Texas Pets Alive! is the advocacy arm of Austin Pets Alive!, an innovative and life-saving organization that is transforming the way we look at animal sheltering in Texas and beyond, and works to advance animal welfare through effective change in statewide legislation. In 2021, TPA! was successful in getting their priority bill to eliminate all sales tax on animal adoptions, SB 197, signed by the governor and made effective October 1, 2021. We represent the best interests of animals and their people at the Texas Capitol, working with lawmakers, stakeholders and volunteers to ensure our laws support best practices in animal sheltering and welfare across the state.
Each session, dozens of bills are introduced that directly impact animal shelters and rescues. Yet many of those organizations are focused on the day-to-day of saving lives in their communities and don't have the bandwidth to advocate for or against those laws. Texas Pets Alive! was created to fill that gap and advocate for policies that promote life-saving and give all shelters and rescues a voice in these issues