Austin Pets Alive! | Progress Replace of APA!’s Veterinary Providers…


Aug 23, 2023

The Metropolis of Laredo and Laredo Animal Care Providers (LACS) partnered with Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) in February 2023 because of the town’s need to satisfy the Laredo group’s want for shelter enchancment. As a result of restricted sources, LACS has traditionally confronted challenges in implementing veterinary greatest practices, struggling to save lots of half of the 8,000 pets that come into its shelter. Recognizing {that a} change was wanted, LACS contracted with APA! to offer veterinary care providers and up to date shelter operations. 

APA! has been serving to LACS with rescue transport since 2020 and partnered with LACS throughout Winter Storm Uri, which led to this larger partnership. In Could 2023, after working with LACS over many months, APA! constructed a set of custom-made suggestions and an implementation plan to ascertain Laredo as a frontrunner in animal sheltering all through South Texas. LACS has been introduced with its first alternative to just accept sources, within the type of money and time, from a transformational group to assist save extra animal lives. APA!’s goal is to assist fill the hole in crucial coaching and assist, on the request and with the cooperation of LACS, to assist individuals and their pets in Laredo.

APA!’s implementation plan contains shelter greatest practices reminiscent of assist at consumption,Entice, Neuter, Launch (TNR) program, misplaced pet reunification, and placement applications. A individuals centered consumption mannequin, which incorporates an appointment-based consumption of animals in non-emergency conditions into the animal providers facility, is a contemporary observe that prioritizes sick or injured pets, animals in speedy hazard, or canine that pose a menace to public security. Organized consumption frees up shelter sources to make sure emergencies and important conditions are dealt with promptly and successfully.


APA!’s vet and nationwide shelter assist groups have made vital progress at LACS:

  • Since March, APA! doubled spay and neuters with over 1,000 animals, and in 2023 because the begin of the contract, we now have introduced the feline dwell consequence fee to over 65%. APA! is chargeable for over 1,500 dwell outcomes in 2023 via rescue transport.

  • Applied remedy protocols to make sure each sick, treatable animal receives remedy and vaccines, well being certificates, and extra to extend the variety of pets saved.

  • Carried out an elevated stage of medical consideration for shelter animals, together with leg amputations, mass removals, surgical procedures, and extra to save lots of the pet’s life. Beforehand animals requiring this care would have been mechanically euthanized.

Moreover, APA! designed free customized workers coaching, over 30 customary working procedures, and an implementation plan for LACS based mostly on greatest practices that embrace:

  • Consumption Counseling and Triage – To assist present remedy and care to the animals in want, offering consent-based sources for pets that will not want to come back to the shelter, and decreasing euthanasia charges.

  • Entice, Neuter, Launch (TNR) program – To make sure stray cats aren’t euthanized upon consumption at alarming charges.

  • Misplaced Pet Reunification – To make sure that at the very least the nationwide customary variety of misplaced pets make it again to their households.

  • Placement Packages- Rescue/Transport, Adoption, Case Administration, Foster, Volunteer – To assist cut back the variety of pets on the shelter by selling adoptions, fostering, and dealing with rescue companions.
    The implementation of those applications and procedures is prime to the success of the contract between Austin Pets Alive! and Laredo Animal Care Providers to extend adoptions and supply group steering to higher assist the individuals and pets of Laredo. APA! can also be offering further sources reminiscent of:

  • 5 Full-time workers (4 instantly operations centered and native to Laredo and 1 centered on advertising and communication)

  • Nationwide Subject Providers in-person coaching

  • On-line course module with in-person steering and evaluation free of charge

  • Weekly transport van and driver devoted to selecting up Laredo animals and taking in-state companions.

  • Out of state transport van and driver help are devoted to Laredo animals.

  • $90K pet meals donation for the group through HSUS/Chewy secured by APA!.

  • Adoption incentive grant of $3,000 for present luggage for adopters.

  • Handouts, flyers, sources, and posters – printed for the entrance foyer, and for employees handy out to the group to assist individuals with their pets.

APA!’s implementation plan, launched in Could 2023, contains shelter greatest practices reminiscent of assist at consumption, Entice, Neuter, Launch (TNR) program, misplaced pet reunification, and placement applications.

To achieve success, Laredo Animal Care Providers must implement these adjustments instantly and take the group’s and animals’ wants into consideration. 


When APA!’s staff first arrived at LACS, they encountered dire circumstances, together with an especially excessive fee of illness in pets–predominately parvovirus; overcrowding, unsanitary kennels; insufficient water and meals provides; and unattended injured animals in pressing want of medical care.

Upon arrival, APA! rapidly recognized and carried out speedy options to resolve these harsh circumstances and continued to work with the LACS staff to implement further medical and remedy protocols. These actions have already contributed to saving the lives of a number of hundred pets that the majority actually would have died with out intervention resulting from lack of medical care and euthanasia. Our purpose is to extend lifesaving and supply higher assist to the Laredo group, individuals and pets.


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