Austin Pets Alive! fills critical gaps in Austin’s animal live-outcome rate by identifying the key groups of animals that are typically euthanized in a shelter setting and maintaining comprehensive, innovative programs to address the problems these key groups face.
By focusing on shelter euthanasia lists, we have identified the following groups as most at risk:
- Puppies with Parvovirus
- Unweaned kittens
- Large dogs with behavior concerns
- Cats with ringworm
- Undersocialized cats
- Cats with Feline Leukemia
- Animals needing additional medical support
Using best practices from around the country, APA! developed programs to care specifically for these groups, thereby reducing their staggering over-representation on euthanasia lists and directly increasing the city’s save rate.
Our programs include:
- Parvo Puppy ICU: for the treatment of dogs and puppies stricken with parvovirus
- Neonatal Kitten Nursery: for the feeding and treatment of orphaned, unweaned kittens
- Dog Behavior Program: to support dogs that require additional behavioral attention
- Ringworm Adoption Center: designed to treat cats with ringworm and contain the fungus within a quarantined space
- Barn Cat Program: to find alternative homes for undersocialized or feral cats
- FeLV Adoption Center: to house and find homes for cats diagnosed with Feline Leukemia
- Medical Triage Clinic: designed to provide routine and emergency care on an open admissions basis
In developing these programs, we also noticed the need for pet-owner support in trying times. Many pets were surrendered to shelters because of unfortunate, often temporary, issues. The PASS Program (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) addresses this need for pet-owner support. By providing assistance to families considering surrendering their pet(s), the PASS Program reduces the number of animals that enter the shelter system.
These innovative programs have helped Austin become the largest no-kill city in the nation.