Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a unique animal welfare organization focusing specifically on ensuring that more pets remain alive in municipal shelters across Austin, TX, thereby increasing their chances for being adopted by loving families. Fully funded by a myriad of corporate supporters, the APA! has been rigorously working towards making Austin the largest no-kill city in the United States. Unlike Miami, Austin does not have regressive and archaic Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).
The first step in APA!’s heroic efforts was to identify the at-risk groups of pets with virtually non-existent adoption rates, followed by the creation of comprehensive programs to match each of these minority groups.
APA’s Programs Include:
Parvo Puppy ICU – For the treatment of puppies suffering from parvovirus. For only 10% of the cost of the same treatment in other veterinary clinics, this program has successfully cured over 500 dogs, every one of whom has since been adopted.
Neonatal Kitten Nursery – For the feeding and treatment of orphaned kittens. By providing intensive care to abandoned, unweaned kittens through the Bottle Baby Nursery Program, the nursery has saved the lives of almost 5,000 cats in the last 3 years alone.
Dog Behavior Program – For the support of dogs with behavioral issues. By offering life-enrichment playgroups, positive reinforcement training and adoption follow-ups to these dogs, the program has successfully increased adoption rates by an impressive 30%.
Dazey’s Ward – For the treatment of cats with ringworm. By placing these cats in a quarantined facility to not only contain the infection but also provide appropriate treatment, the ward has helped cure and find homes for over 500 cats in the last 5 years.
Barn Cat Program – For the relocation of undersocialized or feral cats. By sterilizing, treating and providing safe outdoor homes for cats ineligible for a regular home environment, this program has rehomed 250 feral cats in 2014 alone. In fact, March of 2014 saw 3 of APA! cats recruited by the Austin Police Mounted Patrol!
FeLV Sanctuary – For the quarantine of cats diagnosed with Feline Leukemia. Although this highly infectious disease cannot be cured and shortens a cat’s lifespan to a mere 2-4 years after diagnosis, the sanctuary has successfully quarantined and found homes for over 85 cats since 2013.
Medical Triage Clinic – For routine and emergency care on an open admissions basis. With the firm belief that ill cats and dogs deserve a second chance, Austin Pets Alive! has established this clinic to offer medical care and surgeries to pets who have been labelled a lost cause elsewhere. Through careful budgeting and patience, the clinic provides the required treatment to thousands of at-risk pets every year.
In addition, the APA! works closely with the city’ Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) Program, ensuring that pet parents have the support they need and do not give up on animals that can be easily saved.
APA’s Upcoming Events
Austin Pets Alive! is never short of funds due to its continuous collaboration with a multitude of corporate sponsors, including well-known organizations like Petsmart, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and Bissell. Together with these sponsors, the APA! hosts and participates in a variety of exciting events, including:
- Santa Photos at Austin Pets Alive! – Sunday, November 22 at 10:00am – 2:00pm
- Seniors & Sleigh Bells – Saturday, December 5 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
- American Pets Alive! Annual Conference – February 2016
If you live in Austin or surrounding areas, check out these and other upcoming events in support of the APA!
History of Austin Pets Alive!
Throughout the previous decade, Austin, TX, has become known for its successful spay and neuter programs. Unfortunately, nothing was being done to address the issue of pets with health or behavioral issues being surrendered to shelters and subsequently placed on euthanasia lists. Many people are not aware that behavioral problems are the #1 cause of dogs’ being killed more than any medical disease.1 This prompted the creation of Austin Pets Alive! in 2008, which has seen tremendous growth in every respect ever since.
For their commitment to education, force-free training, ethics and professionalism – ideologies that we at Fun Paw Care strongly believe in – we commend Austin Pets Alive!
There are so many amazing things that the APA! does for abandoned pets, which you can read about on their website. Not only have they created several distinct care programs for each at-risk group of animals, they also place great efforts into finding loving homes for each and every animal they save. Please see their Adopt a Pet section – your new best friend might be just a couple of clicks away!
To gain access to extensive resources for future and existing pet parents, see their Get Pet Help section. If you would like to donate or volunteer in any way, the APA! website has everything you need to get started.