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Patty Lepley Alexander is a resourceful, no-nonsense lasy who wears a smile and necklace that says “Until They All Have a Home.” In her native Oklahoma, Patty worked with several local humane organizations, even performing animal cruelty investigations for a small humane society in Northeastern Oklahoma.

In 2009, she packed up and moved her family to a city she had fallen in love with – Austin, Texas – and has not ever regretted it. She brought her experience to Austin Pets Alive!, a then fledgling rescue group that had just transitioned from advocacy to saving lives from the city euthanasia list. She started as a marketer on the rescue team, saving dogs that were at risk, and eventually her unflinching optimism and can-do spirit landed her the first P.A.S.S. (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) staff position.

Alexander has been the manager of the Austin Pets Alive! Pass Program since October of 2010. As P.A.S.S. manager, Patty manages resources that help owners keep their pets when they may be at risk for surrender. If keeping the pet is not an option, Patty helps connect the pet with a no-kill rescue that can re-home the pet.

More recently, Patty has also joined the AdoptLine Response Team at APA!, which serves as the front lines of the organization. APA’s Adoptline Response Team provides email and phone mail responses to inquiries 365 days a year, 14 hours a day. This group currently handles between 150-200 emails/vmail a day, and has been critical in increasing APA’s adoptions and making APA responsive and informative to the public.

At the 2014 American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference, Patty will be presenting on building an AdoptLine Response Team from the ground up with a volunteer force, and working with the public via a P.A.S.S. program to find other solutions and resources for their pets besides surrendering to the shelter.

Haven’t registered for the American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference yet? It is not too late! Register today at www.americanpetsalive2014.eventbrite.com

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