Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and foster-based rescue organization that’s pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals and educate others to do the same through its American Pets Alive! nationwide education and outreach division. Being a leader in no kill sheltering in America’s largest no kill city, 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 saved more than 100,000 lives by rescuing, treating, and finding forever homes for vulnerable shelter pets, including sick and injured animals, animals with behavioral issues, neonates, and seniors.
Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Austin Pets Alive! 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 Rommie. This 15-years-young pup came to APA! with a slight heart murmur, dental disease, and hypothyroidism. Thanks to the support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, Rommie got the medical treatments he needed for a second chance at happily ever after with his new family.