Our Programs

Austin Pets Alive! fills critical gaps in Austin’s animal live-outcome rate by identifying the key groups of animals that are typically euthanized in a shelter setting and maintaining comprehensive, innovative programs to address the problems these key groups face.

By focusing on shelter euthanasia lists, we have identified the following groups as most at risk:

  • Puppies with Parvovirus
  • Unweaned kittens
  • Large dogs with behavior concerns
  • Cats with ringworm
  • Undersocialized cats
  • Cats with Feline Leukemia
  • Animals needing additional medical support

Using best practices from around the country, APA! developed programs to care specifically for these groups, thereby reducing their staggering over-representation on euthanasia lists and directly increasing the city’s save rate.

Our programs include:

In developing these programs, we also noticed the need for pet-owner support in trying times. Many pets were surrendered to shelters because of unfortunate, often temporary, issues. The PASS Program (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) addresses this need for pet-owner support. By providing assistance to families considering surrendering their pet(s), the PASS Program reduces the number of animals that enter the shelter system.

These innovative programs have helped Austin become the largest no-kill city in the nation.