Austin Pets Alive! | Distemper Fund

Distemper Fund

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Project Overview

In the midst of a deadly distemper outbreak in Austin, we’ve taken in nearly 60 puppies with distemper since the beginning of the year, and are expecting another 30 before the end of 2023. Puppies sick with distemper are fighting for their lives in Austin — and they need you by their side!

Distemper is a devastating, highly contagious virus. Symptoms of this deadly disease include bloody diarrhea, vomiting blood, loss of appetite, skin infections, pneumonia, shaking, disorientation, and crying out in pain. In most shelters, distemper spells death — often not just for the dogs who get sick, but even those merely exposed to the illness. Because we fill the gaps in other shelters’ lifesaving, we have become experts at saving distemper dogs — but doing so is expensive: Treating one puppy costs $2,500 on average, and can cost up to $10,000.

APA!'s mission is to innovate, collaborate, and find a way to save the pets who are most at risk, and that’s exactly what we are doing for these dogs and puppies. In fact, with weeks of round-the-clock medical care, we’ve accomplished our highest save rate ever for dogs sick with distemper.