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Austin Texas PET Hero Award

Austin Sheltie Rescue, ATX
Check Emancipet.  It's prime purpose is animal welfare and they have buses that go around the Central Texas area taking care of animals.

Austin Wildlife Rescue, AWR
I personally use Westgate Pet and Bird for my pets

Austin Farm Sanctuary
Hello. We've had great experiences with:
Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital and Dr. Matthews Mobile Veterinary Clinic

Thundering Paws
Southwest Veterinary Hospital in Oak Hill, Southpark Veterinary Hospital, and any of the Bluebonnet Vet Offices seem to be good.

Austin Glider Rescue
I love North Austin Animal Hospital. They’re incredible Dr. Pena has treated hundreds of our gliders. We also have experience with Agave Vet Care and I trust them too.

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2024 Pet Hero Award Recipient  

Savita Wadhwani, DVM
I am the owner of our clinics. I was born in India. My family immigrated to the United States in 1976 when I was 11 years old. Since then, Texas has been my home. I did my undergraduate education at Texas A & M University and received my veterinary degree from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. I moved to Austin, Texas to practice medicine. After working as an associate veterinarian for 2 years, I purchased the clinics from the previous owner. You may see my cat “Little Kitty” running around the clinic from time to time.

Ayalsew Mekonnen, DVM
Dr. Mekonnen graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary School in 1992. After he graduated, he started working at South Branch Pet and Bird Clinic. Dr. Mekonnen is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) and Central Area Veterinary Medical Association (CAVMA). Dr. Mekonnen generally treats cats and dogs. He also frequently works on birds and other exotic pets. He loves to perform soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.


He has been married to his wife for twenty-four years and has one daughter. In his spare time, Dr. Mekonnen loves to read books, fish, swim and in-line skate.

Donor Program

We partner and help pet advocates with  bequest giving programs. 

One on One

Provide assistance to pet owners with estate plans, pet placement or care.


We partner with other groups to magnify our outreach.

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