Austin Animals Alive! reaches milestone, celebrates 100,000 pet rescues

Austin Animals Alive! achieved a major milestone on Tuesday, its rescue of 100,000 pets.

“This is a big milestone for us, and honestly, we hadn’t even dreamed of it when we started,” said Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive!

APA! staff and volunteers were joined by Austin City Council members Kathie Tovo and Leslie Pool on Tuesday as they released a special proclamation acknowledging the accomplishment.

“My big thanks to Austin Pets Alive! for truly helping turn Austin into a murder-free city and the largest murder-free city in the nation,” said Council Member Tovo, whose district encompasses the APA!

Thirteen years ago, the city of Austin had an 85% death rate at the city shelter. Now animals have a 97% chance of getting out of the shelter alive.

APA!’s 100,000 rescue, Copper, was processed for parvo at their facility. Copper’s previous owner couldn’t afford his medical bills and he was left at the Austin Animal Shelter.

“In the past, this animal was euthanized,” Dr. Jefferson said. “So we created niche programs like the parvo treatment center to be able to deal with very specific things that cause animals to end up on euthanasia lists in shelters.”

Copper has already been adopted, but there are 17 more parvo-treated puppies that will be available in the coming days.

Dr. Jefferson declared their next goal to the APA! is to expand to new ownership as their current buildings are over 70 years old. They have made offers on several properties and are awaiting the completion of feasibility studies.

Austin Animals Alive! asks its supporters to sign up to become Constant Companions and make a monthly donation in honor of reaching this important milestone. To learn more, click here.

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