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 and dogs 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. Furry friends are welcomed and encouraged to join! We’ll provide a Paddle for Puppies t-shirt with registration, along with complimentary breakfast tacos and coffee to fuel you for the row. There will also be various vendors with free goodies for you (and your pup)!
In last year’s event, we’ve had over 400 participants and raised over $25,000 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 26th, 2018
Registration Begins: 6:45am
Shirt and Boat Pick Up: 6:45am – 7:30am
Paddle Start Time: 7:45am
Paddle End Time: 9:30am
Start Location: Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake
Parking: Free parking will be available underneath the Mopac bridge along Stratford drive.
Registration COMING SOON! 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.
All dogs are encouraged (but not required) to wear life jackets. If you don’t know how to swim, please do not sign up for this event. If your dog does not like the water, please do not bring him/her to this event. Please help us all set a good example and make this a fun and safe event for everyone involved.
SPECTATOR BOAT: Cheer on paddlers from our FREE spectator boat, the M.V. Nighthawk, provided by Capital Cruises! Sign up online.
Boarding will be at Capital Cruises by the Hyatt Regency. 208 Barton Springs Rd.
You WILL NOT be able to board the Spectator Boat at Rowing Dock.
No age restrictions. Dogs are not allowed on the boat, with the exception of working service dogs for special needs passengers.
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.