Today, the governor of Delaware signed into law a bill spearheaded by Best Friends that will ensure that in future, any dog seized in a dogfighting ring bust in Delaware will be evaluated as an individual and afforded the opportunity of rehabilitation and adoption rather than face an automatic death sentence. (x)

Good things do come from bad. Thank you, Delaware, for setting such a wonderful example!

Today, the governor of Delaware signed into law a bill spearheaded by Best Friends that will ensure that in future, any dog seized in a dogfighting ring bust in Delaware will be evaluated as an individual and afforded the opportunity of rehabilitation and adoption rather than face an automatic death sentence. (x)

Good things do come from bad. Thank you, Delaware, for setting such a wonderful example!

July 31 2014, 07:59 PM   •   46 notes

Chachi thinks he’s a lap dog. (Okay, he kind of is ‘cause I let him.)

Tyler makes the happiest snorts when he’s swimming around with a stick in his mouth.

Love these boys.

July 30 2014, 11:09 PM   •   19 notes

FOSTER PLEA IN AUSTIN

Aphrodite is her name, and love is most definitely her game. This affectionate, playful girl needs a break from the shelter. We’re not sure what’s going on, but her tummy is angry and she is not doing well. She seems to get along with other dogs and is a gentle, sweet pup. Can you help? Find out how to foster with Austin Pets Alive! here.

July 30 2014, 09:03 PM   •   29 notes

This has been an AMAZING week for Austin Pets Alive!’s long stay pibbles. Former sidebar pups Al Pacino (7 years old) and Kate (6 years old) both went home this week. In fact, Kate went home just now (my Facebook is exploding at the moment). Both came to APA! in the summer of 2012 and spent two years in the shelter. I may be sobbing my eyes out right now. I love this organization. I love working there. No matter the struggles we and every other rescue goes through, these are the moments that make what we do worth it all.

Happy tails, Al Pacino and Kate!

July 30 2014, 03:59 PM   •   8 notes

Our new sidebar pup is Vickie! This gal is coming up on her 3rd birthday and has spent over 600 days at Austin Pets Alive! She is a smart, high energy dog who needs to be the only kid in the house, but is more than enough dog to keep you company! As her bio states, “She has been working hard to become the perfect companion, and has already come a long way in her training. She is whip-smart and eager for more challenges!”

Vickie is available at APA!’s Town Lake location, open 365 days/year from 11.30-7.

July 30 2014, 03:40 PM   •   5 notes

This is my special dude, 3-year-old pibble/mix Tyler. He is part pibble, part dolphin, and part hoverdog. He is incredibly athletic (loves to run and swim, as well as run the agility course), playful, and snuggly.

His big roadblock? He’s fearful of new people. But, with proper introductions and lots of treats, we have seen him warm up to nearly everyone we introduce him to. Tyler really needs a home. He’s been with Austin Pets Alive! for over a year now.

Tyler’s ideal home would be medium to low traffic, no kids, no cats, and a doggy sister who is both dog and people social. He recently went on a sleepover with his favorite volunteer and was super submissive with her older dog. He followed the other dog’s lead on everything and would try to sneak in some play and, as you can see above, snuggles.

Our Ty Ty has come such a long way since he first landed in our facility last June (2013). While still skittish and reactive inside the shelter, he has gained a lot of confidence on the trail. He runs and swims with little to no mind of any onlookers.

This sweet boy is available at APA!’s Town Lake location.

July 29 2014, 11:57 AM   •   16 notes

Precious is exactly that. This 3-year-old staffie/mix is cute as can be, with a high pitched bark she uses to be overheard in the chaos of shelter life. (She hops in place with each bark like a cartoon pup.) Once away from the dogs, she quiets down and is ready to have fun. She knows sit and only pulls a little on leash. She could probably live with kids and another dog or two (with proper introductions). She is available at APA!’s Town Lake location

July 27 2014, 08:05 AM   •   11 notes

This is my new bud Chachi, a Grade A snuggler. I have recently started working with him on desensitization to his gentle leader. Luckily, he’s a fan of hotdogs. After we worked for a bit, I sat on the ground and he immediately came over to me and fell into my lap.

Chachi is available for adoption in Austin through Austin Pets Alive! You can check him out on their website here.

July 23 2014, 10:15 PM   •   29 notes
Check out this event in Oakland hosted by BADRAP. All about rescue dogs! x

Check out this event in Oakland hosted by BADRAP. All about rescue dogs! x

July 23 2014, 11:57 AM   •   19 notes