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APA!s Transport Program

APA!’s Transport Program brings people and pets together regardless of the miles.

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Help Pets Catch Their Ride Home

  • $90.00 = 1 tank of gas
  • $50.00 = 10 vaccinations
  • $35.00 = 20 bowls of food

APA!’s Transport Program was born out of the 2021 Winter Storm Uri, a snow event that adversely impacted Texas shelters and put many pets’ lives at risk. We set a goal to save 1,000 lives that winter by connecting under-resourced Texas shelters with out-of-state No Kill shelters and rescue organizations. When we hit our goal in four weeks—when an adorable cat named Charlie was placed in a loving home—we knew we couldn’t stop there.

Today the APA! Transport Program has helped save thousands of lives and we’re determined to save thousands more each year. We do this by providing the resources, vet time, health certificates, vaccinations, and transport coordination required to move shelter pets out of Texas. Some pets travel to their new homes by plane and others in one of our transport vans. Where once they faced almost certain death, due to no fault of their own, now a beautiful future in a loving home is theirs to enjoy.

Rescue partners, volunteers, and donor support fuel our Transport Program. Donations fill our transport vans with gas, and secure food, vaccinations, and medical care for cats and dogs rescued off euthanasia lists, as they embark on their journeys from Texas to new homes and full lives. With your support, at-risk pets who have no chance, will instead have the thing they need most: hope.

Program Achievements

More than 7,000 animals’ lives have been saved through the APA! transport program since 2021, 2,321 of those in 2021 alone—our first year of the program.

2,460 pets were transported to safety in 2022.

More than 100 Texas shelters participate in APA!’s transport program as source partners, while over 90 northern shelters and rescue partners receive the pets.

5,000 vaccines were distributed to under-resourced Texas shelters in 2022—allowing the pets to be eligible for transport, since they are now protected from diseases like parvo and distemper.

The APA! Transport Program is USDA licensed as animal transporters, and we are transport partners through Colorado state’s Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) program.

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