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Austin Pets Alive!

1156 W Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX, 78703
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Phone: (512) 961-6519
Contact Email: info@austinpetsalive.org
Website: www.austinpetsalive.org
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Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Austin animals from being euthanized. 

When Austin Pets Alive! started rescuing animals in 2008, Austin was somewhat rich in resources that prevented births. For almost ten years, more and more resources were put into spay and neuter programs, but the live outcome rate at our city shelter was stuck around 50%. Of course, the population of Austin was quickly growing, so it’s likely that the spay and neuter resources were helping our live outcome rate from getting worse.


While several resources were going into prevention and reducing intake, there was no effort to increase live outcomes from the shelter. Austin Pets Alive! saw that gap and created programs to save the key demographics of pets that hadn’t been making it out of our municipal shelter alive. These key groups of animals included puppies with parvovirus, unweaned kittens, cats with ringworm, dogs and cats in need of additional behavioral support and/or additional medical attention.


By developing comprehensive, innovative programs that targeted these key groups of animals and pulling directly from euthanasia lists, Austin Pets Alive! has saved more than 25,000 dogs and cats since 2008.


These programs include:

Parvo Puppy ICU: for the treatment of dogs and puppies stricken with parvovirus

Neonatal Kitten Nursery: for the feeding and treatment of orphaned, unweaned kittens

Dog Behavior Program: to support dogs that require additional behavioral attention

Dazey’s Ward: designed to treat cats with ringworm and contain the fungus within a quarantined space

Barn Cat Program: to find alternative homes for undersocialized or feral cats

FeLV Sanctuary: to house and find homes for cats diagnosed with Feline Leukemia

Medical Triage Clinic: designed to provide routine and emergency care on an open admissions basis

PASS: for animals that could avoid shelter surrender altogether with a little assistance




The success of our programs and the excellent work of other local animal welfare organizations has led Austin to save more than 90% of animals since 2011.


Hundreds of extremely dedicated volunteers donate their skills, expertise, and love to APA! – to the tune of more than 2,000 hours EACH WEEK or the equivalent of 50 full-time staff members. According to the current valuation of volunteer time of $22.14 per hour (2012), determined annually by the Independent Sector, APA! volunteers contributed $2,334,109 during 2013.

Our Medical Triage Clinic serves the 500 critically injured and ill animals that enter our city shelter and face euthanasia. This differs from traditional shelters because it functions like an emergency hospital as well as a wellness clinic for all the pets in our care. Also unlike traditional no kill humane societies, we spread our resources over this large group of animals which means we often employ low cost but innovative solutions to medical problems rather than spend thousands of dollars for one or two pets per year.


Connected to our clinic is our Parvo Puppy ICU – it’s the first program of its kind in the country. Parvovirus is highly contagious and deadly if not caught and treated quickly, but we’re able to safely isolate and treat 500 puppies a year until they are healed and adoption ready.

Our Orphan Kitten Nursery was created based on a wildlife rescue center’s method of handling large numbers of incoming baby wildlife. Up to 2,000 orphan kittens used to be euthanized every year in Austin because there were not enough foster homes able to take them. We save them all by housing up to 100 kittens at once in our nursery, and have a huge volunteer force to feed the kittens and keep them alive until a foster home can be found once they are older and easier to care for.


Our other programs include a Cat Ringworm Program (which is just a skin infection similar to athlete’s foot) that isolates and treats the 250 cats per year that were traditionally killed and our Dog Behavior Program rehabilitates over 500 large breed dogs with behavioral challenges through daily dog playgroups and structured training regimens.

Our largest program is Adoptions because no matter which program a life needed to be saved, they all have to find permanent homes. Our goal is to have a state of the art adoption center that incorporates cutting edge marketing methods to facilitate the movement of pets into those homes.

Through these innovative programs Austin has become the largest No-Kill city in the United States. Since our inception, we have found that almost every large city in the US has the same gaps as existed in Austin in 2008. We are now a model for communities nationwide, and through our American Pets Alive! program we train other communities on how to create and manage the same lifesaving programs so that ultimately no pets have to die unnecessarily in America.



 General information


Donate: www.austinpetsalive.org/donate

Adopt: www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt

Volunteer: www.austinpetsalive.org/get-involved/volunteer

Foster: www.austinpetsalive.org/get-involved/foster

Sponsor a pet: www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/sponsor-a-pet





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