Paws in Prison 
Paws in Prison - Lockhart 
FAQ and Guidelines
Pre-adoption application form required (click here)
What are the Requirements if I want to adopt a PIP dog?

The minimum donation for adopting a Paws in Prison dog is $225, this donation may vary depending on the adoption agency.

  • If you currently have a dog or have had a dog within the past five years, all of your dogs must be current on vaccinations, on heartworm preventative, and spayed/neutered. Please note: a vet reference check will be performed upon receiving your application.  We must be able to verify all veterinary references for the previous year.
  • Unless you live in an apartment, you must have a fenced in yard even though we do not advocate leaving dogs outdoors unsupervised.  This is the life most of them escaped from and we don't want to see them go back to the lonely life of an outside dog.   So for this reason, we only adopt to homes where the dog lives indoors with their new family.
  • Some dogs are ideally suited for apartment life while other are not.  We will always assist you in finding the right match.  If you live in an apartment, we must have a copy of your lease or letter from the management company.  You may email or fax a copy.  We will provide you with a fax number once we receive your application.
  • Once we have received your application, an area coordinator will contact you to arrange a time for you to meet the dog at the prison.  If you have a dog(s) you are required to bring your dogs for the meet & greet.
  • After you have met the dog and all agree it is a good match, a $100 deposit is required in order to hold the dog until a home visit and/or orientation may be performed.  At that time the adoption will be approved and finalized by signing a legal contract and paying the remaining $125 of the adoption donation and any applicable micro chip enrollment fee.
  • The dog will be ready to go home after completing training (45-60 days from date of arrival). And in some situations if we feel the dogs has learned at least the basics, the dog may be able to go home sooner.
  • Our goal is to Match the right dog with the right person, couple or family.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any adoption at our discretion.
  • If you have general questions about the adoption process or a particular dog, please email us at

Where is the program and where do the trained dogs go when they graduate?

The Paws in Prison Program is currently operating in the Lockhart prison facility.

The PIP Program adopts its graduate dogs into local families in Austin and San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

If you are interested to adopt a PIP dog, please note that a pre-adoption application is required (see the on-line form).

Adoption Fees are:
      $225.00 plus 
      $20.00 - 30.00 microchip registration fee (depending on microchip company fees)