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My name is Rio!

I'm being cared for by
Austin Pets Alive!

Facts about me

Mixed Breed (Large)/Great Dane
White - with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Pet ID

My story

This tall drink of water is Rio! His interests include being handsome, fetch, swimming, fetch, treats, fetch, and gently leaning into your leg for pets. We should also mention that he loves playing fetch and will regularly do leaps and turns in the air trying to catch the ball! He's great at bringing the ball back to you and dropping it. If he thinks you don't see the ball on the ground, he'll politely pick it up and set it in your lap.

True to his name, Rio also really LOVES being in the water! Whether you're hosing him off or taking him for a dip in a pool or creek, he'll take all the water time he can get. While he's energetic when playing with a ball or in the water, when he's all tuckered out, he's happy to hang out with his person and snuggle.

Rio's a big guy that is very easy to walk on leash and enjoys going on a quiet walk around the neighborhood-taking in all the sights and smells while staying by your side at a nice pace. He's also a smart pup who sits politely for treats.

Rio has worked hard to become a wonderful companion, and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Rio before and after adoption to master all the TOP dog skills together. In addition to his TOP Dog training, Rio is a pro at crate training and is perfectly content to wait patiently for you to come home. While he's never met a tennis ball he doesn't like, he can be selective about his canine friends and would do best as an only dog in an adult-only home.

Rio's a loyal friend who's easy to please and he's more than ready to move on to his forever home. Come meet this handsome guy today! Follow Rio on Instagram @riosbigadventure.

Austin Pets Alive!

Contact info
Pet ID
1156 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

Step one:
Browse our available animals online. Our website has more details on every animal, including any known history with dogs, cats, and kids, as well as individual adoption fees. Visit

Step two:
Using the provided contact form here or on the APA! website, you can send an inquiry on the animal(s) you are interested in.

Step three:
Our adoption team will connect you to the foster home or someone at the shelter location where the animal is currently living to learn more about the animal and potentially set up a visit!
Please note, we are currently scheduling either in-person OR virtual visits, depending on the animal and the situation.

Step four:
After meeting the animal you would like to adopt, instructions for completing the adoption paperwork, scheduling an appointment, and picking up your new family member will be shared with you!

Go meet their pets

Open 7 days a week from 12 PM - 6 PM.
Please inquire through an animal profile or by emailing if you are interested in meeting one of our available animals.

Town Lake Animal Center
1156 West Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78703

Tarrytown Cat Adoption Center
3106 Windsor Road
Austin, TX 78703

Tarrytown Dog Adoption Center
3118 Windsor Road
Austin, TX 78703

More about this shelter

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and rescue organization pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals and educate others to do the same through its American Pets Alive! nationwide education and outreach division.

A leader in No Kill sheltering in America’s largest No Kill city, APA! helps more than 10,000 dogs and cats annually in Central Texas and beyond get a chance at the life they deserve.

To learn more about APA!, visit