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Austin Pets Alive! | #AmplifyLifesaving for Pets Like Elton


Mar 01, 2022

Elton was born in Bastrop, Texas, and was brought to their shelter when he was just a baby. When he was rescued, it was soon found out that Elton had a very severe case of Parvovirus and almost did not survive. Our Parvo ICU took him in and saved Elton from these terrible circumstances.

Parvo is a canine life-threatening virus that rapidly infects the dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely in the intestinal tract. The virus is highly contagious and resistant and can survive in the ground for up to a year. Many symptoms of the virus are lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. These symptoms can lead to very harmful dehydration.

The best way to prevent Parvo as it is most susceptible to young puppies is vaccination. Vaccines are very important to prevent your pup from this virus.

Since APA! opened its Parvo Puppy ICU back in 2008, we’ve saved nearly 8,000 lives! We are proud to say we have an 88% save rate in the ICU. Before when these dogs were immediately euthanized in the shelter, they now get to go on and live long and healthy lives like Elton is doing!

As Elton was cleared and looking for an adoptive family or foster home, the Reynolds family was new to Austin and decided they wanted a new friend while also wanting to save a pup’s life. They came to APA!, fell in love with Elton, and adopted him in September of 2021. He is now a happy boy living in a warm, loving home with his adopter and the transformation this boy has received is amazing! The Reynolds family gushed, “Elton is a sweet gentle boy. He is our best friend. We never knew could love anything the way we love him.”

When you #AmplifyLifesaving for APA!, you allow us to help and save more pups like Elton and continue with our Parvo ICU so we can care for pups infected with this terrible virus. Every donation will be doubled to help save more lives! Will you #AmplifyLifesaving today?



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