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Austin Pets Alive! | Particular Thank You to All of Our APA! Volunteers!


Apr 19, 2023

As animal shelters all throughout the nation head into “busy season,” the affect that volunteers make is usually underestimated and generally neglected. At Austin Pets Alive!, the individuals who donate their time and expertise to the animals who’re lucky sufficient to get to APA!, are a part of what I contemplate our “lifeblood.

APA! volunteers are right here as a result of they love animals, however what units APA volunteers aside is that whereas they’re right here they develop into consultants in animal welfare. They develop into consultants in neonatal kitten care. They develop into consultants in giving canine an enriching expertise whereas ready for a household in a particularly difficult shelter surroundings. They develop into consultants in serving to a excessive quantity of animals get better from surgical procedure. They develop into consultants in serving to canine overcome behaviors associated to puppyhood isolation and trauma. They develop into consultants in treating cats for ringworm. They develop into consultants in supporting others as they foster animals who want greater than what a shelter kennel can present. They develop into consultants in excessive quantity laundry help to make sure the pets within the shelter have one thing dry and comfortable to sleep on. They develop into consultants in parvovirus care and remedy. The record goes on and on (actually!).

I hope that volunteers at APA! see that their actions make a distinction and that they aren’t simply an “add on” to employees–they’re an integral a part of what makes our group in a position to accomplish a lot. I’m a veterinarian so forgive the anatomy analogy, however in case you consider employees because the vertebrae or spine of the group, the volunteers and fosters are the limbs that make it attainable to stroll and write!

And once I say “accomplish a lot,” I imply that APA! has been in a position to be one of many prime adoption organizations within the nation (apparently the 2nd highest within the US!); is the most important foster care group in animal welfare; and has mentored many different organizations to allow them to save extra lives. And it’s all due to our collective work. With out volunteers, it might not be attainable to check a future that ensures all pets in shelters are given the person help they should survive AND that stops pets who don’t have to be there from being subjected to a shelter kennel within the first place.

Once I take a look at one in every of my very own APA! adoptees, Echo, I see all of the fingers that made her life attainable. As a semi-paralyzed and incontinent survivor of distemper, her wants handed via the fingers of volunteer information help to maintain her prolonged information up to date, volunteer lengthy keep trackers to make sure she was headed towards adoption, different fosters who helped carry the burden within the early phases of her illness once I was out of city, the canine advertising volunteers who made certain that she was seen to adopters, and of volunteers in our foster adoption workforce who helped me make her keep at our home everlasting.

I’m so grateful for what volunteers do to help the folks and animals we contact day by day. I do know it’s a cliché, however it actually does take a village to intervene within the damaged nationwide system of animal sheltering and to look after the animals which might be the collateral harm of that system.

Thanks!



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