2022 Paddle for Puppies

Benefiting the Parvo Puppy Program at Austin Pets Alive!

2022 Paddle for Puppies

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022

Location: Rowing Dock 

Event Time: 6:45am – 10am

       Registration: 6:45am – 7:30am*
       Paddle Time: 8:00am – 9:45am
       *Please allow ample time for registration check-in and boat rental pick-up.

OVERVIEW: Paddle for Puppies is a unique annual fundraiser benefiting Austin Pets Alive! and presented by Austin Subaru. Each year, participants hop in a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard (SUP) at Rowing Dock and paddle with us down Lady Bird Lake. 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. All proceeds from this event go to Austin Pets Alive!

In 2021, APA! saved 963 puppies and so far this year, their Parvo ICU has treated around 300 just in the first quarter!

Thank you all for your support!

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 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 required PER PERSON

BENEFICIARY: Austin Pets Alive! – Parvo Puppy Program


REGISTRATION: All participants are required to register online. When you register, you will be able to select your boat of choice, thanks to our friends at Rowing Dock! Boat options include single kayaks, double kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and RUFF SUPs.

WHAT’S NEW AND DIFFERENT: In 2022, we plan for a normal event with no restrictions. Dogs will be allowed and we are excited about what this year brings! 

  • Due to the potential for toxins in the water, waivers will need to be signed if you are planning to bring a dog on the water. 
  • Each group that rents a boat from Rowing Dock will be asked to have one primary contact. That primary contact will need to bring a state-issued ID and a matching credit card on file.
  • Instead of picking and paying different prices for a specific boat ahead of time, we’ve streamlined the boat rental process and included it in the registration. A large variety of kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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. It costs about $200 to treat each puppy that comes in with parvo so the number of lives APA! can save is directly related to donated supplies and funds that come through. The APA! Parvo Puppy Program has rescued more than 5,000 puppies from death at other shelters.


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