Established under the direction of our Executive Director, local veterinarian Dr. Ellen Jefferson, the medical clinic was created for the sole purpose, and remains to this day, to help those animals in need that have nowhere else to turn.
On a daily basis the medical clinic will see approximately 60-100 cases and spay/neuter up to 165 animals a week in addition to other surgeries. The medical staff at Austin Pets Alive! has revolutionized the management of shelter care by using careful budgeting, accepting animals as if we are an open intake shelter, and agreeing to save them all rather than fall back on euthanasia (except in extreme cases). Our goal is to ensure each animal receives the medical care, kindness, and solicitude that we would give our own pets.
All pets who enter our program are immediately examined in our medical clinic. They are tested and treated for any medical issues, given any needed vaccinations and prevention medicines (flea prevention, heartworm prevention, etc) and micro-chipped. Before adoption every pet is up to date on all medications, age-appropriate vaccines, and is spayed/neutered.
Around 85% of animals saved from the surrounding city shelters arrive with mild to severe illnesses or injuries. The city of Austin calls on APA! to save over 95% of the seriously ill or injured pets that they receive from the public. Because of this, the medical clinic at Austin Pets Alive! functions as an emergency clinic fot these animals in addition to a wellness and surgical clinic.
In addition to the medical needs for which we have created entire programs (parvo puppies, unweaned kittens, cats with ringworm, and cats with feline leukemia), that our medical staff oversees and works closely with, our medical clinic treats a myriad of other issues, like heartworms, broken bones, distemper, kennel cough, mange, animals hit by cars, and cruelty cases.
Because of the high volume of animals saved by Austin Pets Alive! a surgical suite was created. APA! follows the guildelines for High Volume/High Quality spay/neuter and performs up to 165 spays/and neuters a week in addition to other surgeries such as mass removals, eye repairs, dental care, and wound/laceration repairs.
Donations are directly responsible for being able to save these babies that cost a little bit more than the average shelter dog or cat. We need your help so that we can continue to save as many as possible. The average cost of care over and above the spay/neuter/vaccines is about $100 per animal life saved.
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