The tiny homes have "dog-friendly seating and workspaces, as well as heat and a/c," according to Austin Pets Alive!

By Ally Mauch
September 11, 2020 03:50 PM
Credit: Austin Pets Alive!

An animal shelter in Austin, Texas is taking a unique approach to housing homeless pets.

In place of crowded kennels, the shelter, Austin Pets Alive!, is building tiny homes for their shelter dogs, giving them a "more of a home-like environment" to live in while awaiting adoption. The tiny homes will also serve as workspaces for staff and volunteers at the shelter.

"Introducing APA! tiny homes! These cottages will double as comfortable and quiet housing for the most in-need dogs and workspaces for staff and volunteers," the organization wrote on Facebook, alongside photos of some of the completed homes.

The post continued, "The idea is to provide more of a home-like environment for the dogs, for decompression, training, and quality-of-life purposes. The cottages will each have their own yard and be outfitted with dog-friendly seating and workspaces, as well as heat and a/c."

Credit: Austin Pets Alive!

"The goal is that the dogs assigned to these cottages will move in permanently until we are able to find a foster or adoptive home for them — no more kennel life for these lucky pups!"

Credit: Austin Pets Alive!
Credit: Austin Pets Alive!

The shelter said they are hoping for the first group of adoptable dogs to move into the new tiny homes next month.

"We are still in the process of completing these but we're expecting our first pups will move in by October," the Facebook post concluded. "We are very excited about this project!"