Paddle For Puppies is an Annual Charity Paddle in Austin!
OVERVIEW: Paddle for Puppies is a unique annual fundraiser event benefiting Austin Pets Alive! and presented by Austin Subaru. Each year, participants hop in a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard (SUP) at Rowing Dock and paddle with us down Lady Bird Lake.
You can bring your own boat or rent one of ours. We’ll provide a Paddle for Puppies t-shirt with registration, along with cold brew coffee and other snacks to fuel you for the row. There will also be various vendors with free goodies for you!
In last year’s event, we had over 400 participants and raised just under $30,000 for APA’s! Parvo Puppy Program. Each year our event grows and becomes even more fun than the last. Thank you all for your support!
Date: Sunday – August 25th, 2019
Registration: 6:45am – 7:45am
Please plan to arrive early to avoid lines! We cannot accept check-ins who arrive after 7:45am. Registration will consist of filling out the liability waiver, receiving your wristband, picking up participant shirt, and boat rental assignment if reserved.
Paddle Time: 8am – 9:30am
All participants should be on the water by 8am and at this time, we will begin the paddle course! This should take approximately 1.5 hours.
Start Location: Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake
Parking: Free parking will be available underneath the Mopac bridge along Stratford drive. It is a short 5-7 minute walk up the road to the Rowing Dock/registration entrance. Only those hauling a personal boat will be allowed to enter the Rowing Dock parking lot to briefly unload before parking under the Mopac bridge. Please plan accordingly.
Registration IS OPEN! This event is capped at 500 participants.
Registration is required PER PERSON
Beneficiary: Austin Pets Alive! – Parvo Puppy Program
Presenting Sponsor: Austin Subaru
Live Music on the water provided by Come Drum for Fun
RENTALS: Over 200 boards and boats available at Rowing Dock – Online Reservation Required
BRING YOUR OWN BOAT: Participants can bring Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) approved watercraft for the event: Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayak, Canoe, Water Bikes, etc. – All participants MUST have a personal floatation device (life jacket) with their watercraft. Life vests for all human participants are provided with each rental.
*Algae in Lady Bird Lake*
At this point in time, the city has recommended that dogs stay out of Lady Bird Lake due to potentially hazardous algae that is present. Until further notice, we will be asking our participants to leave their dogs at home for their ensured safety; dogs will not be allowed on participant’s boats this year. As a friendly reminder, swimming in Lady Bird Lake remains illegal and we do not permit it during the event.
Austin Pets Alive!’s Parvo Program
APA!’s Parvo Program: Signs of parvovirus infection once meant immediate and absolute euthanasia for puppies and dogs at the city shelter. The first of its kind in the nation, Austin Pets Alive!’s Parvo Puppy ICU now gives these dogs a fighting chance. The disease takes about a week to treat and once they are free of parvo, these amazing pups go on to lead normal, healthy lives and are highly adoptable! Watching these puppies go from being on death’s door to playing and eating again is what keeps our volunteers coming back to help treat them. Each parvo puppy costs APA! about $200 to treat, so the number of lives APA! can save is directly related to donated supplies and funds that come through.
The Parvo Puppy ICU saves around 600 puppies yearly and has rescued more than 4,000 puppies from death at other shelters.