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At only 6 pounds Quinn needs major surgery

Quinn is TINY at only 5.75pounds! Little Quinn is a new arrival at quinnAPA. She was transferred to APA on July 15th after being tagged as “at risk” for euthanasia because of a dislocated hip. Quinn is requiring an FHO surgery (femoral heard osteotemy) to fix her injury. Nobody knows for sure what happened to Quinn but most often dogs receive injuries like this after being hit by a car or other traumatic injuries.
Can you help little Quinn recover through … more

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No Kill History Part 1 – by Dr. Ellen Jefferson

The Story of No Kill Austin: Grassroots Beginnings
by Dr. Ellen Jefferson

It’s now been eight years since something of a revolution began in Austin, when a group of passionate volunteers set out to do what most other people thought was not possible. We decided that every healthy and treatable dog and cat that arrived in Austin’s city shelter would be saved and adopted out. We were determined to make Austin a No Kill City. There was a long way to go. In the year leading up to our beginning, during one hot June in 2008, we had seen over 13,000 puppies, … more

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The Puppy Killer You Need To Know About: Parvo In Dogs


Dr. Audrey Wystrach, Zippivet

Like little humans, puppies are vulnerable to a number of contagious diseases and viruses since their immune systems are not yet fully developed. If you’ve got a new pup or even an older dog from an animal shelter or a friend, you need to protect your new pet from the potentially deadly canine parvovirus.

What is Parvo?

The deadly canine parvovirus is commonly referred to as parvo or “CPV-2” by veterinarians. Once it is contracted, parvo is a very contagious virus that can affect all dogs. Unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most … more

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Millie received the surgery she needed to live a happier and healthier life

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 9.23.47 AM Millie became an infamous face around Austin Pets Alive! during her short stay with us. Her severe underbite gave her a very distinct look. Luckily for Millie, even with what some referred to as fangs sticking out of her mouth at all times, her forever human found her and fell in love with her unique look – teeth and all – and Millie has since been adopted.

Upon her initial arrival to APA!, Millie’s visit to our medical clinic determined the obvious … more

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Media Release: Dog With Serious Burn Arrives At Austin Pets Alive! For Treatment

Dog With Serious Burn Arrives at Austin Pets Alive! For Treatment
July 19, 2016 (Austin, TX)- A dog with a serious burn arrives at Austin Pets Alive! for treatment. Wentworth, a young male dog with a severe burn on his entire back arrived at APA! today to begin treatment and recuperation.IMG_7679

“When we see an injury like this, we have to assume it was deliberate,” said Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of APA!. “Someone poured a caustic substance on the dog or left him in the sun, causing this terrible burn.”

Wentworth will go straight to the … more

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Big Boy strikes a pose for donations!

bigboyLook at that pose! Big Boy is such a ham trying to work it to find his forever home! Big Boy is an 8yr old Pit Mix that was owner surrendered to animal control officers while out in the city. He was in terrible shape, depressed, unable to stand, and had a huge abdomen. Poor Big Boy was suffering from undiagnosed and untreated heart disease. Since his rescue Big Boy has been doing fantastically well and has adjusted to his new healthy life. To keep Big Boy in tip-top shape he has … more

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APA! Medical Clinic: Saving Lives on a Shoestring

Guest post by Jessica Marsh

In 2015, 7,621 dogs and cats entered the care of Austin Pets Alive!. These dogs and cats ranged from day-old neonatal kittens and puppies to senior hospice cases and absolutely everything in between. Despite their countless differences, all of these animals have one thing in common: they all were cared for by the Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic. A huge component to making any city a No Kill City is the ability to take in and care for animals with treatable medical conditions which are often death sentences at traditional shelters: something as simple as ringworm … more

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Meet Olivia – Min Pin Tripod – FUND COMPLETE! THANK YOU!


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Just look at that face! Olivia is a 6yr old Miniature Pinscher Mix that was rescued in early June. She came to APA with one rear leg amputated already. Unfortunately we aren’t sure what happened to Olivia and have no information about her before she was rescued. She is living in a foster home and is doing well but has just recently started having potty accidents in the house and in her sleep, along with drinking more water than normal. Increased urination and thirst can be a sign on many … more

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