Austin Pets Alive! | Yes Alive! 2024

Yes Alive!

Austin Pets Alive! is expanding! For many years, we've been preparing to rebuild. But not JUST rebuild — reimagine and rebuild. We're tossing out the traditional animal shelter setup and reconstructing APA! in a new way to pave the way for a new model for lifesaving.

Say Yes Alive! Now

Beyond No Kill to “Yes Alive!”

Yes Alive! is our ambitious and necessary four-phase building plan to transform the care and lifesaving of at-risk pets in our hometown of Austin — and beyond. For the first time ever, we're calling on all our supporters to help us raise money for FOUR locations. First up, a new APA! Hospital.


Why is the Yes Alive! campaign needed?

Yes Alive! is more than a capital campaign — it’s a comprehensive capacity campaign that will allow us to do more, teach more, and save more than ever before. In the last three years, we have experienced a 20% annual increase in animal intake, all while caring for the most challenging medical and behavioral cases.

Our inspired, successful programs and services are being delivered out of dilapidated, flood-prone, rat-infested facilities that are on the verge of collapse and in desperate need of demolition. Despite being described as “the worst shelter facility in Texas,” we have saved over 120,000 pets in this space. However, No Kill is no longer good enough for us, and we can’t say “yes” to every pet who needs us when our potential is severely limited as a result of our environment.

Why can’t you just rebuild in your current location?

Thanks to a 75-year lease agreement we recently signed with the City of Austin, we will maintain our presence in downtown Austin at the Town Lake Animal Shelter (TLAC). However, due to the presence of power lines above and water pipes below, we must rebuild in a much smaller footprint than we currently have available to us, even as our operations continue to expand. For that reason, the final phase of the Yes Alive! Comprehensive Capacity Campaign will be to rebuild a smaller adoption and foster service center at TLAC but expand the rest of our operations to the new, additional locations.

Why is the Regional Shelter Pet Hospital and ICU the first phase of the campaign?

Each day, dozens of cats and dogs are rushed to our lifesaving Medical Triage and Wellness Clinic at TLAC from local veterinary hospitals where owners can't afford treatment or from shelters in and around Austin that have severe underfunding because we are these pets’ only alternative to euthanasia. Our veterinary team works around the clock to secure broken limbs, provide CPR, do surgeries as complex as those for open chest trauma, and treat horrible viruses like panleukopenia, parvovirus, and distemper — all in a building infested by rats, at risk for fire and flooding, and crammed into a very small space.

This hospital will allow our medical team to expand the work they do for pets in Austin and have the space to teach other shelters and veterinarians the lifesaving solutions that they know work — giving exponential capacity Texas-wide to save more pets’ lives.

When will the Regional Shelter Pet Hospital and ICU be open?

We hope to open the hospital in July 2024, but we need to secure the remaining $1.2 million to do so. We can get there together with your support!

How can I donate now?

You can give now here, where your gift will be directed toward supporting this urgent project. If you prefer to give by check, please include “Yes Alive!” in the check memo or with an accompanying note and mail it to our lockbox address:

Austin Pets Alive!
P.O. Box 736245
Dallas, TX 75373-6245

We also accept many other gifts, such as cryptocurrency, donor-advised funds, IRA distributions, stocks, and more, as well as multi-year pledges. Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss additional ways to give.

I’m not local or am unable to visit for a tour. How can I learn more?

Please contact us by emailing [email protected] to schedule a phone call with our Chief of Philanthropy or schedule a virtual group tour.

Say “Yes!” To:

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The Sick and Injured

Regional Shelter Pet Hospital and ICU

A centrally-located regional hospital for sick and injured animals who are treatable, and can live long and happy lives — but who are now losing their lives in shelters.

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Mama Cat Nursing Kittens

Those Who Need a Way Out

Regional Lifesaving Transportation Hub

A first-of-its-kind pit stop for cats and dogs coming from shelters where their lives are at risk, where they can safely stay until it’s time to embark on the journey to a loving home.

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The Misunderstood

Center for Trauma and Fear Recovery

A safe and calm refuge for emotionally traumatized dogs who can be trained and guided into loving homes and for undersocialized cats awaiting barn placement.

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Those Who Simply Need a Home

Local Adoption and Foster Support Center.

A place in Austin where lives are saved and families are made.

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Naming Opportunities

Leave a lifelong legacy, named after your family or in honor of a loved one.

Here are some currently available opportunities to make your mark on lifesaving in Austin — and beyond!

Please contact us to discuss these and other naming opportunities.

Campaign Supporters

Thank you to our generous campaign supporters for helping us build a world where no cat or dog will lose their life simply for not having a home.

