Welcome to our first installment of Adoption Spotlight! This is where we will feature different pet adoption agencies and other organizations that are doing great work to help connect people with their furry companions. This week, we would like to draw your attention to Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! was started in 2008 when the founders noticed that while there were already several successful programs in place to help prevent unwanted dogs and cats from being born (such as the push for all pets to be spayed or neutered), there were still no real efforts being made to decrease the rate of euthanization for the pets that still ended up in shelters.
Their mission is “To promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals,” and they do this through several programs designed specifically to help key groups of animals that are the least likely to be adopted form municipal shelters do to medical concerns or behavioral issues. These programs include the Puppy Parvo ICU which treats dogs and puppies who have parvovirus, the FeLV Sanctuary which helps to find homes for cats diagnosed with Feline Leukemia, and the Dog Behavior Program which provides behavioral training for dogs that might not otherwise be adopted.
Through these programs, APA is able to connect loving animals with loving humans who will care for them as part of their family. Animals such as Deacon, who found his furever home on September 15, 2015. The above picture is what initially made his new family fall in love with him and decide to go through with the extensive interviews and applications to prove that they were a good match for each other. He was a part of the Puppy Parvo program, and when he first arrived at APA he was barely able to walk. Thanks to physical therapy, medication, and endless amounts of love, he is now an energetic, happy, cuddly fellow who loves to run, jump, and play (and munch on carrots).
Normally, Deacon probably never would have made it out of the shelter due to having parvo and being part pit bull, but thanks to the kind people at Austin Pets Alive he will now be able to live a long and joyful life.
Rescue pets require a lot of responsibility, but if you put in the work you will be rewarded with a furiend and family member who will love you unconditionally.
If you are interested in adopting a dog like Deacon, be sure to check out Austin Pets Alive!’s website here for more information and resources.