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Hellen – The Remarkable Little Schnauzer – TESTING COMPLETE! THANK YOU!

Hellen2Hellen is a tiny, sweet girl who loves to snuggle beside you or nestle her head into your chest. She loves to nap most of the day with a few little spunky spurts of energy mixed in for fun. Hellen has some balance issues and falls a lot. This doesn’t seem to faze her as she jumps up and bounces around the yard like a little bunny. Her back legs are stronger than her front legs, so she somersaults a lot while exploring, but she’s getting stronger and can maneuver pretty well … more

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Patsy has an appetite for well….anything. – FUND COMPLETE! THANK YOU!

patsy2Meet Patsy! This 3 yr old wonderful girl is certainly special. Everybody in the medical clinic and dog program knows Patsy and knows her well. Patsy has an appetite for well…anything. She just can’t seem to find something to eat she doesn’t like. This includes zippers, shirts, leashes, and of course food!patsy3

Patsy’s penchant for turning anything into food has become very dangerous for her to the point where the safest place for her to be is an empty room with nothing in it. Obviously … more

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History of No Kill in Austin: Part 5 – The Clinic, by Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Jordana in the trailer

As we began pulling at-risk animals from the city shelter in 2008, one of the first things we realized we needed was a place to treat animals and perform spay/neuter surgeries. We initially used borrowed space at the Lake Austin Boulevard Animal Hospital, but that limited the days and times we could treat the animals. We also used area vets and Emancipet, but because we had to pay for those surgeries, and adapt to their schedules, we were still limited to approximately 100 surgeries per month…. more

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This is Grizzikat – FUND COMPLETE! THANK YOU!

grizzikatAnd he needs your help! Grizzikat is a sick 12yr old boy that APA has been treating for weight loss, skin issues, upper respiratory issues, and overall unthrifyness since the beginning of August. He has just taken a turn for the worse and needs some blood work to help diagnose any underlying illnesses such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, or liver issues.

Can you help Grizzikat today? It would so much to him!Donate Now 
 

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Epstean needs a mandibulectomy! – SURGERY COMPLETE! THANK YOU!

epstean2You may remember Epstean from a while back when we posted about his golf-ball sized mass located at the front on his lower jaw. A biopsy was done of the mass and the good news is is is NOT cancerous! This was great news and means that Epstean can and will live a long happy life. However, the type of tissue it is made up of has a strong likely hood for re-growth; meaning if it is not completely removed the mass will most likely just grow back.

Because the mass is so … more

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Scoop it up, Austin – It’s Your Duty!

Scoop it up, Austin – It’s Your Duty!
It Adds Up! If all the dog poop created in one day in Austin was put in one pile it would weigh 150,000 pounds.
What’s the Problem?
Pet Waste:

It’s not just smelly!
It’s not just yucky to step in!
It’s not just fertilizer!
IT’S A PROBLEM!

Human and Pet Health:
Pet waste can cause:

Giardia
Roundworms
Salmonella
Other unpronounceable Viruses and Parasites

Water Quality:
Nutrients in pet waste can cause:

Aquatic weeds
Algae
Gasping fish (no oxygen!)
Water that is just too nasty to look at or play in

What You Can Do?

Bring It! Carry a scooper … more

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The fabled adventures of Sir Chester-now happily in his forever home

A Guest Post by Jessica Borda

Sir Chester in all likelihood spent most of his life fending for himself on the streets of Austin. He probably didn’t know human affection or understand an extended hand meant treats and love.

chesterIn January of 2015, Sir Chester was picked up by animal control officers and brought to the city shelter where he had no identifying info to help him find his home (if he ever had one). A compassionate APA! foster decided to try and help him acclimate to living in a home. But it doesn’t … more

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The History of No Kill in Austin – Part 4: Parvo by Dr. Ellen Jefferson

KaijaIn 2008, when I signed on with Austin Pets Alive! as Executive Director, I had a distinct advantage in saving lives because I’m a veterinarian. Back then, any puppy at the city shelter (and this problem was not singular to just our city) suspected to have parvo virus, and any litter-mates of that dog or even any dogs in the general vicinity of the puppy would be killed.

In just about every shelter in the country, parvo is a death sentence, because of the intensive treatment required to save the puppy and … more

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