Austin Pets Alive! | Why Not Undertake “The Underdog?”


Oct 30, 2023

When potential adopters sift by means of the a whole bunch of canines obtainable for adoption on our web site or stroll previous the rows of kennels at our principal location, they little doubt will see a number of canines in wheelchairs who’re searching for a house. We may supply a bulleted record answering “Why Undertake a Wheelchair Canine?” however we’d relatively discover, “Why not?”

October is Subaru Loves Pets month and whereas all pets are being celebrated, our pals at Subaru like to shine the highlight on underdogs — canines who might have a harder time discovering their adoptive residence attributable to perceived boundaries, through the month of October. Canine in wheelchairs, or as we name them at APA!, “wheelie canines,” usually roll into that class.

Having a wheelie canine in your house, in lots of regards, is not any completely different than having a canine with their very own full mobility. One highly effective instance of a profitable wheelie canine adoption sits with Frankie and her adopted canine, Gavin.

Frankie first entered the world of APA! as a foster at first of 2023 and dove deeper into her involvement by turning into a strong volunteer, a choice impressed by how a lot she loves Gavin.

“In early 2023, I noticed an electronic mail from Austin Pets Alive! a couple of canine named Gavin who had probably been hit by a automotive in 2021 and was left paralyzed. APA! pulled him and supplied surgical procedure to restore his jaw. He was within the shelter for nearly two years. I immediately knew I wished to foster Gavin.

Though I’d by no means had a particular wants canine, I knew I may discover ways to look after him and provides him a loving residence. I picked Gavin up through the ice storm in February 2023. He instantly stole my coronary heart, and, after two weeks, I formally adopted him. Gavin’s day by day routine consists of walks on our neighborhood path, serving to me on the group backyard, taking part in within the yard with my different pups, and snuggling as much as a stuffed toy whereas I work at home.

Adopting Gavin has enriched my life as a lot because it has his. I’m grateful day-after-day that APA! saved him and supplied medical care after his accident. To point out my thanks, I volunteer with the canines on the TLAC location most days. I take pleasure in spending time with the bizarre ones, the tremendous excessive vitality ones, and the specially-abled ones.

Adopting, fostering, or just taking a shelter pup on a sleepover for a few weeks helps APA!’s mission of eliminating the killing of companion animals. Taking only one APA! canine residence, opens up kennel house to permit APA! to drag from different shelters and keep away from euthanasia.

Whereas Gavin wants a wheelchair to be on the transfer, a lot of his day is spent in the identical means every other canine spends their day — exploring the world with their folks, having fun with some meals and treats, and snuggling on the finish of the day.

We’re so glad that Frankie’s coronary heart and residential opened for Gavin and love that we’re given the privilege of Frankie’s time and a window into the charmed life that Gavin has with Frankie!



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