Dog Kennels $1,000 each
The resident dogs have individual indoor/outdoor runs to eat, sleep, and play in during their stay, except of course when staff or volunteers take them out to the yard to walk and play. Each dog kennel sponsorship enables us to provide shelter to 13 dogs per year. Each sponsorship will receive a personalized nameplate on one of the individual dog runs for one year.
Sponsor a Dog Kennel
Cat Adoption or Bottle Baby Nursery Private Condos $1,000 each
For cats who are scared or don’t like having roommates, we offer cozy, private rooms with a soft bed and amenities. Each cat condo sponsorship enables APA! to provide shelter to 17 cats per year. Similarly, you can also sponsor a kitten enclosure in the bottle baby nursery, providing shelter for at least 40 orphaned kittens per year. Each sponsorship will receive a personalized nameplate on one condo for one year.
Sponsor Private Condo
Cat Adoption Habitats $5,000 each
For social cats that enjoy mingling with their peers, we offer larger cat habitats that provide ample room to jump and play, in addition to basic amenities like a comfortable bed. Each cat habitat sponsorship enables us to provide shelter to 170 cats each year. Each sponsorship will receive a personalized nameplate on the designated cat habitat.
Sponsor a Cat Adoption Habitat
Program Sponsorships 2013
Program sponsors are for one year terms and will receive the following for their generous support:
- Name on website on the program’s webpage
- Name in annual report as program sponsor
- Name prominently displayed on supporters wall by program
- Champagne celebration for up to 20 guests
Dog Behavior (750 dogs: $300,000)
Our Louie’s Fresh Start program provides behavioral rehabilitation and intervention support for dogs with significant behavioral challenges. These dogs were not previously saved from euthanasia because they are harder to support and retrain which translates to more time and money. Many of them lived as strays, suffered a past filled with abuse and/or neglect, or come to us with unknown histories but plenty of confusion about how to behave or interact with humans and other dogs. Though this program, they have proven time and again that they are dogs who deserve a second chance.
- Supplies and Equipment (leashes, harnesses, agility equipment, etc): $85,000
- Behaviorist: $70,000
- Medicine and Food (special diet): $30,000
Barn Cat Placement (150 cats: $35,000)
When Austin Pets Alive! rescues abused or poorly socialized kittens from the shelter, sometimes we have to consider a non-traditional home placement. In fact, APA! placed 132 “Barn Cats” in the 2011, which contributes to Austin’s No Kill status. APA! believes these kitties don’t deserve to die simply because they can’t go into a home environment. Just by looking at these cats, you’d never know they were feral or under-socialized, but we recognize that they deserve shelter, access to food and water and the stimulation of “critter hunting” that a barn placement provides.
Parvo Ward (300 puppies: $110,000)
Signs of parvo-virus infection once meant immediate and absolute euthanasia for puppies and dogs at the city shelter. The city now calls in Austin Pets Alive and gives a same day deadline to pick up the puppies and start treatment. APA treats the highly contagious pets in an isolated ward. The clinic treated 256 dogs in 2011, with an impressive 88% survival rate (most puppies arrive well after the recommended start time for treatment). The disease takes about a week to treat and once they are free of parvo, these amazing pups go on to lead normal, healthy lives and are highly adoptable! Watching these puppies go from being on death’s door to playing and eating again is what keeps our volunteers coming back to help treat them.
- Medical (medicine, fluids, iv pumps, etc): $75,000
- Specialized Veterinary Technician: $30,000
Bottle Baby Nursery (1,200 kittens: $85,000)
The Bottle Baby Nursery Program is a creative approach to saving an entire class of especially fragile, homeless animals. The program targets orphaned, unweaned kittens fated for euthanasia at Austin’s municipal animal shelter, the Austin Animal Center. Each year, especially during the breeding season, which spans from March to October, the shelter is overwhelmed with orphaned kittens. Prior to APA!’s introduction of the Bottle Baby program, nearly all of these kittens were euthanized because neither the shelter nor other groups in the community could provide the intensive care they need to survive.
In 2011, we were able to save every young orphaned kitten that arrived at Austin’s Animal Shelter, approximately 1,000. In 2012, we want to do the same. With the mild, wet winter we had, we are anticipating a bigger kitten season this year, at least 1,500. Saving so many kittens means a greater need for kitten milk, food, supplies, medicines and skilled care, as baby kittens can become very ill quickly and will die without swift treatment.
- Medical (nebulizers, medicine, felv tests, etc): $23,056
- Kitten Milk and Food: $21,020
Ringworm Ward (200 cats: $25,000)
Many cats are put on euthanasia lists at animal shelters solely because they have ringworm, a fungus similar to athlete’s foot, which is highly treatable. We rescue cats with ringworm and treat them in our ringworm ward for a few weeks, giving them oral medications and special weekly baths until they are no longer contagious and can be moved into a foster home or the cattery or adopted! Dazey’s Ward is committed to the treatment, care, and love of the cats and kittens of Austin Pets Alive! who have ringworm while they are waiting for their forever homes.
- Medical (lyme dip, medicine, etc): $6,000
- Veterinary technician time for treatment: $17,500
PASS (3000 animals: $300,000)
The help PASS offers is practical and cost-effective. The program stores information about Austin’s many existing resources for helping people and pets, many of which are not well publicized. PASS extends these resources via the hotline. Clients may get information, advice or access to tools that let them solve a problem themselves, or may be pointed to sources of affordable veterinary care or re-training help. When funds are available, PASS offers vouchers to help pay for out-of-reach expenses and keep a pet in a home. Clients who can find no way to keep a pet are shown how to find a new, loving home for it. In essence, PASS draws in the resources of the whole community to sustain human-pet bonds when that support is most urgently needed.
- Community Hospital (medical equipment, supplies, veterinary time, etc): $155,920
- Owner Assistance (orthopedic surgery, behavior training, etc): $60,000
- Behavior Support: $45,000
Spay/Neuter (2,500 animals: $90,000)
Before each dog and cat in our program goes to their forever home, they are spayed/neutered.
Routine Care (5,000 animals: $375,000)
All pets who enter our program are immediately given an exam in our vet clinic, where they are tested and treated for any medical issues and microchipped. Before adoption, every pet is given age-appropriate vaccinations.
Injury/Illness and Emergency Care (4,250 animals: $200,000)
Around 85% of animals saved from the city’s euthanasia list arrive with mild to severe illnesses or injuries. The city calls APA to save over 95% of the seriously ill or injured pets that they receive from the public. In addition to the medical needs for which we have created entire programs (parvo puppies, unweaned kittens and cats with ringworm), our medical clinic treats a myriad of other issues, like heartworm treatments, broken bones, distemper, kennel cough, upper respiratory infections and mange. Funds are directly responsible for being able to save these babies that cost a little bit more than the average shelter dog or cat.