Editor's note: CultureMap is committed to shining a light on Austin-area nonprofits and their impact on our community. So, we're launching the first-ever CultureMap Austin Charity Challenge, highlighting deserving local organizations — one of which will become our charity partner for 2016 based on readers' votes. Get to know one of our eight finalists, Austin Pets Alive!
Nearly four years after the Austin City Council passed a resolution to make Austin a no kill community, Austin Pets Alive! has led the charge in rescuing more than 30,000 pets from euthanasia and finding them forever homes.
APA has created programs like The PASS Program (Positive Alternative to Shelter Surrender), which provides assistance to pet owners who may be unable to house their pets, significantly reducing the number of animals that enter the shelter system.
Through developing innovative programs for at-risk animals, APA has helped Austin become and maintain its status as the largest no-kill city in the country.
Vote now for APA or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge running through December 30. A winner will be announced January 5, 2016, and will receive a CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000.