As you may know, the Austin City Council recently passed a resolution directing steps to be taken to move Austin to a “No Kill” city (more info here: http://www.austinpetsalive.org/2009/11/no-kill-resolution-passed-unanimously/) .
The Animal Advisory Commission and staff of Town Lake Animal Center are working together with the community to discuss ways to achieve this goal. The timeline includes weekly public meetings on various topics designed to generated a comprehensive set of recommendations to be presented to City Council in March.
The meetings started Monday November 30, and run for the next 9 weeks or so. Please see schedule and info below, and feel free to attend any or all. You do not have to speak at the meeting. The meetings take place at 6:30 pm at the Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road.
Love-A-Bull has expressed interest to the AAC and staff in being an integral partner in finding solutions to the issues involving pit bulls.
The AAC encourages all interested people/organizations to comment, make suggestions, or submit proposals on any of the AAC recommendations to make Austin a no kill city. That can be done one of these three ways:
- The first 10 persons to sign up to provide suggestions or comments will have 3 minutes.
- The first 10 individuals/organizations to sign up to present a proposal will have 6 minutes.
- Written responses may also be submitted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
Should you choose to present a proposal, it should address the following…
- Which AAC recommendation are you going to discuss?
- Brief description of your proposal or solution.
- What resources and/or expertise can you contribute to the solution that you are proposing?
- What is your expected measurable impact and timeline?
Here is the schedule
Nov 30th: AAC Recommendation III: Structural Changes to Enhance Lifesaving
- Revise mission of animal services
Dec 7th: AAC Recommendation I: Increase Live Outcomes
- Offsite adoptions
Dec 14th: AAC Recommendation I: Increase Live Outcomes
- Increased capacity for adoption make-ready, behavioral
- Empty kennel usage
- Davenport building use after shelter move
- Increased public awareness.
Dec 21st: AAC Recommendation I: Increase Live Outcomes
- Large scale foster program
Dec 28th: AAC Recommendation II: Decrease Shelter Intake
- Reduce euthanasia of owned animals
- Increased return to owners
- Increased owner awareness of possible euthanasia
- Increased owner safety net services
Jan 4th: AAC Recommendation II: Decrease Shelter Intake
- Reduce feral cat euthanasia
- Increased feral cat spay/neuter, increased community care, and increased re-release rates
Jan 11th: AAC Recommendation II: Decrease Shelter Intake
- High volume, free and low cost spay/neuter
- Increased services available to the community
Jan 18th: AAC Recommendation III: Structural Changes to Enhance Lifesaving
- Public involvement and candor
- Increased public relations on all aspects of sheltering
Jan 25th: AAC Recommendation III: Structural Changes to Enhance Lifesaving
- Explore outsourcing possibilities
- Increased community involvement to reduce costs and increase lifesaving
Feb 1st: Finalize draft of implementation plan.
In compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, all agendas will be posted through the City Clerk’s office.