Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hector, the Parvo Puppy

Pit Bull Pride - Day #23

Hector is a little pittie mix that was nursed back to health after being infected with Canine Parvovirus (Parvo). He arrived at Austin Pets Alive with an uncertain fate and thanks to the loving treatment, he is now happy, healthy and living life in his new forever home!

So, today for Pittie Pride Day 23, we are celebrating Austin Pets Alive and Hector!

Austin Pets Alive (APA) has always been a favorite rescue organization of mine. In 2008, APA took on the challenge of changing Town Lake Animal Center (now Austin Animal Center) into a shelter that actually saves lives vs simple housing before killing them. 

Austin's city shelter certainly wasn't the worst in the country, however with the amazing influence and leadership of Austin Pets Alive along with our many other area rescue organizations and pet loving community, Austin has become the largest No Kill community in the country. 

Now, APA can certainly be credited with many HUGE accomplishments within the city shelter, but when it comes to their own organization, this little local animal rescue runs programs like no other. 

One of their most impressive accomplishments is their amazing successes within their Parvo Ward. APA treats the highly contagious pets in an isolated ward.  The clinic treated 256 dogs in 2011, with an impressive 88% survival rate!

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious, life-threatening virus that infects rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. 

APA is committed to providing care to a huge number of animals in their clinic and relies on donations in order to continue these life-saving programs. 

Stephanie Conrad
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