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2012: Ellen Jefferson advocating for animals - Source Austin American Statesman

Posted on Apr 05,2017
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Ellen Jefferson in 2012 was with Pidgey at her home in Austin. Thao Nguyen/For American-Statesman

Source Austin American Statesman

AUSTIN - We repost this 2012 profile of Ellen Jefferson just in time for the Austin Pets Alive benefit, Tailwaggers, on April 7.

While volunteering at the old Town Lake Animal Shelter, veterinarian Ellen Jefferson saw too many animals killed.

“It didn’t feel like I was making a big impact, ” Jefferson says. “But I felt like if I could stop the inflow, fewer would come into shelter, so more could go out alive.”

In 1999, Jefferson founded Emancipet, a nonprofit group which spays or neuters animals.

By the time she left the group – which keeps growing without her – they were performing 16,000 surgeries a year, mostly from a roaming clinic. That superhuman feat, however, didn’t make the expected impact on the number of animals euthanized at the city’s shelter.

Source Austin American Statesman

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