Austin Pets Alive! Needs Austin's Help Staying Cool

Temperatures are reaching an all-time high in Austin this summer, and Austin Pets Alive! urgently needs the community's help to keep their animals cool.

 image via instagram @austinpetsalive

image via instagram @austinpetsalive

APA! is asking the public to consider donating box fans, coolers, and bags of ice to their shelter. Their current shelter is outdated and not equipped to handle the heat that comes with Texas summer, and while they have plans to launch a major campaign to build a new shelter, they need immediate relief for their current animal residents. 

Folks who are interested in dropping off supplies can leave them at Austin Pets Alive! at 1156 West Cesar Chavez, Building A. Want to donate online? Simply fill out this donation form and indicate how much you'd like to give, even a bag of ice helps. 

If you'd like to hangout with a new friend for a couple of weeks and live within 40 miles of APA!, they are seeking short-term fosters for dogs to help get them indoors and out of the heat. You can fill out a foster application here.

Stay cool, y'all! 

The Good Guide: 4th of July in Austin

Looking to celebrate Independence Day in a way that helps others? Here are 4 good parties on the 4th:

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Corn Dog Eating Contest at Black Sheep Lodge

Nothing says “I love America” like shoving corn dogs in your face for a good cause. Your $20 contest entry fee scores you a commemorative t-shirt, and a portion goes back to Austin Pets Alive!. The winner takes home $250 cash price, heyo! Info here.

Bikes, Fireworks, & Warren Hood at The ABGB

Celebrate freedom with The ABGB and enjoy music from Warren Hood, delicious pizza, and ice cold beer. Folks from Ghisallo Cycling Initiative will be onsite, and you can ride safely with friends over to the fireworks at Auditorium Shores. Plus there’s a watermelon eating contest! Info here.

Pickled Egg Eating Contest at Haymaker

Create Independence Day memories at Haymaker, if you have a strong stomach that is. Eat the most habanero pickled eggs and you could win $250, plus your entree fee raises money for Helping Hand Home for Children. Info here.

Vegan Hot Dog Eating Contest at Doggie Style

A guilt-free take on an American tradition, stop by for games, treats, and see how many vegan dogs you can eat. Benefiting Central Texas Pig Rescue. Info here.

PS - Fireworks often cause anxiety for animals, so don't forget to keep your pets indoors this holiday!