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Austin Paddle for Puppies

Paddle for Puppies is Back and Better Than Ever!

Happening this Sunday, hop in a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard (SUP) at the Rowing Dock and paddle with fellow animal lovers down Lady Bird Lake. All proceeds go to support the Parvo Puppy ICU Program at Austin Pets Alive!.


The Parvo Puppy ICU at Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) cares for puppies that contract canine parvovirus, a highly contagious and life-threatening virus that increases their risk for euthanasia in certain shelters. In 2021 alone, a record-breaking 963 lives were saved from the Parvo Puppy ICU — that’s 400 more puppies than APA! saved in 2020!

One of the puppies saved this year is Rover — a very special puppy not only survived parvo, but is also the 100,000th life saved at APA!. Incredible.

Needless to say, Rover’s adoption was quick, stealing the hearts of Timothy and Katherine Shook. The Shooks were Rover’s perfect match for a couple of reasons. First and most importantly, they are great pet parents. Second, Timothy is with Austin Subaru who puts on Paddle for Puppies and one of the largest supporters of the very same program that saved Rover’s life.

Today, Rover is a happy, healthy pooch thanks to the Parvo Puppy ICU Program. “Having a puppy whose life would have been cut short without the APA! parvo facility keeps us very grounded,” says Timothy. “We are so grateful that Rover was able to receive treatment, and we were able to help support the parvo ICU and the staff that keep the unit running.”

He adds, “We would love for people to know that APA! has saved over 100,000 lives and is working on a national initiative to increase the number of lives they’re able to save.”

If you would like to participate in this Sunday’s, Paddle for Puppies, register now at

Due to limited parking, all participants are encouraged to rent a boat from Rowing Dock – this will help expedite the check-in process for everyone and get all participants on the water faster! We’ll provide a Paddle for Puppies t-shirt with registration.

This year’s Paddle for Puppies is taking place on May 15 from 6:45-10:00 AM at the Rowing Dock. You’ll also receive a special t-shirt featuring Rover when you sign up.

Register today to paddle and save a puppy’s life!


about the author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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