Dr. Ellen Jefferson
Ellen Jefferson, D.V.M., is the Executive Director for both Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive!, an instructor for the Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy and on the executive team for Human Animal Support Services. Dr. Jefferson started her career in private practice. In 1999, in response to an 85% death rate at the city shelter, she started EmanciPET, a spay/neuter clinic, in an effort to decrease the number of homeless animals. In 2008, with Austin still only saving 45% of pets in the shelter, she joined Austin Pets Alive! Since 2008, Austin Pets Alive! has been the driving force behind bringing Austin to a greater than 95% live release rate. American Pets Alive! is now piloting the Human Animal Support Services Project, an international collective of shelter industry leaders that aims to reinvent animal services to more accurately reflect the value that modern society places on pets as family members.