Under the direction of our Executive Director, local veterinarian Dr. Ellen Jefferson, we have created our own veterinary clinic to treat all of the animals in our program and treat animals who are referred to us by the Austin Animal Center when owners are there to surrender pets because they cannot afford certain vet treatments.
(estimated pets treated in 2011: 5,000)
All pets who enter our program are immediately given an exam in our vet clinic, where they are tested and treated for any medical issues and microchipped. Before adoption, every pet is given age-appropriate vaccinations and is spayed/neutered.
Illness/Injury and Emergency Care
(estimated pets treated in 2011: 3,400)
Around 85% of animals saved from the city’s euthanasia list arrive with mild to severe illnesses or injuries. The city calls APA to save over 95% of the seriously ill or injured pets that they receive from the public.
In addition to the medical needs for which we have created entire programs (parvo puppies, unweaned kittens and cats with ringworm), our medical clinic treats a myriad of other issues, like heartworm treatments, broken bones, distemper, kennel cough, upper respiratory infections and mange.
Funds 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. Donate today!
Austin Pets Alive!’s microchips are funded in part by PetSmart Charities®