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Volunteer Opportunities

COVID-19 Volunteer Update: Please note that we are onboarding new volunteers at the shelter as we need them. Once you have completed the application and Online Orientation you will be able to fill specific volunteer opportunities that are sent out by the Volunteer Team. We ask that you sit tight until you receive those recruiting emails.

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APA! Thrift

APA! Thrift stores are boutique-style, selling high quality new and gently used items for very low prices. All net proceeds directly support the innovative life-saving programs of Austin Pets Alive!. Our three thrift locations are located at 5801 Burnet Road, 1409 West Oltorf Street, and 5102 Clarkson Ave. The Burnet and Oltorf stores are currently open from 12PM-6PM. We utilize volunteers in every aspect of store operations, this helps to keep our overhead low and means that more money goes to the animals.

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American Pets Alive!

American Pets Alive! (AmPA!) is our annual national conference where individuals and shelters can come and learn from Austin’s no-kill leaders how to implement innovative, lifesaving programs in their communities or shelters.

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Promote APA!’s mission, raise donations, and recruit volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors at special events around town. Work at info tables and booths, and hang out with adoptable animals while representing Austin Pets Alive!. *Some events will have age limitations of 21+ years of age.

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Group Volunteering

Philanthropic opportunities for your group of advocates.

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APA! Thrift

All net proceeds from our APA! Thrift stores directly support our lifesaving programs.

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Review the requirements expected of an APA! volunteer.

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Volunteer Benefits

When you make a difference in a life, you're making a difference in your own as well.

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Be a part of the country's largest No Kill initiative.

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Support medically and behaviorally fragile pets.

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Grow personally and professionally.

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Form lifelong connections with people and pets alike.