Favorite
Top Dog
Select
Dog Score

This dog may have restrictions (size/gender/temperament) on which types of dogs it is compatible with. There may be a higher level of management needed if going home with another dog.

Cat Score

This dog may have had negative interactions with cats. Possible to live with a cat of a certain temperament with a very slow introduction process in the home.

Child Score

This dog cannot go to a home with younger children. The age range may vary by individual dog, based on behaviors the dog has exhibited and the home setup.

Home Alone Score

This means the dog has had known experience in a home (for an extended period of time) and can be left alone (either in a crate or loose in the house) without accidents or destructiveness.

cursor icon

Hover over the scores to learn more!

Mercedes

APA-A-50261

Looks Like
Terrier, Pit Bull / Mix

Sex
Female

Current Weight
58 lbs

Estimated Age
3 Years
5 Months

Location
TLAC
Building 1

Adoption Fee
$0
Looks Like
Terrier, Pit Bull / Mix
Sex
Female
Current Weight
58 lbs
Estimated Age
3 Years
5 Months
Location
TLAC
Building 1
Adoption Fee
$0
Share
Are you looking for a high energy and playful companion to compliment your active lifestyle? Then you should meet Mercedes!

Mercedes loves going on walks and runs and seems like she was made for outdoor activities. She loves to play fetch, run around the yard or just beat the heat by playing with the water hose. She likes to run around with her bones in the backyard and bury them for later.

As energetic as Mercedes is, she still likes to spend time lazing around the house, and she never turns down a chance to cuddle with her human, especially if there's belly rubs involved. But if you need some motivation to get some exercise, Mercedes will oblige, wagging her tail and barking in the evening to let you know it's time to get out for a walk!

Mercedes does well with strangers and loves all of her foster dad's friends who come over. She's house-trained and gets free roam of the house when left alone and does fine as long as she has a variety of toys and rawhide bones to keep her occupied.

Mercedes already knows "sit", "shake", "come" and "stay" and is learning more things in APA!'s Total Obedience Program. The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Mercedes has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help her learn the skills to become the best dog she can be! She is learning skills like down, walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," and "Place", which means she will go to a specific place in your home on command.

Once Mercedes successfully completes all the skills on her training plan, she will be considered TOP Dog Ready! She is working hard to become a wonderful companion, and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with her after adoption and master all the TOP dog skills together. Check out a video on APA's CGC program, on which the TOP was based: https://vimeo.com/89434193

Fun, playful, sweet, energetic and friendly, Mercedes is more than ready to find her forever home, hopefully one with a big backyard to romp in! Come meet Mercedes!
Come meet your new best friend
Back

Requirements

Time Icon

Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a dog, have relevant consultations, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours in total.

Application Icon

Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.

18 Icon

You must be at least 18 years of age.

Id Icon

You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

Hi Icon

An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per dog depending on age, breed, and/or medical condition(s). This fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional $100 refundable deposit is required for all dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered.)

Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment

Microchip

Lifetime behavior support

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.

Want to learn more? Visit our FAQs Page

Puppy Banner
Oct 18, 2019

APA!’s Cutest New Program: #TeamSnuggle

There’s a new program within the Dog Behavior Program here at APA! called #TeamSnuggle – and it’s just as cute as it sounds. The goal of #TeamSnuggle is to give the pups the playtime they crave and ne...

See more from the blog