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    Austin Pets Alive!
    Funded from 2017-2024


    APA! is a nonprofit animal shelter and foster-based rescue organization pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals and educate others to do the same through international education and outreach. As a leader in no-kill sheltering, APA! helps more than 11,000 dogs and cats annually in central Texas and beyond, giving them a chance at the life they deserve. Since 2008, APA! has taken in more than 120,000 at-risk animals that have benefited from their innovative programs and specialized care.

    Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) provide medical care to senior dogs rescued from shelters lacking the resources to save older pets. All senior dogs at APA! receive routine wellness care, and many also need treatment for illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions to improve their quality of life and remove potential barriers to adoption. By treating their issues, APA! helps older dogs find loving homes faster—and can then rescue other at-risk seniors like Big Top, who just celebrated his 12th birthday!

    Big Top was originally adopted from APA! as a puppy and lived 11 happy years with his adopter. Sadly, Big Top’s human dad passed in early 2024, landing him back at APA!, now an elderly gentleman. Big Top’s adopter’s daughter told us that Big Top was “his rock, his mental and emotional support, his baby, and truly his best friend.” Thanks to the support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, Big Top has gotten the medical treatment he needs to live out his days in comfort, surrounded by love, until the day that he is reunited with his dad.