The Game Changer: How San Antonio Pets Alive! Turned the Tide in San Antonio’s Goal to Save Lives

By Christine Bentsen – As posted on outthefrontdoor.com. San Antonio, Texas has made substantial progress toward its No Kill goal. But it has been a long road. In 2006, backlash against ingrained city practices and the self-reported save rate of just 11% prompted a publicly announced initiative to achieve No Kill status by 2012. But […]

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Ask AmPA! Real World Scenario: Lawrence County, Alabama

In this post, we’ll take a real world situation answered by AmPA! speaker, Sgt. Karl Bailey. With no experience in shelter management he took the animal shelter, in Seagoville, TX from killing over 50 animals per month to over 97% live release rate the first year. Situation Lawrence County Commission has promised to build a shelter […]

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Journeys Toward No Kill – Houston Pets Alive! – Founder Andrea Birkelbach

What inspired you to get involved with animal rescue? I like speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. What were you doing prior to attending the AmPA conference? I would find stray animals (or some would say, the animals found me). I would get them vetted and adopt them to my friends […]

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AUSTIN TO HOLD 7TH ANNUAL AMERICAN PETS ALIVE CONFERENCE SEPT 23-25 2017

AUSTIN TO HOLD 7TH ANNUAL AMERICAN PETS ALIVE CONFERENCE SEPT 23-25 2017 Sharing No Kill Strategies With Shelters And Animal Welfare Advocates Nationwide American Pets Alive! announced that registration for the 7th annual American Pets Alive Conference is now open and will take place on September 23rd through the 25th, 2017 in Austin, Texas. The […]

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The Time Has Come… Passing on the Torch

From one of our speakers and transformative leaders, Ann Lindholm.   Dear Friends,   The time has come for me to “retire again” so I am announcing my departure from the APA! Dog Foster (DF) Manager role.  The good news is that the amazing Danica Kubick, our Asst. DF Manager, will be moving into this […]

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Creating a Win-Win Situation: Exercise Dates for Dogs and People

By Kristin Kish Rufftail Runners (http://www.rufftailrunners.org) encourages runners to take shelter dogs for a run or walk. This program gives dogs and their handlers a chance to spend time together while working out. I have been a Rufftail Runner volunteer for 1.5 years now.  It’s one of my favorite things to do because I can […]

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Conference Presentations Announced!

We are pleased to announce the following presentations, workshops, panels and masterclasses for our upcoming conference in September: Breed Restrictions in Housing: Overcoming Challenges Presentation by Stacey Coleman Secret Recipe- What You Need to Know to Make a 5-12K Intake Municipal Shelter Reach >90% Panel  - Cheryl Schneider, Brent Toellner Secret Recipe- What you need […]

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Finding the Perfect Match, through APA!’s Matchmaker Program

By Jess Borda Launched ​in March 2015, the APA! Matchmaker Program was created to solve a fundamental problem for shelter visitors, how to know which of the dozens of dogs seen in the artificial context of their kennels will fit in their homes?  APA! keeps reams of information about each of the dogs and knows from […]

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Canine Good Citizen Training Program

By Jess Borda On the trail or in the community, you see some of our Canine Good Citizen dogs in training. Often you’ll hear a muttered ‘wish my dog that was well trained’ as an owned dog struggles past a CGC dog patiently waiting in a sit. Our CGC trainers smiling proudly to themselves as […]

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