Austin man’s journey to transform the life of Alva, a dog with wobbler syndrome

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In honor of Giving Tuesday this week, Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) shared a success story about one of their long-stay dogs.

Joe Rotunda, a pet advocate, formed a unique bond with Alva, a dog with wobbler syndrome, after discovering her on Instagram. Despite Alva’s challenging condition, which led to her return to APA! after an initial adoption, Rotunda was determined to make a difference in her life.

For two months, Rotunda visited Alva daily at APA!, gradually gaining her trust. Recognizing her special needs, he modified his home, adding ramps and safe spaces to accommodate her mobility issues. This effort was supported by APA!’s dog behavior training team, which provided essential training to help Alva adapt to a home environment.

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of APA!, acknowledged Rotunda’s efforts as reflective of the success of Austin’s No Kill policy, which saves healthy and/or treatable animals from euthanasia. Rotunda, through his persistence, has shown that with dedication, pets with special needs can find loving homes.

Rotunda’s relationship with Alva has evolved greatly, with her pictures now adorning Rotunda’s wall. He credits Alva for inspiring him and highlighting the importance of resilience.

“People tell me it must be hard work, but I keep telling folks that she has given me far more than I have given her,” he said. “Alva gave me a gift every time I saw her, and that was: inspiration. It is her spirit that is so infectious, she shines, and nothing gets in her way; she does not know she is different.”

  • Photo Joe holding Alva and smiling Photo Credit to Karen Hardwick
  • Photos Joe giving Alva treats Photo Credit to Karen Hardwick.JPG
  • framed photo of alva
  • alva

APA! continues to advocate for pets like Alva, offering training sessions for fosters and adopters. The organization invites the community to support, foster or adopt pets in need.

Those interested in supporting critical programs at APA! can sponsor a shelter pet, and those interested in fostering or adopting can go online to sign up.

APA! is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and people can visit the main location at 1156 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703, or the Tarrytown Adoption Center (Small Dogs and Cattery) at 3118 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703.

Related Posts

65a406f92200003200ad4ac0

Thousands Of Demonstrators March For Palestine Across The World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators converged opposite the White House on Saturday to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza, while children joined…

65a3302a2300003100806e60

Massive Gas Outage Threatens Millions Of Americans’ Energy Supplies Amid Arctic Storm

Emergency shutdown at a natural gas storage facility in Washington state threatens mass blackouts.

65a302dd2300005500806e58

Prankster Tries To Give Ron DeSantis Participation Trophy At Iowa Event

“We’re proud of you for trying,” Davram Stiefler of The Good Liars comedy duo told DeSantis.

65a3198e240000320027f385

Chicago Bulls Fans Boo As Jerry Krause's Widow Accepts Honor In His Place

The team’s former general manager died in 2017.

65a2fb7e2300005600806e55

Viral Rapper Says He’s Innocent After Kidnapping Allegations

A viral Texas rapper is claiming his innocence after being accused of kidnapping a pregnant woman and keeping her locked in his garage. Lee Carter, 52, better…

65a2c9d72200005300fb00fc

Bills-Steelers Playoff Game Postponed Amid Forecast For Dangerous Winter Weather

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A potentially dangerous winter storm forecast to hit the Buffalo region over the weekend led the NFL on Saturday to push back the…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *