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Austin Pets Alive! Gets New Truck and $15,000 in Dog Treats

Dogs at an Austin Pets Alive! adoption day last year
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Dogs at an Austin Pets Alive! adoption day last year

A local non-profit organization dedicated to saving shelter animals from being euthanized will have a whole lot of doggy treats to hand out to rescued pets. Austin Pets Alive! (APA) just received $15,000 in donated dog treats. On top of that, APA gets to keep the 22-foot trailer that delivered the food.

“We’re so thankful for this generous donation from our friends and mentors at Best Friends Animal Society,” APA executive director Ellen Jefferson said in a news release.  “We will be able to save an additional 500 lives per year with this vehicle, which will allow us to do mobile adoptions and also serve as a transport vehicle for rescue situations, like the night the Bastrop shelter was evacuated due to the wildfires.”

APA posted a photo of volunteers unloading treats from the truck on their Facebook page. The truck arrived at the old Town Lake Animal Center site on W. Cesar Chavez Street around 10 a.m.

In November, Austin City Council approved a deal that allows APA to temporarily operate its program in the Town Lake Animal Center, the building that used to house the city’s animal shelter. The Austin Animal Center moved to a new location in East Austin in mid-November. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.