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Shelter is a short documentary about the city animal shelter in Austin, Tx. It follows Austin Pets Alive!, a local nonprofit group aimed towards getting Austin to end euthanasia at the city shelter and become a “no-kill” city. By following this group, shelter employees, and the animals at the shelter we learn about the problem of pet overpopulation and how shelters can be reformed to help more animals get out alive.


Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a 501(c) 3 (nonprofit) organization run almost exclusively by dedicated volunteers. We are implementing innovative and progressive programs in Austin after studying the best practices of other cities who are no-kill or are in the process of becoming no-kill.

Shelter was filmed for a social documentary film class at the University of Texas that paired together Radio-Television-Film students with Public Policy graduate students to create short films with a message. It was filmed by Kelly Sloan (radio-television-film student), Lauren Dooley and Jenaya McGowan (public policy students).