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My name is Twister!

I'm being cared for by
Austin Pets Alive!

Facts about me

Anatolian Shepherd
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Pet ID

My story

We couldn't think of a more fitting name for Twister because once you befriend him, you'll get caught up in a whirlwind of love! If you're a solo person looking for an awesome companion, Twister is your man. This sweet boy will happily sit quietly by your side and lend a listening ear. It's hard not to fall in love when you look into those soulful brown eyes that say, "Come sit down with me and tell me all about your day."

Want to play? Well, Twister is a puppy at heart! His joy is contagious when he's chasing after balls or playing tug with his rope toy. He is always up for fun and games, and he will sweep you up into a spin of laughs for years to come. His foster mom says he looooooves playing brain games and is happy as a clam entertaining himself with puzzles. Plus, he's well-mannered in the house and crate-trained to boot!

Twister is quite an amazing walking buddy. He gets excited at the mention of a walk. And he'll be happy to take some wonderful long walks to keep you both moving.
He is easily distracted from possible annoyances. So, no worries there. He is such a pleasure to spend time with.

A gentle soul, and a quiet companion, Twister is happiest in a home with just one best friend. He also wants to be the only animal in the home. He's the kind of guy that you can pour your heart out to - and he really listens. He's super easy to have in the home, and everyone says the same thing about him.... 'He's just so sweet'!
Twister has some allergies that show up now and then on his skin. He's not bothered by it. He just figures he's a regular Austinite.

Twister is loved by all at APA!, and we are waiting for his one true friend to come along and scoop him up. With his outstanding obedience skills and those heart-melting eyes, he will quickly find his way into your heart and fill it up.

Twister enjoys learning new things (as long as there are snacks involved) and is in the Total Obedience Program. Check out a video on APA's CGC program to learn more:

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