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How I fell in love with Barky, and how YOU can too!

How I fell in love with Barky, and how YOU can too!
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This is a true story about how a volunteer fell in love with a white, black-spotty dog named Barky and their adventures while he is waiting for his forever home.

The first time I met Barky I took him out to a play pen at APA! and when I sat down on a chair, he jumped up on the chair next to me and leaned over so I could pet his head. You could say, it was love at first … more

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Heart Help For Chubbs – FUND COMPLETE! THANK YOU!

chubbsMeet Chubbs! Chubbs is a very sweet and energetic 1yr old male Terrier Mix. He was owner surrendered 3 months ago after his owners had a new baby to take care of and were overwhelmed with caring for him as well.

Chubbs was diagnosed with a heart murmur and needs an echocardiogram to see if it is an innocent heart murmur or an issue that needs medical or surgical management.

Can you help Chubbs meet his goal to have an ultrasound done?chubbs2

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Have you met Buck Norris?

A Guest Post by Sarah Gray
Buck smileWhen Buck Norris walks into a room, he doesn’t turn the lights on. He turns the dark off. He is the most interesting dog in the world and is prepared to keep the darkness at bay in return for games of fetch and belly rubs.

He has been known to make cat people reconsider, and Buck is such a strong swimmer, he once swam across the Gulf of Mexico just to bring back a tennis ball. They say some magicians can walk on water, but Buck can swim … more

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On the trail or in the community, you’ll see our CGC dogs in training.

A Guest Post by Jessica Borda
cgc6On the trail or in the community, you see some of our Canine Good Citizen dogs in training. Often you’ll hear a muttered ‘wish my dog that was well trained’ as an owned dog struggles past a CGC dog patiently waiting in a sit. Our CGC trainers smiling proudly to themselves as they think, “they should have adopted from Austin Pets Alive!”

Great things are happening around Austin Pets Alive!. Working with the city shelter, Austin Pets Alive! is pulling dogs that have little to no manners. Luckily, we … more

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Forever wouldn’t be long enough with Stardust

Forever wouldn’t be long enough with Stardust
A Guest Post By Natascha Hamman
stardust 3Stardust came to me two days after the death of my hospice foster Browder. I wasn’t anticipating another hospice foster so soon, but everyone knows I’m a sucker so when my boss asked me if I wanted her I couldn’t say no ­ I’ve never been so glad to be a sucker!

Stardust was so sick when I got here she was on eleven doses of medication per day as well as fluids, nebulizing for an upper respiratory infection, and needed constant access to a … more

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Poop Pollutes – Leave No Pile Behind

Poop Pollutes – Leave No Pile BehindScoop the Poop

Do you leave your dog’s waste around the neighborhood because you think you’re providing free fertilizer? Perhaps you don’t scoop the poop because you think it’s disgusting!

Pet waste left on the ground creates a health risk for pets and people. Like human waste, animal waste can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, some of which can live in the soil for months after the pile is gone. Pet waste also washes into our creeks and river, making the water unsafe for recreation and accelerating the growth of nuisance algae in the … more

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Bringing Rescue Pets Home: A Guest Post By Dr. Audrey Wystrach

Bringing Rescue Pets Home
As a practicing veterinarian for more than two decades, I’ve worked with many families to integrate a newly adopted rescue pet into their home. Austin Pets Alive! does amazing work training and socializing rescue pets and with a little extra patience and guidance your new companion will be the perfect addition to your family. Here are five things to keep in mind as you bring your rescue animal home for the first time:

1. Be prepared.
Entering a new home can be scary and intimidating for your pet. To provide maximum comfort, make sure you have proper bedding, food … more

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Missy is an affectionate ball of love

Missy
Missy is an affectionate ball of love who wants nothing more than to spend her time curled up in her human’s lap (don’t tell her she’s not “lap dog sized” ☺). If you’re not ready to pet her, she’s ok with that! She’ll sit patiently staring at you until you’re ready. The only thing Missy loves more than pets are squeaky toys and bones, which she can sit with contently for as long as she’s allowed.

Missy first came to APA as a stray through the Austin Animal Center, so not much is … more

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