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.
1,300+ puppies with parvovirus were saved in 2022.
The ICU is now a center for parvo research treatment that will someday transform vet medicine & lead to thousands more puppies saved across the country.
The Parvo Puppy ICU saved over 7,000+ since 2008 alone.
The ICU protocols we have instituted allow us to treat parvovirus at 1/10th of the cost of a private vet clinic.
This May, APA! is partnering with the nationally acclaimed Jennifer Lindberg Studio to provide a beautiful photo of your pet that will also help support the long stay dogs of APA!.See more from the blog