OUR FOCUS IS TO HELP ANIMALS IN THIS WORK, BUT WE HAVE TO ALWAYS HELP PEOPLE AS WELL. IF WE CAN HELP PEOPLE, WE ARE HELPING ANIMALS, TOO.
Jordana works for Austin Pets Alive (APA) and was nominated by her sister-in-law, Monette. In 2009, Jordana joined APA working as a medical technician under the organization’s executive director, Dr. Ellen Jefferson. “She managed the medical clinic, seeing and helping transform Austin into the largest ‘no-kill’ shelter in the country,” Monette says. During that time, APA developed groundbreaking programs such as the Parvo ICU, Ringworm Treatment Ward, and supported over 600 foster homes. Jordana was instrumental in all of these accomplishments.”
Fast forward to today, and Jordana is leading the charge in educating other shelters on how to increase their live release rates. APA was awarded a multimillion-dollar grant in 2017 by Maddie’s Fund to share methods with other shelters, and Jordana directs this mission as Maddie’s Medical Program Director. Monette says, “She has hosted hundreds of students in Austin and traveled to over 50 shelters across the U.S., helping them to increase their live release rates through progressive programming, effective protocols, and treating animals as individuals.”
Jordana says her goal is “to be as helpful as possible to everyone I come across. Our focus is to help animals in this work, but we have to always help people as well. If we can help people, we are helping animals, too.”
Jordana, thank you for saving countless furry companions and for positively impacting the world. We applaud you!