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Austin Pets Alive! | Letter from Dr. Jefferson: Saving Lives Collectively

Dec 24, 2022

As I write this letter, we’re getting ready for the harmful Arctic chilly
entrance that’s about to blast freezing temperatures into our neighborhood
and all through Central Texas, simply in time for the vacations.

Our shelter turns into severely strained with temperatures this low. To
preserve our animals heat and secure throughout this chilly emergency, we requested our
neighborhood to absorb a foster pet through the storm, give funds to
help the elevated value of shelter operations, and assist
under-resourced shelters throughout the area. And you have come
by, opening your hearts and houses to the pets who’re most in want,
on the time they want that assist probably the most.

Despite the fact that our personal shelter struggles tremendously throughout a
catastrophe like this, we can not flip our backs on animals in our neighborhood
or in shelters which might be severely under-resourced. We’re compelled to
assist out and our neighborhood is just too.
Your help permits us to distribute heat blankets and heaters to pets in want all throughout Texas.

Our neighborhood stepping as much as defend pets throughout a bitterly frigid storm is only one inspiring instance of many, of how working collectively in 2022 we have now been ready to take action a lot for homeless pets in Austin, and past.

We saved our 100,000th life in February. Copper, a
2-month-old pet, survived a illness that may be a demise sentence in almost
each different animal shelter, because of our progressive Parvo Pet ICU.
Copper is among the whopping 1,035 puppies who’re alive in the present day, solely
as a result of they got here by our Parvo Pet ICU this yr.

We celebrated our eleventh anniversary of Austin changing into a No Kill metropolis.
Fourteen years in the past, animal lovers in Austin banded collectively to finish the
unnecessary killing of shelter pets in our neighborhood. We achieved this purpose
in three years, and have by no means stopped combating for it since. We have now
set our eyes on increasing our lifesaving additional past our
geographical borders, to the areas with the best want.

We grew our transport program.
This yr we saved greater than 2,400 at-risk pets by connecting
underfunded and overwhelmed Texas shelters to organizations in areas of
the nation the place they might be adopted. In a single outstanding transport
mission, in July we flew 89 cats and kittens and 12 canines from Texas,
the place the animals confronted probably euthanasia, to our companion in Maine,
the place they have been acquired with open arms and hope.

We continued our partnership with Austin FC, our hometown skilled soccer membership, with 22 of our animals serving as Honorary Mascots throughout residence video games.
These embrace pups who’re true survivors, and actually need to be
celebrated—like Gavin, who got here to APA! with extreme accidents after being
hit by a automobile, and wanted his jaw reattached; RayRay, who’d been
deserted in a house when his proprietor moved out and left him behind; and
Wolff Pack and Alright, Alright, Alright, two extra of our parvo
survivors and Parvo Pet ICU graduates. These furry mascots unfold
essential consciousness about our lifesaving packages and mission—and the
game-day consideration helps them get adopted! 

APA! introduced almost 12,000 animals by our shelter this yr. We
saved numerous extra with our hands-on help of under-resourced
shelters, by our No Kill schooling during which we educate different shelters
and communities learn how to save probably the most at-risk animals, and our Human
Animal Help Companies mission’s give attention to pet help and conserving
folks and pets collectively.

These are only a few of our 2022 milestones. We will not wait to share extra with you in our annual affect report. Keep tuned!

Now, as we flip towards the tip of the yr, let me say thanks for being such an essential a part of our lifesaving neighborhood. It’s your help that lets us save these lives.

And now your present can do much more. A gaggle of beneficiant nameless donors is matching all donations till December thirty first.

From now till the tip of the yr, your present is DOUBLED. Meaning should you donate $1, it turns into $2! We’re midway to assembly our December targets and each greenback helps. Click on right here to donate

Fourteen years in the past, we got down to save the pets who have been shedding their lives in Austin, for no cause apart from as a result of they did not have a house. At this time, as our pets are welcomed into loving foster properties, whereas a depraved storm approaches, we’re so pleased with our neighborhood. We’re proud to be primarily based right here, on this metropolis of animal lovers, the place each day of yearly, we work to save lots of much more of the animals who wouldn’t survive with out what we do collectively. We’re excited to broaden our lifesaving work to wherever at-risk pets want us probably the most, and we will not wait so that you can be a part of it.

On behalf of all of us at APA!, thanks for all you do. Blissful holidays, and have a really glad new yr.

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