Community Involvement

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We’ve supported local pet nonprofits from day one.

We’ve donated over $1 million in free medical services to 13 Central Texas animal nonprofits.

Our partners promote animal compassion and prevent homelessness. The free care we offer helps them prepare their dogs and cats for adoption and a good life with forever families.

We also give back in two other ways:

  1. K-12 education and “vet for a day” hospital visits ignite STEM passion.
  2. Supporting your events! We love to meet the people and pets of Central Texas at neighborhood fundraisers.

Overall, we’re proud to have given back over a million dollars in donations and services to support our community’s pets.

Our philanthropy program began on Firehouse’s first day in Austin, and we look forward to continued giving for years to come.

Our Work

Through the end of 2020, we will have donated $1M in free medical care and cash donations to support the shelter pets in Central Texas.

At Firehouse, volunteering isn’t relegated to the holiday season since pets need free medical care all year and civic events occur from January to December. A program that offers 365 days of philanthropy brings us immense joy and gratitude, not to mention the wonderful feeling that comes with helping pets get healthy enough to find their forever home.

Photo by Stephen Spillman / For Statesman

Firehouse supported the Austin American-Statesman’s Season For Caring campaign for the 4th year in 2020. We donated $10,000 in free medical care for pets whose owners were part of the fundraiser. Here’s how we helped:
6-month Skylo had emergency surgery to look for a toy he had ingested

Dachshund Derby

Pulling for Pets

Firehouse supported Emancipet in 2021’s Pulling for Pets. Pet lovers competed to see who could pull Emancipet’s 26,000 lb mobile clinic over 20 feet in the fastest time.

Fur Ball

Girl Scout Visit

Dr Mike Lawton toured his daughter’s Girl Scout troop through Firehouse Westlake. We love encouraging young minds to explore the world of science and medicine! Call us if you’d like to give your child’s school or scout group a similar opportunity.

Austin Humane Society

Chili Cookoff

Hurricane Harvey

Helping the Community

Civic Events

Dr. Opyt at Kyle shares more about our nonprofit partnerships with CBS “We Are Austin” host in this video.

The Austin PRIDE Festival celebrates Austin’s diversity. Firehouse hosts an “ask the vet” booth and serves as a hydration station for thirsty pups.

The annual Lions Club Buda Wiener Dog Races raise money for student scholarships each April. The Firehouse team serves as race judges, contestant authority, and event veterinarian.

The annual “Paddle for Puppies” event on Lady Bird Lake benefits the Parvo Program at Austin Pets Alive! Firehouse serves as event lifeguards and hosts an “ask the vet” booth.