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Media Release: Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning Commits To $15,000 In Pledged Improvements As A Sponsor Of Austin Pets Alive!

Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning Commits To $15,000 In Pledged Improvements As A Sponsor Of Austin Pets Alive!
June 15, 2016 (Austin, TX)- Austin Pets Alive! is proud to announce that Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning has committed to a year-long sponsorship with Austin Pets Alive! that will provide $15,000 in services to help APA! make improvements to the shelter facilities.

“Radiant has been helping us for many years,” said Faith Wright, Facilities, Information, and Legal Services Manager for Austin Pets Alive!. “Our relationship started on a cold winter night when they saw a news interview about our heaters not working. … more

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APA!’s Declawing Policy Explained by Dr. Ellen Jefferson

At Austin Pets Alive!, our policy is to not adopt cats to owners who intend to, or would even consider, declawing. Many people perceive this policy to be unreasonable, most likely because they don’t truly understand the procedure and its risks.

Declawing (onychectomy) is not simply removing a cat’s nails, but is amputating the first digit of the cat’s paw – comparable to cutting off the last knuckle of each finger on a human hand. It is serious surgery with all the potential complications that involves. It also can lead to lifelong problems:

Declawing a cat alters the confirmation of a … more

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Barkitecture Austin 2016 to Benefit Austin Pets Alive!

June 7, 2016 (Austin, TX) – Austin Pets Alive! is proud to announce that Barkitecture Austin has selected APA! as its partner and beneficiary for their official Barkitecture Austin 2016 Event. Now in its 12th year, and in a prime new location on South Congress, this annual designer doghouse show and auction has helped raise more than $100,000 for animal rescue groups across Central Texas and is poised for 2016 to be its best year ever .

Barkitecture Austin brings together local and national design-build talent to create one-of-a-kind designer dog houses that are auctioned to raise money for select rescue … more

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Remember Shamrock? FUND COMPLETE! THANK YOU!

shamrockRemember Shamrock? Shamrock is an APA long stay dog. Sadly he has been with us since March 2014! He is only 7yrs old and about 10lbs. We can’t quite figure out why he has not yet been adopted but he has won all of our hearts in the meantime!

Shamrock is an incredibly sweet fellow. He is a diagnosed. diabetic and had cataracts but had surgery in April of 2015 to correct his vision.

Shamrock’s surgery was a success and he is doing very well but he is still required to be on … more

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Baby Fuzz! – FUND COMPLETE! LABS TO BE DONE TODAY!

babyfuzzBaby Fuzz is just the sweetest cat! She is an 8yr old medium-hair calico that has gradually been losing weight over the last few weeks. She lives at our Town Lake Animal Center cattery and is quite content so testing for medical conditions is needed.

Baby Fuzz was originally owner surrendered to another shelter along with his buddy because the owner no longer wanted cats.

She was adopted in early April but then returned for needing dental work.

Baby Fuzz has completed dental surgery. This blood work will help Baby Fuzz into a permanent home!… more

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Busting the Myths about No Kill, by Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Busting the Myths about No Kill, by Dr. Ellen Jefferson
During APA!’s progress of helping Austin become a No Kill City, we encountered a number of myths. We will be talking about these myths in a series of blog posts over the coming weeks.

Myth 1: No Kill means that dangerous dogs are saved and released into the community.

First: Undesirable dog behavior is not the same thing as aggression.

The vast majority of dogs who come into the city shelter are perfectly healthy with no behavioral problems. A small number of dogs do need behavioral support and training in order to be successfully … more

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Get a Smooch from Ebert

Ebert - Adoptable at Austin Pets Alive
A Guest Post By Jessica Borda
Ebert has been with Austin Pets Alive! just over 300 days now, but there is never a time limit in finding the perfect home for every dog here! When Ebert first came to APA!, he was uninterested in toys, treats or really even people but over the last few months he’s really come out of his shell! The shelter environment can be really overwhelming for dogs, especially dogs that don’t particularly like other dogs.

The APA! behavior team recognizes that each dog needs … more

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Media Release: Austin Pets Alive! Is The Last Chance For Many “Broken”, Unwanted Pets In Central Texas

Austin Pets Alive! Is The Last Chance For Many “Broken”, Unwanted Pets In Central Texas
May 24, 2016 (Austin, TX)- A newborn puppy discovered alone and covered in fleas and maggots, a two-month old husky mix with paralysis in her hind legs and an adult Pyrenees mix with a condition called Mysathenia Gravis have all come into Austin Pets Alive! within the past week.

13263708_10156820156870234_4124515344563545391_nMagpie, at almost two weeks old, did not even have her eyes open when she came into APA!’s care. The chihuahua mix was malnourished and covered in fleas and maggots. APA! was … more

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