We’ve Got Skills! Helping Dogs Become Great Family Pets

Thanks to our sponsors Maddie’s Fund (maddiesfund.org), Best Friends (bestfriends.org), and PawEDU.com, we’ll have presentations on the Canine Good Citizen program (initially funded by Best Friends) and shelter tours including demonstrations with dogs currently in the program as part of this year’s conference coming up in less than a week!  Need tickets? www.americanpetsalive.org . Guest Post […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Lexy Bonge & Samantha Pollard

Do you know how many small breed dogs are euthanized in your community shelter?  In Austin in 2008, it was many more than would have been expected (roughly 500).   Did you know that nearly ALL of them are saveable and although many are marked “aggressive”, they rarely are? Lexy Bonge is a homegrown Austinite. She […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Kim Borron

50% of the dogs in Austin were dying in 2008 when APA! began saving lives.  The rescue team started with literally 1-2 hours to go through the euthanasia list, choose animals, and save them before their time was up.  Kim Borron joined the rescue team in the very early days and has seen it ALL. […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Brent Toellner

Brent Toellner is the president and co-founder of the Kansas City Pet Project and author of the KC Dog Blog.  Brent started his work for animals doing rescue, then advocacy work fighting breed-specific legislation. Previously, he was the legislative chair for Kansas City Dog Advocates, a group that focused on pet-friendly legislation on the local […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Rufftail Runners

It was a match made in doggy heaven when Rob Hill, an attorney by day and runner by morning/evening/weekends, met Lindsay Marsh, a non-profit leader with a heart for dogs and cardio, through their mutual training group: Team Spiridon.  With their passions combined, they co-created a meetup group in Austin, Texas for people interested in […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Love-A-Bull

There’s a beautiful thing happening here in Austin!  Love-A-Bull, a local organization committed to promoting responsible guardianship and improving the lives of pit bull type dogs through education, advocacy and rescue, is on a mission to change peoples’ minds about pit bulls and teach others to advocate for any dog who needs it. Rewind to […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Holly Livermore

Holly Livermore had six years in rescue work and four operating adoption programs prior to coming to Austin Pets Alive! Those experiences have given Holly an eye for adoptability, a feel for the right mix of dogs to send out to each day’s adoption sites, and a working knowledge of basic shelter medicine and disease […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Cassie Olivo

Cassie Olivo is a native Austinite who has certainly grown where she was planted. She realized her passion was serving homeless animals when she encountered an Austin Pets Alive! off-site adoption site set up at a local PetSmart. She asked how she could get involved, and the rest is history! She stalked any and all volunteer […]

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AmPA 2014 Presenter Series: Marian Cannell

Big dogs with behavior problems make up most of the final 10% of animals needlessly euthanized in Austin, Texas. Marian stands at about 5′ even, but is able to wrangle even the strongest and most stubborn of canines into well behaved, more adoptable pets. Marian started out in the service industry wrangling naughty customers, until […]

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