Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Executive Director

Dr. Ellen Jefferson
Dr. Ellen Jefferson graduated from veterinary school in 1997 and started a career in private practice. In 1999, in response to an 85 percent death rate at the city shelter, she started EmanciPET, a low-cost and free spay/neuter clinic, in an effort to decrease the number of homeless animals. In 2008, still not satisfied with how fast the city of Austin, Texas, was moving toward no-kill status, she stepped in as executive director of Austin Pets Alive.Austin Pets Alive became the driving force behind bringing the entire city of Austin to a greater than 90 percent save rate, becoming the largest no-kill city in the U.S.

In 2012, founded San Antonio Pets Alive to implement the no-kill programs that have proven successful in Austin, greatly contributing to an increase in the live release rate in San Antonio from 30 percent to 82 percent in three years.

Married to a horse veterinarian, Ellen and her husband have two dogs (one a distemper survivor), two cats and a bird, as well as many foster animals.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Save Them All: South Central Regional Case Studies