treatment is needed, what will you do? 

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* 26. To provide food and medical care for this small animal, I anticipate spending yearly...

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* 27. In terms of training and care, do you thing a small animal will require more, less, or about the same amount of time and effort as a cat?

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* 28. Since small animals tend to chew, how will you protect your home?

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* 29. Will your small animal be caged?  Size of cage? Material cage constructed of?

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* 30. Where indoors will the cage be kept?  In which room?

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* 31. How much time will the small animal be uncaged?  Indoors and/or outdoors?

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* 32. How many hours per day will your small animal spend alone?

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* 33. Where will the small animal sleep at night?

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* 34. What kind of diet will you provide for your small animal?  What brand of pellets, what kind of hay, which vegetables, what kind of treats?

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* 35. Are you committed to taking full responsibility for your small animal's health and welfare for the rest of its life, which could be 10 years or more?

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* 36. I certify that I am 18 years of age or older and that I live within driving distance of Austin, Texas.

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