Notice: The next "Meet and Greet" event will be held on Saturday December 2, 2023 at Pet Supplies Plus - Round Rock.   The event will be held from noon to 2:00 pm at 17420 Ranch Rd 620 #150, Round Rock, TX 78681Please keep checking back as we are still at work to find a  permanent event location. 



Thank you for inquiring about our dogs that are available for adoption. Our goals are to educate pet owners about responsible dog ownership, particularly with Maltese and other small breeds, and to place homeless dogs in new, loving forever homes.

NOTE: You must be at least 21 years old to adopt a dog from Lil' Paws and you must reside in the Austin Metro area.

The Process:

  1. Fill out the application below. Please allow 1 week for your application to be reviewed.
  2. We contact you for a phone interview if your application is approved.
  3. We schedule a customary home visit. Please understand a safe, fenced yard is mandatory if you have a backyard.
  4. Once we have made a match, your Lil Paws Dog will come to you for a one week (7 days) trial adoption. The adoption fee will be collected at the start of the trial period. 
  5. Once the trial period is complete, if your Lil Paws Dog is a good match, we will finalize the adoption and you will sign the adoption contract. You will receive the dog's adoption file with all its veterinary records, as well as coupons and gift certificates.

The Lil Paws Pledge:

  • I will provide a loving, humane and safe environment for the Lil' Paws, which includes keeping the dog as an indoor house pet for the remainder of his/her life.
  • I will provide veterinary care including regular vaccinations, heart worm testing and preventative year round, and comply with all local laws regarding licensing.
  • I will provide a safe, fenced in yard while the Lil' Paws dog is outside supervised by you or a family member.
  • I agree to keep the Lil' Paws dog on a leash when outside a fenced area and not allow him/her to roam free at any time.
  • I recognize that adopting  a dog is a commitment for the dog's life.
  • I will return the Lil' Paws dog if I amunable to keep him/her for any reason.

Contact Information


Veterinarian Information

If you currently have other pets, or if you previously had pets in your adult life (within the past 5 years), please provide your Veterinarian's information:

Household Information


Please list 2 personal references including phone numbers:

Reference 1

Reference 2

Your Future Dog

Lil' Paws

Lil' Paws Mission Statement

Lil' Paws Maltese Rescue is a home-based, non-profit rescue organization made up solely of volunteers. We are dedicated to helping homeless Maltese and other small breeds in the Austin area by fostering, providing the best possible health care, and placing them in a loving forever homes.