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Austin Pets Alive! will be hosting a special screening of the documentary “The Champions” along with Q&A with the director

“The Champions” is an inspirational story about the pit-bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite the intense pressure to kill them. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs: about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.

The movie’s director, Darcy Dennett, will hold a Q&A immediately following the film.

The screening will take place during the American Pets Alive! (AmPA) annual … more

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Nate is seeking a change of heart

natePoor Nate was found as a stray dog on Oct 17th wandering the streets all alone! Lucky for him he was rescued by Animal Control Officers and taken to the Austin Animal Center. He appeared to be in good condition but had a known heart murmur and was reported to be collapsing on walks. Nate was started on antibiotics for the pneumonia and an ultrasound was performed that diagnosed a heart condition called pulmonic stenosis.nate3

Pulmonic stenosis is a congenital defect of the heart that … more

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UPDATE – Morlock Needs Surgery ASAP

Because of the generous donations made towards Morlock’s consultation at Texas A&M he was able to be evaluated for surgery October 20th. Thankfully Morlock is a good candidate for surgical repair! The specialists feel two separate surgeries to address the pulmonic stenosis and diaphragmatic hernia is necessary and the first surgery, the heart surgery, needs to happen ASAP.morlock2

Historically Austin Pets Alive works tirelessly to raise the money to make these surgeries happen. Morlock is a perfect example of a dog who would be euthanized without question because his situation seems so insurmountable, … more

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You Share. SpareFoot Donates.

SpareFoot loves pups.

You share. SpareFoot donates.
The #SparePups campaign is the latest in SpareFoot’s “We Can Store That” series and they have chosen Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Humane Society to receive the charitable contributions from this campaign. When you share the latest #SparePups video on APA!’s Facebook page, SpareFoot is generously donating $1 to APA!. As of 10/19, APA! had over 700 shares of the video.Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 1.29.46 PM
Spread the (puppy) love and help save a life. Austin is America’s largest no-kill city, and SpareFoot … more

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Austin Shares Best Practices of No Kill Communities Through its No Kill Conference

Austin, TX – The Sixth Annual American Pets Alive! No Kill Conference will be held on November 5-7, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Thanks to our sponsors: The Ron Fletcher Estate, Maddie’s Fund (maddiesfund.org), Best Friends (bestfriends.org), PawEdu (pawedu.org), and Animal Farm Foundation (animalfarmfoundation.org), people from all over the nation are able to come together to learn the practices, strategies and programs that led to saving over 90 percent of shelter pets within a community. This … more

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Patsy – A Life Saving Mission

patsyYou may remember sweet Patsy from a recent posting. Patsy is a dog that cannot resist the temptation to eat anything and everything. This may seem like a harmless habit but for Patsy it has meant THREE surgeries to remove foreign objects from her digestive tract. Patsy is in a foster home with medical staff and is monitored incredibly well but Patsy always manages to find a way. Including derailing closet doors to get to that oh so resistible plush blanket/toy/shirt/zipper(you name it!).

Patsy’s life is in danger and the vets don’t know … more

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When a vehicle is more than simply transportation

IMG_8199Sometimes a vehicle is simply a method of transportation to get a person from one place to another but here at APA! our transport vans provide so much more than just transportation. Without these vehicles we could not save nearly as many pets as we do and we would not be able to attend the many adoption events across Austin that allow our pets to find their forever families. Thanks to Austin Infiniti for continuing to provide maintenance services on our transport vans so we can save even more lives and help keep … more

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What Really Constitutes A Medical Emergency For My Pet?

We asked our friend Dr. Audrey Wystrach of ZippiVet, what really constitutes a medical emergency for our pets. In her blog, ‘High Risk Or A Hairball? What’s A Pet Emergency‘ she answered our questions and offered advice for being prepared for future emergencies.
High Risk Or A Hairball? What’s A Pet Emergency
ZippiVet-EmgVet-blog-1024x1024What is Considered an Emergency for Dogs and Cats?

The following conditions warrant an immediate visit. Exercise caution when handling injured pets.


bite wounds, lacerations, punctures
hit by car
blunt object trauma

Bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth, … more

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