Before You Arrive – Feline Lifesaving

Maddie’s Feline Lifesaving Master Class

Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC):
1156 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703 (downtown Austin)
**Please note: This address can confuse Google Maps, if so, use “1200 Reserve Road, Austin TX 78703” for the most accurate directions.
Parking locations can be found here.

What To Bring
  • Notebook
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Comfortable clothing and extra layers
  • Written questions or concerns to make sure all of your questions get answered
  • Existing protocols from your organization
  • Any documents that would be helpful to aid in the understanding of your organization and its systems
  • A great attitude!

All students should complete their pre-work through Maddie’s University prior to their apprenticeship, this is tracked for completion. Information to register for Maddie’s University and receive your pre-class information is in your class registration confirmation email sent by the Academy. Some courses have not been released and this page has been provided to assist you or provide a refresher prior to your attendance.

Please complete the following before you arrive:

  • Pre-Survey
  • Using Data to Save Lives
  • Feline Program Gap Analysis
  • Identify one cat currently in the care of your organization who represents the type(s) of cats you aren’t adopting out quickly and/or that you need solutions for. Gather information such as pet bios, staff write-ups, behavior history, and anything else your organization uses to formulate the conversations you have about your dogs. Bring these documents with you to Austin.

Review the following documentation before arrival:

Cat Program Overview:

Foster Program:


Barn Cats (Community or Working Cats):


Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV):

Feline Leukemia (FeLV):


Medical – Optional Reading:


Start and End Times

Students should plan to arrive at APA’s Main Campus (TLAC) at 10:00 AM on the first day of their apprenticeship. When you arrive, please head to Building A (Davenport) and ring the bell. Let them know you are there for the Maddie’s Feline Lifesaving Master Class to be directed to your classroom.

The daily schedule will vary, and will be communicated to students on the first day of the apprenticeship. 

The apprenticeship will end by 6:00 PM on the last day of the apprenticeship.

What to Wear

Activities will be classroom based, in the shelter and outdoors. Students will spend time working hands-on with cats and should wear clothes that they are comfortable getting slightly dirty.

We recommend:

  • Close-toed shoes
  • Pants or Jeans
  • Layers
  • We encourage all our students to proudly wear shirts or items from their home shelters!

Texas weather is unpredictable, so it is recommended to check the daily weather forecast prior to your visit. You can learn more about our weather here.