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
Thank you to August’s Volunteer of the Month, Marilyn Fowler. She was instrumental in organizing the recent “Baby Shower” for the Neonatal Kitten Ward.
This is what her peers have to say about her:
Marilyn displayed great leadership during planning stages and worked all day of the event to ensure that the Kitten Baby Shower was a success. And it was! The event raised over $1,800 plus a ton of supplies. This is a record amount. She also does so much more for the Neonatal Kitten Nursery. —Eva, Neonatal Volunteer
I worked … more
Posted in Volunteering
Are you guilty of leaving your dog’s waste on your neighbor’s lawn because you thought you were providing free fertilizer? Perhaps you don’t scoop the poop because you think it’s downright disgusting! Imagine if all dog owners in Austin didn’t scoop the poop. Our dogs create an average of a half pound of excrement per day. With 215,000 dogs in Austin, that adds up to more than 100,000 pounds of dog waste produced throughout the city every day!
Pet waste is a subject everyone likes to avoid, but it … more
Posted in Awareness/ PR, Education
Spikey is a clear hospice case, he is an old man with a cancerous mass. The only issue is, his mass is causing him discomfort and was actively bleeding every day. He hit the euthanasia list at another shelter and since then we have been trying to show him love and comfort the APA way.
His amazing hospice foster was bringing him in every day for a bandage change, and he was forced to live out these final days of his life in an enormous and uncomfortable cone…. more
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MayTag is one of the sweetest dogs, you would never believe how kind she is after hearing about the cruelty she has faced. She came to us covered in mud and actual maggots.
She was totally emaciated, nothing on her body but descended mamory glands from the multiple litters of puppies she has had. We had to take her babies away from her to keep her alive, and they are fat and happy in an amazing foster home.
She had zero socialization, she looked … more
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