Austin Pets Alive! | Pet Discovered within the River, Survived a Lethal…

Oct 25, 2022

In early October, Austin Pets Alive! acquired a name from one other Texas shelter–– a person had simply are available with a pet he’d discovered floating in a field alongside the river, and he wanted assist the shelter was unequipped to offer.

A photograph taken by the one that discovered Kayak.

Why was the shelter unable to assist this lovely little pet? As a result of the 2-month-old had examined constructive for Parvovirus—a extremely contagious, life-threatening virus that’s thought of a dying sentence at many animal shelters. Thankfully for the pet, APA! was prepared to assist save his life. As a rescue that operates one of the country’s only Parvo ICUs, APA! has handled practically 1,000 parvo constructive canines a yr. The Parvo ICU tackles high-risk instances, as soon as thought of inconceivable to deal with within the shelter setting, that different shelters are unable to deal with as a result of extremely contagious nature of the virus. Slowly however certainly, APA! has set a precedent nationwide for treating parvovirus within the shelter setting, proving that it’s doable to avoid wasting extra lives than as soon as thought doable.

After a two-hour drive to Austin, Kayak arrived at APA! torpid and pale. Medical clinic supervisor Lauren Heymann instantly acknowledged that the tiny pup was crashing and that he wanted fast

Kayak was so sick throughout his first week of therapy that he didn’t present any indicators of his character. Slowly however certainly, underneath the cautious therapy of APA! workers and volunteers, Kayak’s true wiggly and glad self started to blossom. As he began gaining weight and recovering from his bout with parvovirus, Kayak started searching for consideration from his human caretakers, wagging his tail emphatically to guests and providing candy kisses to his pals.

Inside no time, adoption functions for the glad boy started to stream in. Kayak quickly discovered a loving residence the place he’s now free to grow to be his full outgoing, candy self. And whereas Kayak resides his finest life, dozens of different APA! parvovirus survivors are nonetheless in search of success tales of their very own. Regardless that adopting a parvo survivor might sound scary, it’s important to know that puppies like Kayak aren’t any completely different from some other pet and dwell lengthy, glad, wholesome lives with few to no extra issues or care necessities.

Kayak with a member of the APA! staff
Kayak with a member of the APA! workers

Kayak is a survivor, due to the great efforts of the type human who saved him from his floating field and the devoted workers at APA! who nursed him again to well being. Much more importantly, he’s a wholesome, wiggly boy who’s able to expertise all that life has to supply in his new residence–– and we’re so extremely thrilled for him!

Kayak with his new family.
Kayak together with his new household.

However the work of APA! by no means stops–– as long as animals like Kayak and different puppies with parvo need assistance, APA! will proceed to problem the established order by means of fixed innovation, compassion, and revolutionary lifesaving applications.

If you happen to’re fascinated about serving to our lifesaving efforts:

Donate to assist APA! by clicking here.

To undertake or sponsor a parvovirus warrior like Kayak, try our canines presently obtainable for foster or adoption by clicking here.

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