Tyler came to APA! as a stray from Austin Animal Center over 800 days ago. When he first arrived in June 2013, Tyler was afraid of everyone and everything. The world was a very terrifying place for this gorgeous boy, affectionately known as “TyTy”. Although we don’t know his past, Tyler came to us potty trained with excellent loose leash walking skills, and a knowledge of training commands like “Sit” and “Down”.
Throughout his residence at APA!, Tyler has befriended dozens of APA! volunteers who have worked … more
Posted in Pets Needing Homes
Isn’t Rangel handsome! Rangel is a 1yr old Rottweiler/Shepard Mix that is always happy to say hello! He is a young, exuberant boy and loves to play with people and go out and expend some of his boundless energy!
However there is more to Rangel’s story. Rangel has a joint issue in his rear leg that is so debilitating that the only solution is arthrodesis of his tarsal joint
Arthrodesis is the fusing of the joint by removing the cartilage and placing metal implants. … more
Posted in Awareness/ PR, Behavior, Donations, Education, Fundraising, Organizational, Outreach, Pets Needing Homes, Rescue, Special Needs Pets
One day recently in Austin a good Samaritan we’ll call “Kate” saw “Dave” and his dog under a tree on the side of the road. Kate struck up a conversation with Dave and learned that he had lost his job and his home, and was going through a bitter divorce. Just about all he had left was his 14-year-old dog, Bea. While Dave needed to find work he couldn’t leave Bea in his car in Austin’s hot climate while he went in search of a job.
Here at Austin Pets Alive! … more
Posted in Awareness/ PR, Education, P.A.S.S.
As part of APA!’s life saving mission, many dogs come to us with behavior issues that need to be worked through to help them be as adoptable as possible. Diego is one such dog and he came to APA! 900 days ago. 900 days is a long time, but in that time Diego has learned so much and has come so far!
Upon arrival in March of 2013, Diego was very reactive-barking and lunging at other dogs in kennels, was very high energy and pretty mouthy. We don’t know much about his … more
Posted in Behavior, Pets Needing Homes
Shamrock was a very misunderstood dog! He is a six year old Chihuahua that is diabetic and had vision loss due to cataracts. The cataracts were very likely caused by uncontrolled diabetes (from before his time with Austin Pets Alive!).
There were times in foster care that Shamrock was becoming bitey. We suspected during these times he was scared because he couldn’t see. Normally cataract surgery is not something APA! has the luxury to treat because it is not painful and animals typically live comfortably without it. Since the associated vision loss was affecting Shamrock’s behavior, at one point … more
Posted in Behavior, Partnerships, Pets Needing Homes, Special Needs Pets