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Austin Pets Alive! | APA!’S Parvo Pet ICU Started at Residence

Sep 26, 2022

Austin was a really totally different metropolis for susceptible companion animals simply 14 years in the past. A few of the animals most in danger have been puppies with parvovirus. Every day these tiny lives have been needlessly misplaced as a result of shelters did not have packages set as much as deal with parvo.

Veterinarians discover ways to deal with parvo at school, so we questioned why animal shelters couldn’t or wouldn’t. If these puppies might typically be saved, why wasn’t therapy the norm? To
save these pets and improve lifesaving in Austin, we needed to begin
someplace — and preserving parvo puppies from being euthanized appeared like a
good place to start out.

The Parvo Pet ICU, as we all know it immediately, was born in a toilet in my home round Thanksgiving 2008. At its peak I might spend as much as eight hours a day cleansing and treating anyplace from a pair to 25 sick puppies at a time. Fortunately,
my husband was very understanding and keen to place up with the odor
of sick puppies in our lavatory. Regardless that it wasn’t very best having the
sturdy and unforgettable odor of parvo in our dwelling, it was the one means
to guard these pets in want and provides them the essential care they

We frequently share the story of the ICU’s humble beginnings as a result of it
reminds us how far we’ve come. Though I used to be typically the one one
cleansing up after that first batch of puppies, APA!’s capability to look after animals in want continues to develop due to the assistance of buddies such as you.

Due to our neighborhood’s willpower to make Austin No Kill, we have been ready, eleven years in the past, to commerce the lavatory tile and pop-up crates for linoleum and steel kennels in a location with quick access to our clinic and round the clock employees. The necessity for assist didn’t finish once we moved to the Parvo Pet ICU at TLAC.

At this time, parvo puppies are nonetheless liable to useless euthanasia in shelters throughout Texas that haven’t but adopted No Kill. As we have fun the eleventh anniversary of No Kill in Austin and its continued impression on pets at excessive danger of euthanasia we all know there’s nonetheless a lot work to do to save lots of much more lives and assist different shelters do the identical. Will you be part of us immediately?

With gratitude,


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