Austin Pets Alive!

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Animals
  • Community
  • Disaster Relief


Town Lake Animal Center1156 W. Cesar Chavez St.Austin, TX 78703 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To keep Austin a no-kill city by serving as the safety net to the city shelter's animals that would otherwise be killed, saving the most medically and behaviorally challenged pets.


Please visit our website listed if interested in volunteering!

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a 501(c) 3 (nonprofit) organization run almost exclusively by dedicated volunteers.

We are implementing innovative and progressive programs in Austin and Central Texas after studying the best practices of other cities who are no-kill or are in the process of becoming no-kill.

We have created our own "road map" that uses a lot of experience from many different places as well as incorporating the unique characteristics of the Austin area. Austin is rich in prevention resources such as spay/neuter, compared to other cities, and we are filling the gaps in service areas that have been historically under-represented, such as high volume, high quality adoption.

We are currently focused on helping the healthy and treatable pets who are at risk of being killed in a shelter, by rescuing the pets who are at the greatest risk and helping owners who are having problems so great that they need to surrender their pet(s) to a shelter.

In our rescue program, to not duplicate work of other agencies, we focus solely on the pets who have already been passed over by other groups and the shelters’ adoption programs and only take the healthy and treatable pets who are about to be killed and have no other options.


Would you recommend Austin Pets Alive!?
2 reviews Write a review
by Jolene D. (October 6, 2020)
Love helping the doggies but they are so unorganized and kinda rude.
by Emily S. (December 9, 2015)
It depends if u enjoy doing it i love interacting with pets so i recomend

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