Author Archives: Lisa Maxwell

1,185 days and 2,800 Miles

Guest post by Natascha Hamman, Cat Matchmaker Lead The city of Austin has been no kill for six years now, but that does not mean that there aren’t some groups of animals that are still at risk! In the world … Continue reading

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Celebrating Six Years of No Kill Success

On February 19, Austin celebrated its sixth consecutive year of being the largest No Kill Community in the country. Hosted by Austin Pets Alive! and in cooperation with Austin Animal Center, we gathered to look back on where we started … Continue reading

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Loving Pietro

This is Pietro! Pietro came to APA! in May of 2015, a little bit of a rebel without any manners. He became a Canine Good Citizen trainee and thrived with one-on-one attention from his volunteer trainer, quickly learning sit, down, … Continue reading

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Feral Rehab, Recovery, and Release

Guest post by Cat Program Manager Monica Frenden Community cats, the free roaming outdoor cats who populate nearly every community in the country, are well managed in the city of Austin thanks to a robust Trap-Neuter-Return program and dedicated feline … Continue reading

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Pippa’s Perfect Ending

Pippa had been in and out of the shelter system since 2014. Pippa is an adult blocky headed pitbull type dog – something that can contribute to a longer length of stay in the shelter. But Pippa had a great … Continue reading

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Starfish Needs a Savior

You may have heard the parable about a young girl throwing starfish into the ocean, saving them one at a time. It’s something we reference often in the rescue world – that helping even one animal matters. Well, APA! has … Continue reading

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Celebrate Six Years of Saving (and Six Hundred Saves over the weekend)

It’s Monday morning in February, six days before our official 6th Annual No Kill Anniversary Party, we have a half-empty shelter and it looks like every other shelter in Austin does too.  Over the last three days, more than 270 … Continue reading

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Vienna and her puppies

Here’s what No Kill means for one sweet dog.  Vienna came to APA! heavily pregnant from another shelter, where she probably would have been spayed anyway and lose her in-utero puppies – if she hadn’t simply been euthanized herself.  At APA! … Continue reading

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