About Us

Texas Pets Alive! works to advance animal welfare through effective change in statewide and local policy. Our primary focus is to advocate for the dozens of life-saving state-wide legislation that directly impact animal shelters, rescues, and companion animals. TPA! also works at the local level with municipal animal services, non-profits, and community members to enhance local policy changes to remove antiquated barriers to proven life-saving best practices. Since many of these companion animal 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 to give all shelters and rescues a voice in these issues.

In 2021, TPA! was successful in getting our priority bill, SB 197, passed and signed into law effectively eliminating all sales tax on animal adoptions. 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. This session, we are focused on increasing access to veterinary care, housing policies, and policies that preserve the human animal bond and keep families together.