Austin Pets Alive Long Stay Dogs

Austin Pets Alive Long Stay Dogs This page is dedicated to all of our amazing dogs that have been with us for 300+ days. Prior to 2008 when APA! APA! The Austin Pets Alive!
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started rescuing and adopting cats and dogs, 50%, or 14,000 of the animals entering the city’s shelter were euthanized. examined the gaps in existing lifesaving efforts and found there were groups of animals for which life-saving programs did not exist. created programs targeting the groups of animals facing certain euthanasia. These programs lead to a measurable impact on the community’s save rat

e – and Austin’s status as the largest No-Kill City in the Nation. Hundreds of extremely dedicated volunteers donate their skills, expertise, and love to APA! – to the tune of more than 2,000 hours EACH WEEK or the equivalent of 50 full-time staff members. According to the current valuation of volunteer time of $22.14 per hour (2012), determined annually by the Independent Sector, APA! volunteers contributed $2,334,109 during 2013. Our largest program is Adoptions because no matter which program a life needed to be saved, they all have to find permanent homes. Our goal is to have a state of the art adoption center that incorporates cutting edge marketing methods to facilitate the movement of pets into those homes. Dog Behavior Program will provide the dogs in our care all available resources to enhance their quality of life and save as many lives as possible. We recognize, respect, and treat each animal as an individual. We utilize all tools and techniques in our programs to teach and support healthy, appropriate behavior to companion dogs within our community. We support our adopters in strengthening and nourishing their bond with their companion. We share our program successes with other animal welfare organizations to support life-saving efforts beyond our own shelter and community. With the support of Best Friends Animal Society, Austin Pets Alive! began training adoptable dogs to pass the Canine Good Citizen, an obedience test designed by the American Kennel Club. These obedience tests consists of ten different real-world scenarios that demonstrate solid obedience training and general reliability. Dogs are tested by an AKC evaluator after a period of training, and after passing the ten tests they are eligible for the title of ‘CGC Ready.’ Once they achieve ‘CGC Ready,’ they have demonstrated when partnered with a responsible person, he or she possesses all the qualities of a well-trained and reliable pet. Through these innovative programs Austin has become the largest No-Kill city in the United States. Since our inception, we have found that almost every large city in the US has the same gaps as existed in Austin in 2008. We are now a model for communities nationwide, and through our American Pets Alive! program we train other communities on how to create and manage the same lifesaving programs so that ultimately no pets have to die unnecessarily in America.

Tagalong
01/06/2024

Tagalong

Congratulations to Tagalong who found his forever home in November!! A lot of times people think that small dogs are 'ea...
01/06/2024

Congratulations to Tagalong who found his forever home in November!! A lot of times people think that small dogs are 'easier' than other dogs. Here at APA!, we gotta say, those little ones are just as spunky! When you find someone who understands the boundaries dogs like Tagalong need, it's a match made in heaven!

Elzar
12/31/2023

Elzar

Congratulations to Elzar who found his forever home last month! At 1539 days, it took a village to help get Elzar over t...
12/31/2023

Congratulations to Elzar who found his forever home last month! At 1539 days, it took a village to help get Elzar over the finish line. He's a very good boy who shelter stress got to and the days went by and, even with a few placements, the cards weren't exactly aligning for him.
Then a person who is skilled in working with humans with different needs decided Elzar was going to go home with her. It took his team of volunteers several months to help him acclimate to his home. Now he's loved and cherished as each VGD (very good dog) deserves. Congrats Elzar!

Buddy Boy
12/30/2023

Buddy Boy

Congratulations to Buddy Boy who found his forever home last month! Buddy had been in our care for nearly two years befo...
12/30/2023

Congratulations to Buddy Boy who found his forever home last month! Buddy had been in our care for nearly two years before his person found this great dog. Buddy's cute face would attract lots of folks, but, due to a degenerative spine disease, he has a really hard time holding his bladder.
In comes Buddy's new people-they started with a sleepover and discovered his bathroom habits were pretty easy to manage and absolutely fell in love with him. Soon after, he was adopted into their loving home!

The ears get us every time! Do you want a happy-go-lucky dog that loves fetch as much as he loves to swim? Clef is quite...
12/28/2023

The ears get us every time!
Do you want a happy-go-lucky dog that loves fetch as much as he loves to swim? Clef is quite the homebody too-living in foster for the last 3 years, he's perfected the balance of fun and rest.
Why does a dog like Clef wait in the shelter system for three years? We're not quite sure. He may not be able to live with other dogs, but he's pretty flexible in a house otherwise. Maybe you've had your eye on Clef for a while but aren't quite sure if he's a good fit. We challenge you to simply ask! Tell us about your household and we can let you know how Clef fits into it!

