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Follow the Fellow: Sheila Kouhkan

Hi! I’m Sheila, and I am a Maddie’s Executive Leadership Fellow here in Austin training with Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center! This fellowship has provided me with the unique opportunity to shadow leaders at the forefront of the No Kill movement. In 2017, Austin Animal Center had a save rate of 97.9 percent, and much of this is thanks to the partnership with Austin Pets Alive!.

I moved to Austin from Los Angeles to learn how this community became the largest No-Kill city in the nation through exciting, fresh solutions, collaboration, … more

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New Blog Miniseries: APA! On the Ground in Palm Valley

Welcome to our new mini blog post series on our work with (and the progress of) Palm Valley Animal Center (PVAC) in Edinburg, far south Texas. As many of you are likely already aware, we’ve been involved in helping PVAC transform their systems and implement No Kill programming since the beginning of this year. Our programmatic leaders have visited their shelter, working tirelessly with the PVAC team to institute fast yet sustainable change to save lives immediately – and to lay the groundwork for the lives that are harder to save so that they, too, can realize live … more

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Missy’s Echocardiogram – FUND COMPLETED!

Missy is a sweet senior lady that arrived at APA! after her owner passed away. She was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and the dedicated clinic team at APA! has been working hard to manage her care. Missy needs an echocardiogram, which will help our clinic to better tailor her medications and medical treatment to prolong and improve her quality of life.

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Charlie Garza’s TPLO Surgery – FUND COMPLETED!

Charlie Garza has been struggling with a cruciate rupture, which is an injury similar to an ACL tear for humans. Charlie needs TPLO surgery to correct this rupture, and help get him back on track and feeling better. Help Charlie keep running and playing for many years to come!

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Ella’s Tummy Troubles – FUND COMPLETED!

Ella is a happy-go-lucky girl who is unfortunately experiencing some tummy troubles. Our APA! Clinic team is trying everything they can to determine the cause of her discomfort and are needing to run some tests to get down to the bottom of her stomach issues. Let’s help Ella get started feeling her absolute best!

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Knox’s Bloodwork – FUND COMPLETED!

Knox is a sweet senior boy who is recovering from having one of his eyes removed. He’s a strong fighter and is recovering like a pro, however he’s has been having some mysterious urinary problems. Knox now just needs some simple bloodwork done to help us determine the cause of his discomfort and decide on the best possible treatment plan.

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Calligator’s New Insulin – FUND COMPLETED!

Calligator, formerly known as Callie, is a wonderful little lady that has been with APA! for a little while now. Our clinic team has her diabetes under control, however we’re trying to help switch her over to a cheaper brand of insulin to help her get ready for adoption. She only needs one more bottle before we can change her prescription to something more affordable!

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Optimus’ Facial Abscess – FUND COMPLETED!

Optimus is one of our newest feline residents. He came to Austin Pets Alive! with large, painful facial abscess. Our APA! Clinic team would like to do a cytology to discover more about his abscess and its cause, so we can begin the appropriate treatment and get Optimus on his road to recovery.

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