AUSTIN, Texas – When it comes to animals, for years Austin has been recognized and known for its status as a No-Kill City.
âNo-kill is incredibly important to people, it’s something our city is very proud of and we should be doing it,â said Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive.
An example of this cause would be Sapphire, which was recently hit by a car. âSapphire was a euthanasia list animal, we’ll take them, we’ve always done it,â Jefferson said.
But the APA said the reputation for non-assassination was now on the line and their land deal with the city was due to expire on November 23.
âAll animals entering the AAC, 95% of them have to come out alive, which is mandated by city council. But we are the only mechanism that keeps that number so high,â Jefferson said. “If we don’t have a documented agreement, there is no guarantee that over the next 75 years we will be able to maintain the no-kill.”
The organization said they should also move to another location. “There are no kennel properties that can be used for what we’re trying to use it for, and there is no place in downtown Austin where you can build these kennels,” a- she declared.
The Austin Animal Center said the city’s no-slaughter status was not in jeopardy. He says they currently exceed the 95 percent survival rate, with a 97 percent live exit rate. He sent FOX 7 Austin this statement:
âNationally, a city can claim to be a No Kill community if it can maintain a live exit rate of 90% or better. The Austin Animal Center is mandated by city council to achieve a 95% live exit rate, and last month reported a 97.5% live exit rate. The City appreciates its partnership with APA! and negotiated to ensure that the City’s investment in taxpayer dollars is focused on supporting animals found within City jurisdiction. The City is committed to maintaining No Kill status and will continue to do so regardless of the outcome of negotiations. “
Austin Pets Alive wants something on paper to confirm that Austin will remain harmless for decades to come. “If city council wants us to stay here and wants the non-elimination agreement in place for the next 75 years, we have no choice but to ask them to act,” Jefferson said. .
Leslie Pool expressed support for finding a solution. She sent a statement to Fox 7 Austin that said:
Austin is a city committed to no-kill, with communities across the country looking to our policies and partnerships as a model to make no-kill work. Austin Pets Alive! Is a critical partner in this effort, and I am committed to working with our municipal and APA staff! to ensure a healthy relationship that will last long into the future. â
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