Online pet pharmacy 1-800-PetMeds® has recently partnered with Austin Pets Alive! (APA!), supporting the organization with a $10,000 sponsorship naming the pet pharmacy APA!’s Intake Sponsor for one year. The support furthers the Austin nonprofit's mission to save the lives of Central Texas’s most vulnerable animals. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the organization has increased its intake by 24 percent compared to the same time last year.
It costs APA! about $100 to intake an animal, which includes basic vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, and a microchip to prepare each cat and dog for adoption. It does not, however, include any additional medical treatment and/or behavior training done for the pets who need additional help. In 2019 alone, APA! intaked over 10,000 animals at-risk of euthanasia. Since 2008, APA! has brought over 80,000 pets into its care.
“By focusing on the specific needs in their community, Austin Pets Alive! has developed innovative programs designed to help save lives that would otherwise have been lost,” says Larissa Schenck, Director of Marketing at 1-800-PetMeds®. “The record of 9 years as the largest No Kill city in the country is proof that the Austin Pets Alive! programs really work. Austin’s transition from a kill-rate of 87% to a save-rate of 97% is truly inspiring.”
As a nonprofit organization, APA! does not receive government funding, running entirely on grants, donations, and the support of generous businesses to finance its lifesaving programs. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these sponsorships are vital in recovering lost revenue from events, APA! Thrift store closings, and slowed individual contributions as a result of the pandemic.
“1-800-PetMeds®’ support will help us continue to bring pets into our care who otherwise wouldn't make it out of the shelter system alive,” says Corporate Relations Officer Hannah Horstman.
For more information about Austin Pets Alive!, visit www.austinpetsalive.org. For more on 1-800-PetMeds®, visit https://www.1800petmeds.com/.