Oct 07, 2021
In the present day is the final day for our Metropolis Council to determine if the work we do for the Metropolis of Austin, retaining it a No Kill metropolis by taking all animals who could be euthanized on the Austin Animal Middle, is price using one acre of land at City Lake Animal Middle.
We consider No Kill must be entrance and middle in Austin.
We consider APA! must be stored within the coronary heart of Austin, exhibiting each different metropolis in our nation that eliminating the killing of pets in our shelter is essential to our metropolis, our metropolis council, and to each Austinite.
As you realize, our settlement to make use of that area has been in negotiations for 5 years, holding up any progress we will make on truly rebuilding there.
On the coronary heart of the problem is the extreme discount within the land that has been allotted to APA! from the council’s authentic intention of three.5 acres all the way down to only one acre. It doesn’t matter what, we’re dropping greater than ⅔ of the land we at present occupy. We’re asking for a good settlement that places Austin first by guaranteeing that pets slated for euthanasia at Austin Animal Middle have a manner out alive. With out APA!’s assist, the town would solely be saving 4 out of 5 animals (about 80%) that enter the town shelter.
We’re asking that our metropolis additionally create a sustainability plan as a result of it’s unacceptable that our metropolis animal shelter has the best funds in all the nation (per animal and per capita) however nonetheless expects APA! to do a big share of their work for no financial compensation, solely a bit of land that has been lowered severely, and that can not be used for something aside from parkland or an animal shelter below state regulation. As well as, the Metropolis of Austin requires that APA! pay 100% of all constructing and demolition prices for a brand new facility on that land.
Will you communicate up once more at present? We want you to write or call the council offices to allow them to know as soon as once more that you simply consider in an equitable settlement that retains APA! within the coronary heart of Austin. We want all of you to achieve out to the council at present, even you probably have referred to as or emailed earlier than. In the present day’s resolution will affect the way forward for APA! and No Kill in Austin for many years to return and we’re relying on you to talk up.
Thanks for advocating on behalf of Austin Pets Alive! We’ve simply obtained phrase that Austin Metropolis Council is planning to vote on the APA! decision on November 4th.
We consider this nonetheless offers us sufficient time earlier than our settlement terminates on November twenty third to achieve an settlement and are grateful to the council and our supporters for prioritizing our life saving work. We consider we’ll hear extra vital info to share with you subsequent week about actions you’ll be able to take to assist APA’s future in Austin!