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Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender

This program provides resources and services to Texas residents who are experiencing challenges to keeping their pet(s) with an overall goal of keeping pets out of the sheltering system and providing a safe, judgment-free zone for anyone in need. Our team can provide emergency pet food, pet resource assistance, and referrals to outside social service and animal welfare agencies.


Lost and Found Animals

For Lost or Found Animals and found kittens under 6 weeks old, please check out the Austin Animal Center and APA! guides.

Lost or Found Animals

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Found Kittens

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Housing and Utilities Help

Rent Assistance

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Utilities Assistance

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COVID-19 Houseing Assistance

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Food Assistance

Central Texas Food Bank

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Meals on Wheels

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Pet Food and Vet Care for Pets of Seniors

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Pet Food Distribution Groups

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APA! Medical Information

Heartworms

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Parvovirus

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Ringworm

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Dog Foster Resources

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Feline Leukemia (FeLV)

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Affordable Veterinary Resources

In this document, you'll find resources for affordable vet care, free/low cost spay and neuter clinics, and options for vet bill assistance

Affordable Pet Care

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Behavior Resources

If it is a behavior issue, there are a lot of resources on the internet to assist you. You’re welcome to post on the Pass FB page and ask for trainer recommendations. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassAPA

APA! Behavior Training Videos

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Fear Free Happy Home Training

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The Canine Center

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K9 Mastery

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Jackson Galaxy Project for Cats

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Pet Support Through APA!’s PASS program

If you are considering relinquishing your pet to your local open-intake shelter, our PASS program is here to help you navigate that difficult decision. Our goal is to help you resolve the problems you are experiencing so that you can keep your pet. Our PASS team can discuss the various programs and services we offer that may assist you in overcoming many of the challenges you may be facing with your companion. If you are looking for resources outside of the programs and supportive services offered by Austin Pets Alive! PASS program, visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassAPA) or email us at [email protected] and a PASS staff member will be happy to give you the information or referral that you need. You’re also welcome to reach out to other rescue partners.

Austin Animal Center Approved Partners List

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Rehoming Support and Services

If you adopted your pet from APA!, please email [email protected] with the name of the person who signed the adoption paperwork or your pet's microchip number, and the reason for the return, so they can locate the info in our system and send you return information. If not, did you adopt from any other rescue? Most take their animals back. If you are short on time, we suggest making a shelter appointment so you will have it in case rehoming does not work.

Helpful Tips and Tricks for Rehoming

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Resources for Rehoming

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Pet Relinquishment

We urge you to exhaust all other resources and alternatives before surrendering your pet to an open-intake shelter. This helps shelters ensure resources are available for the pets that need it most -- those who are lost, displaced, homeless, injured, or sick. Austin Pets Alive! is not a municipal intake shelter! Current policy requires that intake must be by appointment only. This applies to owner surrenders and found pets. If a dog is found call 311 and they will pick up within 72 hours. Austin Animal Center and Williamson County shelters are no-kill shelters so the animals will not be euthanized for lack of space. If you adopted your pet from APA!, please email [email protected] with the name of the person who signed the adoption paperwork or your pet's microchip number, and the reason for the return, so they can locate the info in our system and send you return information. If not, did you adopt from any other rescue? Most take their animals back. If you are short on time, we suggest making a shelter appointment so you will have it in case rehoming does not work.

Municipal Intake Shelters in Central Texas

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