Learn more about him here:https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-69440

Ruthie is quite the catch! Get it? 🤣
12/27/2023

Ruthie is quite the catch! Get it? 🤣

Get in-I'm drivin'! ~Porterhouse
12/26/2023

Get in-I'm drivin'! ~Porterhouse

She's got style, she's got grace. She's gonna lick you on the face!!Sweet senior Rousseau is wishing for a soft bed and ...
12/25/2023

She's got style, she's got grace. She's gonna lick you on the face!!

Sweet senior Rousseau is wishing for a soft bed and a home of her own this holiday season. While safe in a kennel, the hard surface isn't doing her old bones any favors.

Rousseau is a people oriented dog who loves humans more than she loves dogs. She'd thrive in a home with teens or older and as your only pet.
Learn more about Rousseau here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-37585

12/22/2023

We love a smart dog, don’t you? Ulysses has had 1108 days to polish his skills, his home manners and his winning personality.
Is he going to enjoy sharing a home with other pets? Nope. Like large social gatherings? Also nope. But he is going to show how entertaining he is and how quickly he adapts to a new home.
His long time foster has given us plenty of notice for a move next fall-let’s get him home now!
Learn more about Ulysses here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-89675

12/21/2023

Living the large life, making his way through the world.
As a senior dog, Blaine wants a peaceful life. One with patience and love. He loves his foster home where he lives with several other dogs!
He’s a quiet dog who needs the time and patience to show his true personality.
Give a senior dog a chance? Learn more about Blaine here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-78424

All Jingle is asking for for the holidays is a warm bed. Well snacks and a home of her own wouldn't hurt either!Jingle h...
12/19/2023

All Jingle is asking for for the holidays is a warm bed. Well snacks and a home of her own wouldn't hurt either!

Jingle has lived with older kids (over 12) before and would do best as the only pet. She can get overwhelmed by dogs barking nearby, so if you have a house with a yard, she'd much appreciate it!!

Sweet, snuggly and full of sass, Jingle is going to need some patience as she settles into a home again.

Learn more about Jingle here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-110154

Can't quite figure out why this picture of Jingle hasn't broken the internet yet. 😉
12/18/2023

Can't quite figure out why this picture of Jingle hasn't broken the internet yet. 😉

Brrrr. It's cold out there... Wait a second. It's December in Austin, so Franklin's just playing dress up for the season...
12/14/2023

Brrrr. It's cold out there... Wait a second. It's December in Austin, so Franklin's just playing dress up for the season!

Franklin is on the look out for a home for the holidays! One where he rule the roost as the only pet and wait quietly at home while you're away. He's not too picky-give him a chance!

Learn more about Franklin here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-80151

Not only does Mole have the looks, he's got the smarts!! Bilingual, he's most likely going to know sit, stay and come in...
12/11/2023

Not only does Mole have the looks, he's got the smarts!! Bilingual, he's most likely going to know sit, stay and come in SPANISH! How cool is that?!

Mole is a spry senior who loves easy walks and sharing space with his humans. He's also happy to spend his days enjoying sun naps!

Learn more about Mole here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-100264

Mole's soulful brown eyes get us every time.
12/11/2023

Mole's soulful brown eyes get us every time.

12/10/2023
12/08/2023

Rio knows how to make his own fun!

As we come up to SEVEN years in APA!’s care, let’s talk about the reality of Rio in your home:
-While he’s not up for a raging party, he would be more than happy to hang out in his crate while visitors are over
-Rio can meet new people! He has made so many new friends this year that he’s welcomed into his circle. New-to-him friends are more than comfortable taking him out when his foster is gone.
-He doesn’t need a lot of space-you have room inside and out to throw a ball? That’s why Rio needs.

If you’ve been following Rio on his journey and are wondering if you can fit him into your home and lifestyle, please reach out! It might not be perfect but let’s talk. You won’t be sorry if you give Rio a chance.
Learn more here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-45785

12/06/2023

We CANNOT with how cute Vin Diesel is. Literally squeal every time we think how cute he is! From crunching his treats to hanging out with foster dog siblings, Vin Diesel has come so far from the gangly teenager in the kennels to the (mostly) mature gent he is now.
We dare you to meet his handsome lug-you won’t be sorry!
Learn more about Vinny here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-82602

Don't you love a dog with a sense of humor? Hyperion has been entertaining his foster parents and foster dog siblings fo...
12/05/2023

Don't you love a dog with a sense of humor? Hyperion has been entertaining his foster parents and foster dog siblings for well over a year now and is ready to take his comedy routine on the road! Well at least to a home of his own!

