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Getting TLAC Up to Code

Austin Pets Alive! thanks the community for the outpouring of support in making needed repairs on Town Lake Animal Center.

Town Lake Animal Center saves more than 3,000 animals each year that literally have no where else to go. Austin Pets Alive! was just granted an extension to continue using the facility for 2-5 more years while a permanent shelter is built. “Everyone at Austin Pets Alive, but most importantly the animals, are extremely grateful to the companies and individuals who have come forward to either fund the needed repairs or actually do them”. Dr Ellen Jefferson, APA! Executive … more

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Help Reno Get His Heart Fixed! – FUND COMPLETED! THANK YOU!

Reno1Meet Reno! Reno is a 2yr old male Pit Mix that is heartworm positive. Unfortunately that is not Reno’s only problem. He also has a leaky heart valveOnline fundraising for Help Reno Get His Heart Fixed! and so we need to know how to best proceed with his heartworm treatment that will cause permanent damage left untreated. As of now Reno has a chronic cough but we’re unsure if it’s due to the heartworms or the leaky heart valve, or if he has another underlying … more

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November Volunteers of the Month- Susan and Rhyan

Susan and RhyanAustin Pets Alive! is fortunate to have hundreds of dedicated volunteers. And this month we want to give extra thanks to our volunteers of the month: Susan and Rhyan, an incredible mother-daughter duo.

Here’s what others had to say about Susan and Rhyan: 
“Susan and Rhyan are an amazing mother-daughter pair! They show up every Sunday to help care for the FeLV cats and then make their way to the main cattery and help organize and clean everything for the day! Rhyan is so young but she is extremely dedicated … more

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The Hopeful Hero

WP_20141104_002Almost every dog and cat at APA! has a hopeful story of how they turned a corner and found a joyful life. Rashid is one such dog. He came to APA! deathly ill with parvovirus where he was depressed and downtrodden. But here’s what one of his many fans had to say about him now,
“The first thing that stood out to me about Rashid was his happy hopefulness. It is entirely understandable that spending so much time cooped up in a kennel in a shelter environment leaves many dogs heartbreakingly sad. But Rashid exuded joyfulness … more

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Loki’s Story

Austin Pets Alive! is an organization dedicated to working miracles for dogs and cats in the Austin area. When it seems all of their chances have run out, APA! steps in to care for them until their forever family is found, no matter how long it takes.

10269400_10104488399667949_5758066692175500289_nOne of these amazing animals is a dog named Loki. He is an excellent example of how a past filled with abuse and abandonment can turn into a happy ending and a life filled with love.

This adorable black puppy was found sick, starving to death and … more

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What We’re Most Grateful For

2014 has been an incredible year (so far) and Austin Pets Alive! has so much to be grateful for. We are humbled daily by the fact that we simply could not exist without the compassion and love of an entire community: volunteers that surprise us with their dedication and support, donors that keep the engine running, fosters that help us save twice as many lives each year, companies that so willingly contribute to our cause, staff that works overtime rain or shine- these are all essential. Here are just a few things we are especially grateful for this year:
 Castor & … more

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Downtown Doggy Date Time

The weather has definitely cooled down, so for many of us that means it’s finally time to get outside and explore some of the great dog friendly spots downtown Austin has to offer. After being cooped up at the house for a few hot months, your doggy no doubt wants to get out and stretch his legs a bit, so enjoy a relaxing day out with your best friend and take him or her on a doggy date!

baby karen hardwick 01.14First thing first: burn off that extra energy! There are several dog parks … more

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We Are Not Homeless!

You did it!
You sent in your emails to city council. You sent us encouraging messages via email and Facebook. You signed up in favor of our extension. You showed up to City Hall sporting APA! gear at all hours of the day.

And at 11:30 last night, you helped Austin Pets Alive! secure a lease extension for Town Lake Animal Center beyond May 2015!

NoKillThis is one more important step toward building our forever home. But we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for your support and the support of a few key council … more

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