Oct 06, 2021
There may be in the future left earlier than we all know whether or not town council has taken motion on our APA! Decision by including it to the following metropolis council assembly agenda.
What retains rising to the highest of criticism of our decision from council places of work is that they don’t perceive why Austin Pets Alive! ought to be allowed to assist communities exterior of the larger Austin metro space. They see and listen to about animals having lengthy lengths of keep at Austin Animal Heart(AAC) and the kennels being overcrowded there. Some imagine that Austin Pets Alive!’s major operate, along with conserving Austin a No Kill Metropolis, ought to be to alleviate the strain at Austin Animal Heart for town employees. Some additionally imagine that Austin Pets Alive!’s observe of serving to animals exterior of Austin is definitely inflicting the overcrowding at Austin Animal Heart.
The issue with this line of considering is that “relieving strain” isn’t one thing the Metropolis of Austin compensates APA! to do neither is it in step with our mission. APA! has used the City Lake Animal Heart for the final 10 years to maintain Austin No Kill by pulling animals from Austin Animal Heart who will die if we don’t. Town council has awarded Austin Animal Heart with sufficient funding to alleviate their very own strain.
So then why is Austin Animal Heart always crowded?
It’s as a result of Austin metropolis management has given little credence to analysis and knowledge that clearly reveals that Austin has, and has all the time had, greater than sufficient adopters to soak up each single animal at Austin Animal Heart AND to undertake each single animal that will get assist from APA!, Austin Humane Society and the tons of of rescue teams who absorb animals from throughout the state.
We imagine that the explanation that credence isn’t given is that it’s a lot simpler to say “there usually are not sufficient adopters,” which means that growing adoptions is exterior the management of the shelter director and reinforces poor efficiency.
We imagine it’s incumbent on us as shelter professionals, and we embody Austin Animal Heart management in that, to take a look at knowledge when making any resolution. We thought, however now understand we is perhaps mistaken, that town supervisor and town council additionally used knowledge to drive selections. If AAC management, and metropolis council members, did that, they’d be capable to say “I see an issue with too many animals residing at AAC at one time” after which join that to the considered “what can I do to make this higher”. We’ve stated it earlier than however it’s price repeating: adoptions don’t simply occur. They’re the results of assets, time, and strategic planning to make sure that the animals housed at AAC are getting alternatives to satisfy individuals and to be seen.
To place it in perspective, during the last 5 years, town has elevated Austin Animal Heart’s price range by $1M per 12 months. Tellingly, each single class of programming has benefited from that elevated funding EXCEPT “Pet Placement/ Pet Outcomes” which truly fell by 30% in budgeted monies. Why isn’t anybody in management, at any stage, inspecting and correcting that as an alternative of strongarming APA! into making up for it?
Austin Pets Alive! has by no means been fascinated by being the Metropolis of Austin’s “overflow” for a system that lacks oversight, lacks important considering, and continues to make poor selections and we’re standing by our mission to avoid wasting lives.
As particular person residents and as a non-public nonprofit, we’ve requested and requested for the federal government animal shelter to be run properly as a result of it’s critically vital to Austin’s animals and to APA!. That has not labored. We hope this ultimate try and get up our metropolis council will work and we, in partnership with the Metropolis of Austin, can lastly deal with ahead momentum. To maintain the assist robust by this ultimate day of metropolis council consideration, please preserve emailing to precise your assist for the APA! decision.
Even when you have already got despatched an e mail, we have to preserve the message high of thoughts. Thanks!