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

Sep 26, 2022

Austin was a really completely different metropolis for susceptible companion animals simply 14 years in the past. A number of the animals most in danger had been puppies with parvovirus. Every day these tiny lives had been needlessly misplaced as a result of shelters did not have applications 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 may usually be saved, why wasn’t remedy the norm? To
save these pets and enhance lifesaving in Austin, we needed to begin
someplace — and maintaining parvo puppies from being euthanized appeared like a
good place to start out.

The Parvo Pet ICU, as we all know it at this time, was born in a toilet in my home round Thanksgiving 2008. At its peak I may spend as much as eight hours a day cleansing and treating wherever from a pair to 25 sick puppies at a time. Fortunately,
my husband was very understanding and prepared to place up with the odor
of sick puppies in our lavatory. Regardless that it wasn’t excellent having the
robust and unforgettable odor of parvo in our house, it was the one approach
to guard these pets in want and provides them the vital 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 usually the one one
cleansing up after that first batch of puppies, APA!’s capability to take care of animals in want continues to develop because of the assistance of pals such as you.

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

At this time, parvo puppies are nonetheless susceptible to useless euthanasia in shelters throughout Texas that haven’t but adopted No Kill. As we rejoice the eleventh anniversary of No Kill in Austin and its continued affect on pets at excessive threat of euthanasia we all know there’s nonetheless a lot work to do to avoid wasting much more lives and assist different shelters do the identical. Will you join us today?

With gratitude,


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