Campaign Donors


Clare Stedman and Vicki Behl


Dos Corazones Family Fund
Michael and Sharon Wichterich
The Pollard Family
The Sheffield Family


Alex Devine
Brian M. and Elaine Byrne
Dan and Jenny Ahearn
Ellen Jefferson and Damon O'Gan
The Family of Crash, Boom and Zip
Rusty and Mary Tally
Sharon and Bruce Walker
In memory of Eugene and Lunetta Pearce
Josie Bruni Knight


Artie Abello Charitable Fund
Brian and Malee Hundsdorfer
Cameron and Cade Massey
Caroline Page
China Widener and Maria Hayes
Dan Ferreri
Ellen and Jody Hunt
M. Jeremy Guiberteau, MD
Marsha and Robert Jones
Melissa and Roger Aufieri
Sean and Liz McDonald Charitable Fund
Stephanie Muller-Simpson and Kyle Simpson
Wendi Martin
Brittany Maki and Peter Reggio
Mindy Marcks
Gayle Smith
Barry Gary
The Seegers Family


Bill Symon and Jason Kays
Colin and Suzie Meier
Dan and Meredith Young
Gretchen Meyer and Amos Lowe
Jim McElroy
Jo Ann Hackett & John Huehnergard
Jordan McKenna
Maren Miller and Clay Golden
Mark and Margaret Gibson
Meghan and Clinton Sayers
Monica Dermott
The Mattka Family
Denise Lackey
Peter Greenlaw
Kat Smith and Rick Russell
The Riseman Foundation
Jo Hogan
Devina Do
The Cockrell Family
Dana M Fisher
Andrea Ray Smith
Kris Greger
Lyn Kumhyr
Susan and Joe McCreight
Vanessa L. Chiapetta MD
Joye Jones
Fox Architecture
Tim & Beth Kerr
Ralph Fisher
Marla Aldridge

All Supporters

Alexandra & Kevin Nissim-Provost
Brittany Maki
Cara Caulkins
Selina Padilla
S. Marsh
Cristina Chavez
David Dyer
Trisha Trueper
Madison Lozano
Helen and Ben Davis
Nate Simchick
Penney Blu
Raise Design
Alice Sage Van Nuys
Susan Kenzle
Sophie Kluthe
Helen Heard
Kim Vitray
Laura Feeney
Sally Victor
Alison Martinez
M’Lynda Owens
Sherre Howell
Erin Oxborrow
John Fein
Craig Peterson
Lee Rose-Alexander
Connie Sullivan
Tom Lokos
Ali Merchant
Allison Benesch
Ken & Erin Pickens
Nickie Harris
Lori and Jay Barr
Nancy Marr
Elizabeth B Walton
K. Whitt
Ronnie Gersten
Patternpants Sue
Harriet Reynolds
Dino D.
Robin Mintz
Penny Simoneau
Jennifer Whitney
Mary Musser
S. Webster
Typewriter Tarot
Ranelle Meroney
Ashlee McGinty
Ashlye A Dube
Taylor Jacobsen
Carla and Caden Ernest
Monica Lowe
Beth Schrader
Aimee Bond
Karen and Ed Duncan
Michael Johnson
Mary Ridenhour
Brennan Solomon
Kathleen Cooney
Mary P
Melissa Wolf
Gabrielle Saldivar
Tara E
Leslie La Nasa
Jennifer Arndt
Amy Silver
Perla A.
Carolyn P Bryant
Orfa Davis
Rebecca C Moses
Claudia Mann
Heather Carman, Lee McBrien, Little Carman
Becca Carrender
Susanna Neahusan
Heather White
Akshaya and Sai
Pam Bolton and Jeff Conner
Rebecca Klopp
Jaclyn Cockrell
Michael Plefka
Tammie Snowden
Chris Garza
Bethany Boudreau
Christina Rosas
Keith and Michelle McComb
Veronica Gonzalez
Xavier Martinez
Liana E Dawson, M.D.
James and Sharon Glombowski
Claudia Adriana Cox
Nancy Hasler
Beatriz Dulzaides
Mike Kent Luna
Catherine Ralls Russell and Van B Russell
Elizabeth G. Gibson
Lance Adams
Donna Orsatti
Teresa Osborne
Weatherford-Toguchi Family
Lynn and Greg Taylor
Martha Arizpe
Tess Rodriguez
David Caruthers, Wiesia Zielinska, Paulina Majchrzak
Aurora Hudson
Cindy Schlapper
Alanna Weber and Alex Bowen
Jessica Rodriguez
Kate Hill
Dr. Takeitha S. Tucker
Pat Karaguleff
The Goldman Family
Lynne Wiesman
Mel G
Michele Ginette
Jane Myers Perrine
Diane Dean
Bridgette Abbott
Lindsey S
Coates Family
Dana and Will Green
Kathleen and Lindsay Coyle
Hallye Jordan
Stephanie Barko
Andrew and Amy Clements
Katie Bogue
The Batchellers
Sharon Ellis - foster to adopt mom to the most loving dog
Rhian LaMunyon
The Batchellers
Rick & Robin Fremont
Peyton Freiermuth
Kristen Geyer and Brad Knowles
Sarah Summers
Tolly Moseley
Michelle and Paul Jordan
Drs. Lisa and David Savage
Kelly Josh
Tempura / Hana
Sara Mancini
Kelsey Daiber
Kay Fisher-Irwin
Jacqueline Thomas
Iggy’s humans
The John and Laura Faith Family
Jackie Gilbert & Suzanne Whatley
Susan Cirami
Krystsina Yatskevich
Kay Fisher-Irwin
Tim and Ava Eischen
Anthony Rasp
Russ Shaver, Rebecca Moses, Dulce, and Augie
Julia Murray
Kathy Coolman
Kim C
Jim Burr
Sandra Sykora
Bernard Rosenblatt
Kristin Behnke
Eddy Peck
Donna Withrow
Nancy on behalf of Boomer and Honey (both adopted from APA)
Cindy King
Brad Barmer
Tracy Potter