Learn more about Hyperion here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-115293

She's got style, she's got grace. She's going to lick you in the face!!Sweet senior girl Breeze has spent time in both a...
12/01/2023

She's got style, she's got grace. She's going to lick you in the face!!

Sweet senior girl Breeze has spent time in both a home and in the shelter and the votes are in: she prefers her time in a home! She's a sweet girl who wants to show her huge love for humans (dogs not so much) in the comfort of a home.

Can you give a senior a place to nap? Learn more about Breeze here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-63077

Beluga is so special in so many ways. He's a little wobbly-not sure what happened before he arrived at APA! He's always ...
11/30/2023

Beluga is so special in so many ways. He's a little wobbly-not sure what happened before he arrived at APA! He's always hungry! And he's ready to coexist in a home with you!
It takes time for Beluga to trust and love his human companions but he's willing to the chance if you are!
Learn more about Beluga here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-104937

Senior dogs come with a lifetime of experiences-some good, some not so good. They may have ended up in the shelter more ...
11/30/2023

Senior dogs come with a lifetime of experiences-some good, some not so good. They may have ended up in the shelter more than once. They made have had a life experience that doesn't suit their home anymore. Or maybe they've just been waiting for YOU this whole time.

Rudder would love a home where he can cherished as a loving member of the family. Where he can be the center of attention. And maybe where you can make a few small adjustments to make his life a little bit better.

Let's get an eleven and half year old dog out of the shelter and into the comfort of a home. Learn more about Rudder here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-79727

Pickle has been heading out on the trail since the weather got cool. He'd love to show you his favorite hot spots!
11/28/2023

Pickle has been heading out on the trail since the weather got cool. He'd love to show you his favorite hot spots!

¡Verde! Harley is a huge Austin FC fan!
11/24/2023

¡Verde! Harley is a huge Austin FC fan!

Whether is curled up for a nap, hitting the trail or settling in for snacks, Cersi is absoultely your girl! A senior at ...
11/22/2023

Whether is curled up for a nap, hitting the trail or settling in for snacks, Cersi is absoultely your girl!

A senior at 8 years old, Cersi has plenty of home experience to bring to the table. She wants the quiet of a home with few distractions and where she can be loved for the rest of her days.

Learn more about Cersi here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-33731

11/22/2023

Keep your eye on the prize! Mycah is such a joy to train and hang out with. He loves to learn since he loves treats so much and is one of the most affectionate dogs around!
He’s a young senior at 7 and is ready to leave the shelter behind. is all of November and now is the time to make a difference in a shelter dog’s life.
Learn more about Mycah here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-45339

Hi! From Mycah!
11/21/2023

Hi! From Mycah!

11/20/2023

Hi from Oprah! A quirky little senior girl who needs her space and her needs respected. While she’s been successful in a foster home for over two years, transitions are really hard for her. Oprah is lucky in her advocates who go above and beyond every day to both make her life pretty stellar and to help her be ready for a home of her own.
If you want to hear more about Oprah and how she can fit into your life, learn more about her here: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/dogs/apa-a-79990

Cheeser
11/19/2023

Cheeser

Congratulations to Cheeser who found his forever home last month! Since there's no failure when a dog finds a home, we d...
11/19/2023

Congratulations to Cheeser who found his forever home last month! Since there's no failure when a dog finds a home, we don't call those a we call them !
Cheeser is so sensitive to the sights and sounds of a regular neighborhood, it takes some extra management and training to keep him regulated. Luckily his foster, now adopter was willing to adapt to his needs and provide him the outlets (like running on a treadmill) that he needed.
Our fosters make the world better for each and every one of our dogs. You can make a difference through foster or adoption today!

Ikea
11/18/2023

Ikea

Congratulations to our low rider favorite Ikea!! Ikea found her forever home last month after hopping in and out of the ...
11/18/2023

Congratulations to our low rider favorite Ikea!! Ikea found her forever home last month after hopping in and out of the shelter a few times since arriving in March of 2022 and giving birth the 3 of the most adorable grey potatoes!
Ikea showed us again and again how much she loves people, including being an Austin FC honorary mascot and greeting tens of thousands of people in 'dog.'
Ikea lucked into a lovely forever home who wants to give her the world. Happy trails little piggy!

Fotis
11/18/2023

Fotis

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