Frequently Asked Questions

Who does Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers help?

Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers (BCAS Helpers) exists to improve the lives of dogs and cats in Bastrop County, Texas.  We have programs to help animals who are admitted to the Bastrop County Animal Shelter, and we have programs to help keep animals from having to enter the shelter at all. We also help shelter animals relocate to other rescue organizations.  You can learn more at About Us

Does Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers provide medical care for animals?

BCAS Helpers funds various types of medical care, which is provided through local veterinarians, veterinary specialty and emergency clinics, and low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinics.  With the exception of spay/neuter surgeries, this funding is reserved for animals entering the Bastrop County Animal Shelter who need care above what the shelter is able to fund.  The animals we help are recommended by the staff of the Bastrop County Animal Shelter.

Please see the Support Spay/Neuter link for more information on the subsidized spay/neuter program for low-income Bastrop County residents.

Can Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers get my dog or cat spayed or neutered?

We offer a certificate program that provides spay or neuter surgery for a small donation, in conjunction with our low-cost veterinary partners in Bastrop County.  This program is for low-income residents of Bastrop County.

How does BCAS Helpers assist with transporting homeless animals?

Since the human population of Bastrop County is small, the Bastrop County Animal Shelter looks for ways to place homeless animals with other rescues that have more capacity for adoptions.  Some of these rescues are in the northern US or other distant locations. BCAS Helpers assists by funding the transportation costs for some of these lucky animals.

What kind of volunteer skills and time do you need?

Please see the volunteer application where you will find a list of volunteer roles and potential time commitments.  There are many roles with flexible time commitments that can be done from home. 

Does Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers support the “No-Kill” model?

“No-Kill” is a term that can cause controversy.  BCAS Helpers supports the goal of a “No Kill” community, and we do not denigrate animal welfare organizations that cannot yet achieve this target due to the animal overpopulation and resources in their community. Here is a good overview of what we believe “No-Kill” means, courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society

BCAS Helpers is committed to the combination of these effective strategies for achieving this goal:

  1. Collaborative partnerships and coalitions among animal shelters, animal rescue groups, and other community stakeholders working toward a collective goal. We partner with the Bastrop County Animal Shelter, other animal welfare groups, and low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services providers.
  2. Data-driven decision-making – we evaluate our programs and seek data from our partners to understand what is working and what needs more attention.
  3. Proven programs and best practices designed to save the most lives possible.  Among these, we support

    – Spay/neuter programs

    – Shelter animal medical assistance

    – Foster programs

    – Transport programs

Does Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers have a shelter?

No, we help the county shelter that already exists, which is a more efficient use of resources. The shelter is run by Bastrop County Animal Services.  You can find directions to the shelter on the link above.  We expand their capacity to help animals, and we help keep animals from having to enter the shelter.

Can you tell me if a certain animal I saw or heard about is available for adoption?

We don’t have the latest information about any animal being advertised for adoption.  This information changes frequently. Please contact the Bastrop County Animal Shelter to ask questions about adoptable animals.

Does Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers have a spay/neuter or wellness clinic?

No, we use our resources to partner with low-cost spay/neuter and wellness providers who serve Bastrop County, such as Save An Angel and Emancipet.  We help the community to afford the vital veterinary services they provide.  We also help spread the word about their services.

Does Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers have a foster program?

While many volunteers of BCAS Helpers also foster shelter animals, the foster program is run separately, by Bastrop County Animal Services.   BCAS Helpers offers help for that program through its “Foster Family Care Packages”.    To join the foster program itself, sign up as a foster volunteer via Bastrop County Animal Services.

Can I adopt from, or relinquish an animal to, Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers?

Please visit the Bastrop County Animal Shelter to adopt or relinquish an animal.  Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers works with the shelter to adopt out animals, and the adoption process is handled by the shelter.

May I volunteer to work with the shelter animals through Bastrop County Animal Shelter Helpers?

BCAS Helpers volunteer roles don’t involve working directly with shelter animals. Many BCAS Helpers volunteers are also volunteers for shelter, and thus can work with the shelter animals in that capacity. 

To volunteer to directly work with the shelter animals, you will need to apply to be a volunteer for the shelter via Bastrop County Animal Services.  The volunteer applications, orientation, and volunteer management are different between BCAS Helpers and the BCAS shelter.  The insurance for the two organizations is also different, so if you want to volunteer for us, fill out our application; and if you want to volunteer at the shelter, fill out their application.