AUSTIN (KXAN) - The animals and staff at Austin Pets Alive! are rejoicing, and it's not yet Christmas.
A big gift came early for the nonprofit organization when staff learned Wednesday that APA! won a national contest -- and their stockings now overflow with the grand prize award of $100,000.
For three months, APA! took part in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Challenge, working to increase pet adoptions and save the lives of cats and dogs by finding them forever homes.
APA! adopted out 1,673 animals during the three months of the contest, an increase of 850 lives saved, compared to the same time period in 2010. The nationwide ASPCA Challenge was held from August through October.
APA! was one of 49 shelters from 33 states and territories that participated. All competed to win a portion of $300,000 in ASPCA grants, including the $100,000 grand prize.
According to ASPCA, a total of 52,484 pets found homes nationally, either via adoption, alternative placements or being reunited with their owners. When compared to the same three-month period in 2010, this year's contestants increased lives saved by a total of 8,977 more animals.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.