Austin Pets Alive damaged by fire

FILE - Austin Pets Alive! (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Austin Pets Alive! (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Pets Alive was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning after two separate dryers caught on fire within the past 24 hours.

“This morning, the interior of a dryer caught on fire and melted part of the wall,” said Rebecca Reid, Marketing Manager with Austin Pets Alive.

No animals were harmed but the non-profit is unsure how they are going to afford the repairs and get the towels and blankets washed.

“We are now without drying units in the dog program and we will need to undergo massive repairs in our wash room as well as replace the units in order to continue washing the massive amount of towels, blankets, etc. that the community so lovingly donated in the last month,” said Reid.

Just last month the community came together because the heating was broken.  Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning donated new heating units worth $12,000.

Austin Pets Alive is asking for volunteers to help with the laundry and if anyone is looking to donate new or used dryers they can call 512-961-6519. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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