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Austin Texas PET Hero Award

The PET Hero Award raises funds for the PET and Austin Texas, PET Hero Welfare Fund

Austin Texas, PET Hero Welfare Fund
The purpose of this fund is to support Austin Texas animal welfare in two ways.
  * It supports the recognition of a local PET Hero Award recipient.
  * It also supports local animal welfare groups within the Austin local area.


Donations made are divided among collaborating and supporting Austin animal welfare groups for the benefit of local needs. The PET (Pet Endowment Trust) serves as steward and fiduciary for this fund.

Animal welfare groups that work together can be a magical thing. Together they can harness lots of resources without being redundant and wasteful with limited funding. The PET works to provide projects that can support a collaborative effort within a local community.  


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.

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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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, DVMDr. 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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