Austin Pets Alive! began saving dogs with parvovirus in 2008. Although parvo is completely preventable through proper vaccinations, when puppies do contract parvovirus we provide an alternative to euthanasia, which is what many of these vulnerable animals face at shelters across the country. Since then, we have pulled all dogs diagnosed with parvovirus from the city shelter, have been able to create a first of its kind Parvo Puppy ICU at our Town Lake Adoption Center, and have treated nearly 5,000 dogs. Before the existence of our Parvo Puppy ICU, all dogs in the Central Texas area with parvovirus, or who were suspected of having parvovirus, were euthanized immediately.
Austin Pets Alive! now provides shelters with an alternative to euthanasia for puppies that contract parvovirus and saves around 500 lives each year from all over Texas. In addition, our Parvo Puppy ICU hosts students throughout the year to share our knowledge and provide other shelters and rescues across the country with the information they need to help save dogs with parvo in their own communities.
611 puppies with parvovirus were saved in 2019.
The Parvo Puppy ICU saved over 800 puppies in 2018 alone.
The ICU is now a center for research into parvovirus treatment that will someday transform veterinary medicine and lead to thousands more puppies saved across the country.
Nearly 6,200 puppies have been saved from euthanasia lists since 2008.
The ICU protocols instituted allow treating parvo at 1/10th the cost of a private vet clinic.
Parvo ICU volunteers put in nearly 3,000 hours of service in 2019 to help these particularly vulnerable lives.