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This is going to be one busy fall for PPA! With so much going on we would like to take a minute to highlight a few of the events where we could really use your help. We are always looking for volunteers and donations, sponsors, and supporters. Please help spread the word about these incredible fall events. Strut Your Mutt – Saturday, September 17 at Walter E. Long Park This event is hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and BOBS from Sketchers. Touted as “No ordinary dog walking event”, this festival helps support life-saving efforts for animals in shelters, foster care, and on theRead More →

What Are Heartworms? Heartworms are parasites, like roundworms or tapeworms, that are transmitted through the bloodstream via mosquitos to dogs and cats.  Six to seven months after a dog is infected, fully grown heartworms live in its heart and lungs.  Dogs with heartworms often cough, tire easily, and sometimes cough up blood.   Prevention and Treatment Prevention is key. Once an infection is detected and diagnosed your veterinarian will develop a plan for treatment. Communication with your veterinarian is important. Tell them about symptoms, and communicate concerns. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the worms. The best thing you can do forRead More →

  One of the best parts of volunteering with PPA is getting to know the personalities of all of the animals. Each breed has their own characteristics, but just like us, each pet has their own character, and there is none bigger than Maxwell’s. Maxwell is our resident clown. In true bully breed fashion, he is a lovable lug who just wants to entertain and have fun. At first glance, one might find Maxwell a bit intimidating. He is a stout fellow, but Maxwell is a gentle giant. He loves to be scratched and give kisses. He’s known to jump around in his crate andRead More →

Sometimes I read about someone saying with great authority that animals have no intentions and no feelings, and I wonder, ‘Doesn’t this guy have a dog?’ – Frans De Waal, quoted in The New York Times June 26, 2001 On Sunday, January 17, 2016, Pflugerville Pets Alive was able to pull a sweet, white and black spotted, terrier mix from the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. When we took Annie out of her kennel to meet her foster family, Annie, a 7 month old puppy, was terrified. Her legs were shaking, and she seemed unsure of the situation. Undoubtedly, she has been through this before— and wondersRead More →

“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, shall they be saved.” -Jane Goodall **Warning: The photos attached to this post are graphic** The journey down Maxwell’s path has been difficult, but he has not let that crush his spirit. One look into his sweet, brown eyes, and you can tell that he has a greater purpose! Last month, he was found alone and unresponsive in a hotel room in Austin. Pflugerville Pets Alive welcomed him back into our program 2 days ago after a short stay with our friends at Austin Animal Center. WhenRead More →