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Why Lolli Isn’t Around for SXSW

Lolli was a staff and volunteer favorite. She would tilt her head and cross her paws in such a way that everyone could easily tell what a curious, smart little lady she was.

LolliIn fact, her cuteness landed her a home. But Lolli is as rambunctious and high energy as she is curious. She came back to our family after only a short while.

This is a story we are all too familiar with. We coach and counsel on the importance of deliberate training and focusing a boisterous dog’s energy, but sometimes it just … more

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Paw X Paw W

The time has come- the time so many Austinites look forward to. The music, the films, the presentations, the traffic. SXSW is upon us and Austin Pets Alive! has a few things of our own going on.

Check it out:

bubSome of our animals will be out on the town waiting to meet you in person. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on our whereabouts.
Lil BUB will be at Austin Pets Alive! on Saturday, March 14th just waiting to say hello and show you the kind of love that only … more

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Big Things Happening!


In shelters everywhere, big adult dogs have an especially hard time finding adopters. Many spend several months in APA!’s shelter, longing for the day when someone will take them home.

cruiser_shashvatOur dog behavior and matchmaker programs are doing great work in solving this problem by making our dogs more attractive to adopters. In 2014, the behavior team conducted 1,000 hours of playgroup, nearly 2,000 hours in training and prepared approximately 70 dogs for the Canine Good Citizen test (that doesn’t include the number of well-trained though not CGC-focused pups).

Meanwhile, matchmakers spend time getting to know the … more

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What would YOU do for a Klondike dog?

Klondike is the kind of dog who will steal your heart the moment you meet him. He is a sweet and loving companion for his Foster, and is just a little timid and shy.


The unfortunate thing about Klondike is that he was dropped on his head as a puppy, and has a couple of problems because of that. What he really needs now is a surgery on his femur that will alleviate the pain he has felt his whole life.

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Help Keep Maxwell On His Feet

Our poor boy Maxwell has a really terrible leg injury that is very simmilar to a torn ACL on a human.
You may even know personally how painful this is. Well, Maxwell is very sweet and hides his pain for the most part, but we know he is really hurting.
We want to do something to help his pain as soon as possible but we need your help to raise the funds for his … more

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February 2015 Volunteer of the Month- Ranelle Meroney

Thank you to February’s Volunteer of the Month, Ranelle Merony. A dedicated volunteer in the neonatal nursery, Ranelle never leaves a feeding shift unfilled and is an asset to the team.
Ranelle MeroneyThis is what her peers have to say about her:
I was left to work the overnight shift on a few nights this month due to a schedule change. A coworker had of family emergency and could no longer work that shift. I was faced with working it alone, unless a volunteer stepped up. Without hesitation, Ranelle volunteered to work a … more

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The Puzzle Comes Together

Austin could not be no-kill without the deliberate coordination and teamwork of multiple players. While Austin Pets Alive! focuses on very specific demographics that no other shelter can serve, other shelters are an essential part of the no-kill puzzle.

Take a look at what each contributor offers the no-kill mission:



Not sure how we do what we do? Our life-saving programs are deliberately focused on the groups of animals that other shelters are unable to save (for example, the neonatal nursery).

This puzzle makes Austin the … more

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What you should know about life saving in Austin

Austin Pets Alive! maintains a lazer-like focus on the animals that, without our help, would be euthanized.

We do this by maintaining targeted programs designed to save specific demographics. Check those out right here:



These programs make our rescue a critical piece of the no-kill puzzle and they could not exist without the support of animal-lovers like you. Together, we really are Keeping Austin No-Kill!

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