AUSTIN (KXAN) – The weekend cold front caused the heaters at Austin Pets Alive! to break down, leaving a run of kennels with insufficient heat. After asking for help from the community the animal shelter will now have new heating units from Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning.
Donations from the community helped fund the new heaters, in addition to the discount provided by Radiant Plumbing to keep Austin’s furry friends warm for the holidays. The shelter needed $10,000 to replace the heaters and were looking for 10 to 15 foster homes for large dogs. After hearing about the heat issues, several Austinites came forward to provide temporary homes for the dogs to keep them out of the cold.
“We are overwhelmed with the compassion and support offered by our community,” said Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of APA!, “Austin is showing the rest of the country how to be a compassionate and safe city for pets, but it’s the people here that make this possible.”
APA! was a little more crowded than usual over the weekend after taking in 15 puppies Sunday afternoon. Five from one litter needs round-the-clock bottle feeding for a few weeks, others will go to get parvovirus treatment and some of the puppies will need a foster home for a few weeks before they can be adopted.
“We realize we’re asking a lot but our ability to save these lives is really only limited by finding the right foster homes for them,” Mike Kaviani, Director of Lifesaving Operations said.
Kvaiani says the good news for the shelter is that they have received a ton of blankets to keep the animals warm to the point that they are running out of room for them.
APA! usually sees less volunteers and fosters during the holiday season, meaning they are looking for more people to care for the animals.