Apr 05, 2023
Paddle for Puppies is back for the 12th year in a row! Celebrated as one of Austin’s favorite events, this iconic gathering is more than just a paddle down Lady Bird Lake — it’s a lifesaving endeavor!
Sponsored by Austin Subaru and hosted at Rowing Dock, Paddle for Puppies 2023, will take place on Sunday May 7th at 8:00am. Both people and water-confident dogs* paddle 2.5 miles down Lady Bird Lake, just past Congress bridge on the boat of your choice — kayak, SUP, canoe, all in support of our Parvo Puppy ICU! Visit the registration site to learn more and to scoop up your ticket!
Why does APA! even have a Parvo Puppy ICU? Prior to the birth of this program, due to the highly contagious nature and almost-always fatal outcome if not treated, puppies that tested positive for parvovirus were typically euthanized because resources didn’t exist to support this vulnerable group. In 2008, the dedicated and determined humans that began APA! as we know it today, made the decision that they would begin pulling and treating all parvo positive puppies. In November of 2008, the city of Austin achieved no kill for puppies because of our program!
Since 2008, this ICU has taken in thousands of puppies and has steadily achieved a 90% save rate. The work that takes place in this program is hard, both physically and emotionally and is worth it daily to see the tiny tail wags of puppies who know we are working to save their lives. And later, to see the smiling faces of the people who adopt these little survivors.
Fundraisers like Paddle for Puppies are an integral piece to the lifesaving work that takes place in this program. On average, it can cost upwards of $400 to treat a puppy with parvovirus. Last year, our Parvo team treated just over 1300 puppies and so far this year, this dedicated team has treated just over 300 puppies.
We’re excited for another year of gathering with both those who have attended this event every year and those who are joining for the first time. There’s nothing better than a group of humans coming together to save some puppy dog lives! See you there!
*Due to the potential for toxins in the water, waivers will be required if you are planning to bring a dog on the water. These waivers will be available at registration when you check-in on-site. Dogs attending must stay in/on their vessel and should not drink the lake water.