Ellen Jefferson

President & Ceo
Austin Pets Alive

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, has led Austin Pets Alive! since 2008 and has led the organization’s rise from a grassroots rescue group to national thought leadership. She is President and CEO of APA!, and of the organization’s national education and outreach division, American Pets Alive!, and as a founding member of the executive committee for the Human Animal Support Services Pilot Project (HASS), launched in March 2020. HASS promises to thoroughly redesign animal sheltering to better serve communities and people as well as animals. Under Ellen’s direction, Austin Pets Alive! first drove the process that resulted in Austin, Texas, becoming the nation’s largest No Kill city in 2011. The city now enjoys a comprehensive safety net for all shelter cats and dogs and a nearly 96% save rate for homeless animals.

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