Anchovy, the patchwork princess, was found by a Good Samaritan who took her to Austin Pets Alive! as part of its P.A.S.S. Program, which provides emergency medical assistance, temporary fosters, and behavioral/training recommendations to save at-risk animals. Halle Eckel Hamilton, cat adoption manager for APA! and frequent foster cat mom, fell in love with Anchovy and brought her home for some TLC.
Anchovy needed a buddy, and Jeff Goldbum was the perfect companion. Jeff, a ginger Manx kitten, suffers from Manx syndrome, causing nerve damage and incontinence, much like Anchovy. Despite their disabilities, the two cats adored each other and often played, groomed, and cuddled together.
Foster mom Halle would have liked for the duo to be adopted together, but she is happy to report that they both found loving homes. Halle is grateful to be part of their adoption journeys and proud of her local nonprofit, stating that it had a record year finding loving homes for their incontinent cat population.
APA! pre-adopts cats for at least 60 days to get them into a routine. The shelter also gives adopters access to internal vets and techs, as well as training, all at no additional cost so that people can take a chance on a cat who didn’t have a chance. And what better example than Anchovy and Jeff – two happy “pees” in a pod!
The P.A.S.S. Program at Austin Pets Alive! is a vital resource for Texas residents who can provide temporary foster homes for at-risk animals. This program provides emergency medical assistance, behavioral/training recommendations, and other resources to save animals’ lives. Without this program, many needy and disabled animals would be euthanized at other shelters due to a lack of resources and knowledge.
Apart from providing temporary fosters, APA! also helps find these animals fur-ever homes. Halle is proud of her local nonprofit’s record year of finding loving homes for its incontinent cat population. This success is attributed to APA!’s practice of pre-adopting cats for at least 60 days to get them into a routine, providing adopters with access to internal vets and techs, and providing training at no additional cost.
Austin Pets Alive! is making a significant impact in the lives of animals in the Texas community, thanks to programs like P.A.S.S. and dedicated staff and volunteers like Halle Eckel Hamilton. These programs and initiatives are inspiring more people to take a chance on an animal in need, even those with disabilities like Anchovy and Jeff, who found love and happiness in their fur-ever homes.
If you want to learn more about Austin Pets Alive! or support their cause, visit their website at austinpetsalive.org or follow them on Instagram and Facebook @austinpetsalive. Every little bit helps to save the lives of at-risk animals and bring them joy and happiness in their fur-ever homes.