Dedicated to making a difference and supporting meaningful causes for Texans, the Texas Lottery is proud to sponsor the Austin Pets Alive! Mascot of the Match, aiming to help rescue dogs find a forever home and bring mutual happiness through pet adoption.

Austin FC is proud to work alongside Texas Lottery and Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) to help save the lives of pets and spread more love in Austin.

The Mascot of the Match program presents an adoptable dog from the shelter and features them at every Austin FC home match to help the mascot find a forever home. For the 2024 season, Texas Lottery is joining the partnership to help amplify APA!’s tireless efforts to save the lives of pets that otherwise would be lost.

“Thanks to the first three seasons of this partnership, 61 Austin FC Honorary Mascots have been adopted and are now sleeping comfortably in warm homes instead of living in cold kennels at the shelter. We are thrilled that the Texas Lottery has chosen to sponsor this innovative partnership and look forward to even more Austin FC Honorary Mascot adoptions!" said Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive.

Texas Lottery will help amplify the first-of-its-kind partnership which features APA! dogs through social media outreach and in-venue activations during each match at Q2 Stadium, all in support of Austin’s status as the country’s largest “no-kill” city and the promotion of APA!’s rescue, adoption, foster, and volunteerism efforts.

"The Texas Lottery takes great pride in making a positive impact on Texans and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to do that by presenting the Mascot of the Match to benefit Austin Pets Alive! at Austin FC home matches this season,” said Ryan Mindell, deputy executive director of the Texas Lottery. “This promotion and cause resonates with the entire community, creating a brighter and happier future not only for our fellow Texans, but also for dogs in need of an adoption. We are proud to share in that commitment to compassion and community with Austin FC and Austin Pets Alive!.”

The Austin FC and Austin Pets Alive partnership has helped over 61 Mascot of the Match dogs find their forever homes and will continue to increase the number of pets adopted with the help of Texas Lottery. The program continues to help keep Austin a pet-loving city.

To learn more about APA! or adopt a pet of your own, visit

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Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and rescue organization pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk 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.