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April Volunteer of the Month- Heather Jafar

Each month, Austin Pets Alive! is thrilled to highlight one of our stand-out volunteers as the APA! Volunteer of the Month.
This month, we are excited to honor the exemplary work of our Dog Program star, Heather Jafar!
This is what just a few of her peers here at APA! have to say about her dedication and great work:

“[Heather] goes above and beyond in her doggie duties. She is at the shelter on what must be a daily basis. She is cheerful, friendly, and helpful to newcomers like … more

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Buddy Buddy needs a trip to the lab!

buddybuddyIsn’t Buddy Buddy sweet! She is an 8yr old DSH dilute tortoiseshell that had some blood work done before coming to Online fundraising for Buddy Buddy needs labwork!APA that indicated she may have renal disease. In order to make a definitive diagnosis though we need to recheck her values in 2 weeks. Can you help fund a diagnosis for Buddy Buddy?

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Fabulous Frankie needs your help!

Online fundraising for Fabulous Frankie needs your help!frankie1Meet Frankie! Frankie is a 4yr old wire-haired terrier mix and is a fun combination of sweet, spunky, and sassy! This cuddlesome girl loves to be help in her person’s lap to be snuggled. Now in foster care she is doing great, walks good on a leash, and is potty trained.

Unfortunately Frankie needs surgery on both her back knees. Right now they move in and out of place and cause her discomfort and pain. By donating even … more

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Starting 2014 with a flair

Here’s a look back at seven of APA!’s most noteworthy happenings that you made possible during the first three months of 2014!
7. We enhanced volunteer sophistication

APA! volunteers are essential in keeping APA! a leader in the no-kill movement.  In light of this, we needed to stay ahead of the curve in our volunteer management sophistication… so the volunteer team launched a new system known as Volunteer Squared! This system centralizes all scheduling, streamlines our communication, provides a comprehensive outlet for tracking hours, interests, etc. and equips us to track valuable information like retention … more

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Happy National Humor Month!

The submissions are in and votes have been cast. Here are the top 15 funniest adopter submitted photos:
“Just keeping the pizza warm, dad”

Classic dog in the bluebonnets staple photo gone awry due to fly in the air…


“Also Mine”

We like to call this the “Lounging Acrobat”

Yes, there’s a cat in there…

“Don’t worry… This … more

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Three Things Your Dog’s Looks Can’t Tell You

great dog1. Personality and preferences
A dog’s appearance is determined by only 0.25% of their entire genome. That leaves 99.75% of their genome unaccounted for. To predict personality and preferences based on 0.25% of a genome is like predicting what a cake will taste like based on less than a teaspoon of an ingredient.
2. Breed
That’s right, when mixed breeds are visually assigned, most professionals get it wrong.

Several studies have shown that visually identified breed assignments do not usually match up with genetic testing. So even if we could assign personality and preferences … more

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New Volunteer Management System is Live!

Great news for APA! volunteers and team leaders! The new volunteer management system powered by Volunteer² is up and running!
There are several important reasons we have decided to move to this system, including:

Centralizing communications and scheduling systems (Vol² will replace Yahoo! Groups and Volunteer Spot)
Recognizing volunteers who make the biggest contributions of their time
More efficiently monitoring qualified candidates for upper-level dog behavior training
Collecting data required for grant applications

Here are some important links for accessing the new system:

Existing Volunteer Registration
New Volunteer Signup
Hours … more

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Help Lila get the spring in her step back!

lila3Meet sweet Lila and her floppy ear! Lila is a 10 month old German Shepard mix that has a luxated hip and needs orthopedic surgeryOnline fundraising for Help Lila get the spring in her step back! as soon as possible. She is doing well right now but her condition could become painful and we’d like for her to be on her road to recovery as soon as possible. Because she is still young she needs ton be able to run and jump and exercise … more

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