AUSTIN PETS ALIVE

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 2807 Manchaca Road Austin TX 78704 USA

Mission:

To promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals in Austin. 


Programs: APA! pulls dogs and cats from the 24-hour euthanasia list of the municipal animal shelter of Austin, Texas.  It sends them into the care of foster volunteers, and adopts them out to permanent homes from the several daily adoption sites it runs.  The largest expense of this program is routine medical care (including spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations and a veterinarian's exam for every dog or cat) and medical treatment for sick and injured animals. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working in the bottle feeding nursery at APA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The team of Vets, volunteers, and staff have saved so many lives, and changed the euthanization rates in Austin dramatically! I would advise anyone searching for an organization to volunteer with to give APA a call.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Had a great experience with Austin Pets Alive! and have them to thank for my incredible black lab/pit mix. They are saving so many lives and finding forever homes everyday!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Austin Pets Alive is on of the best! They even give animals with life-threatening diseases a chance. They are wonderful.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came from Cincinnati to Austin to attend the 3 day workshop in 2012 that Austin Pets Alive provided to teach how they've managed to save so many animals; turning Austin into a NO KILL community successfully saving more than 90% of all animals coming into the city's open-admission shelter). IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Not only did they share what they've accomplished, but exactly how they've done it - I came home with a huge book full of details and forms that they use. The topics included how they became organized, how they set up a foster network to bottle feed all the under-age kittens that were otherwise being "put down" at the local animal shelter, how they work with the municipal shelter, how they work with the community and the volunteers, what they're doing to deal with treatable issues like ringworm and mange and parvo - without resorting to killing the animals! - - >> I'd highly recommend looking at AUSTIN's track record for anyone wanting to bring the NO KILL concept to their community!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I thought that I was only going to be working with TLAC who worked in conjunction with APA to help my resume. My college professors recommended volunteerism to help set myself apart from the competition. I was so lucky to have fallen into this opportunity because it not only "helped my resume" but I felt like I got to give back to a cause I believe in and allowed me to get closer to my family because I volunteered with my cousin. I ended up later getting a rescue dog and it changed my life. This organization is a tireless, well-oiled volunteering machine, but needs as much help as it can get. I love APA and TLAC and totally believe in it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning more about animals and about how non-profits work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more volunteers by making more people focus not only on caring for the amazing volunteers but community outreach.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More resources provided from the community to make staff less thinly stretched.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I adopted a pet and it changed my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fulfilled and like I helped.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for several organizations and I would say that this organization is the leanest I have ever seen. Yet they step up and take the hard cases, the baby kittens and puppies who have to be bottle fed, the medical cases, the behavior dogs. If I haven't seen it with my own my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed that an organization could save that many lives, on the budget they have. Every dollar the organization gets, it spends well and focuses on its core mission, saving as many pets as possible.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for many organizations throughout my adult life. I expect to see a consistent use of donated funds for their intended purpose. This organization does a good job with that. I would not spend my valuable personal time, usually @ 5 hours per week, otherwise. They do a great job providing care for the animals and getting homes for the animals as soon as possible. In only two years of existence, this organization has come a long way. According to their 2008 990, the brand new organization saved over 700 animals from being destroyed. I have been informed that this number will be closer to 5000 in 2010. The fact that none of the officers, directors, or key employees are paid indicates that this is truly a labor of love. I highly recommend this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeding and caring for some of the animals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help increase funds so that more work could be done

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