Before You Arrive – Lifesaving Leadership

Maddie’s  Lifesaving Leadership 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.

We’ll also take field trips to the following locations:

Austin Animal Center:
7201 Levander Loop, Bldg A, Austin, TX 78702 (east Austin)
Bldg. A is in the middle of the property, look for the large airplane hanger style front.

What To Bring
  • Notebook
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Comfortable clothing and extra layers
  • Water bottle
  • 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 review the following before you arrive:

Please bring the following data for in-class activities:

Income/Outcome Data:

  • Bring the following data for the previous calendar year. Organize them in an Excel spreadsheet.
    • Intake: Broken down by age, species, and field vs. OTC (over-the-counter)
    • Outcome: Broken down by adopted, transferred, RTO, and euthanized (for euthanized, break down by species, age, and month)
    • Euthanisia snapshot: Now dig deeper into your outcome data. Collect all information you have available to you on all the animals euthanized for 1 week in July and 1 week in December. We ask that that you bring a printout of whatever information you have for each individual animal, which could simply mean a print out of a PetPoint file, or clinic notes, or emails from the former owner. Bring any and everything you have available to you! This will help us with an activity we’ll be doing in class.

Budget Data:

Bring the following data for the previous calendar year.

  • Number of large dog kennels that are public facing
  • Number of animals in foster at a given time (broken down by cat vs. dog)
  • Number of S/N done in shelter

Bring data from all the municipal open intake shelters in your community. If you are unsure of how to define your community, we define it as whatever government entity serves that area. For example, you can look at jurisdiction for garbage collection and police to figure out the boundaries of your community.

If you live in a rather small community, please bring information about any neighboring communities that would logically be included as part of your larger regional conglomerate.

Start and End Times

Day 1 (Monday):
Class will begin at 9:00 AM on Day 1 (Monday)  at the APA! Main Campus (TLAC).

When you arrive, head to building A (Davenport) and ring the bell. The door will be locked, but staff will be available to let you in.

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 Day 3 (Wednesday).

What to Wear

Activities will be classroom based, in the shelter and outdoors.

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.