The Story of Austin Pets Alive! Part 5 : Law and Animal Welfare

The innovations pioneered by Dr. Ellen Jefferson including low-cost shelter vet care resulted in a political issues.  Issues that could very well force shelters and rescues to care for less animals due a substantial increase in cost.  This article examines an idea such as private vet care standards for shelters sounds sensible in theory, but […]

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Past Attendee – Dallas Pets Alive! – What They Have Done Since Attending AmPA!

Guest post by Leslie Sans, Executive Director of Dallas Pets Alive! College administrator turned animal advocate and rescue leader, that’s me. I am sure many of us who find ourselves in this rescue world never thought we would be fighting for animals in our communities. For others, actively saving animals has been their calling all […]

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Saving the Last 10% – Canine Enrichment, Decreasing Length of Stay and Training

By Jess Borda With only 5 full time staff and a team of volunteers with the task to care for the 130+ dogs in the outdoor kennels at the Town Lake Animal Center, you may wonder how Austin Pets Alive! ensures how each and every dog in our gets  the outlets they need to be […]

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The Story of Austin Pets Alive Part 4: Grace Under Pressure

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! decides to help neighboring San Antonio, Texas and launches San Antonio Pets Alive. Mistakes turn into struggle. (warning: graphic photos in link):  http://huff.to/2kubDy3 . If case you missed the prior parts: Part 3 – http://huff.to/2mCkxeJ Part 2 – http://huff.to/2mIqkyr Part 1 – http://huff.to/2i6CdeN

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The Story of Austin Pets Alive! Part 3: Becoming a Model for Other Communities

Word spreads about how quickly Austin has become the largest No Kill city in the nation and other communities ask how they can achieve similar results.  American Pets Alive! is born… If you haven’t read Part 2 (http://ow.ly/mCwd307UfFq)  or Part 1 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-erin/no-kill-no-problem_b_4175940.html).

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How Austin Pets Alive! Markets Long Stay Dogs

A guest post by Jessica Borda To our greatest joy, here at Austin Pets Alive! we have found that some of our dogs end up staying quite the long time. Some dogs need the time  to learn the manners that will make them successful in their forever home and some are just overlooked because they […]

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The Story of Austin Pets Alive! Part 2: Getting a Physical Shelter

Many times, we get questions about how we grew from a strictly volunteer group, to a foster based rescue to running a physical shelter.  This article, written by one of our volunteers, outlines the journey of getting our first shelter: http://ow.ly/mCwd307UfFq. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can read it here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-erin/no-kill-no-problem_b_4175940.html.

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The Benefits of Playgroups and How to Create One (courtesy of Dogs Playing for Life)

Learn more about skills building and how to create a playgroup program at your shelter with the Dogs Playing for Life manual. http://dogsplayingforlife.com/dpfl-manual/ .

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How It All Began: The Beginnings of Austin Pets Alive!

Every year, people from all over the nation reach out to us to learn how Austin became No Kill.  These change-makers have the vision to start their own quest to save more shelter pets in their own communities.  What they find is plenty of obstacles.  No one has ever said change is easy.  Usually, at […]

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