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Austin Pets Alive! | The Way forward for Transport

Mar 25, 2021

As we begin to see the sunshine of normalcy return with the discharge of COVID vaccines, we’ve got a bit of break from what has felt like back-to-back emergencies to share our plans for the longer term at Austin Pets Alive!. Our board of administrators and government workers have been working onerous on creating and beginning to implement our 2021-2023 strategic plan.

This plan brings our mission sharply into focus. If you happen to want a refresher, our mission is to advertise and supply the sources, schooling, and packages wanted to eradicate the killing of companion animals. We acknowledge if we tighten our efforts, neglect what we all know as our “established order” and actually drill down on all of the methods we, as a big lifesaving group, can bodily intervene within the deaths of shelter pets, we will truly discover much more methods to avoid wasting lives with what we’ve got and know. Our eyes are set on making Texas No Kill and we’re not stopping there.

After the current snowstorm, we acquired a style of what the animals are like who’re nonetheless dropping their lives in Texas as we madly transported greater than 1,000 of them to different cities that needed to assist. These are candy cuddly little kittens, small fluffy canine, labs, huskies and so many extra deserving lives that we all know from our expertise in Austin are among the many best to avoid wasting. One story specifically hit home–a candy little chihuahua combine named Hamilton in Laredo who was scheduled to be killed. He was scooped up for this transport and now could be completely satisfied and protected in a house in Jackson Gap, WY! We had by no means thought we may save hundreds extra per 12 months till now, and canine like Hamilton deserve our brainstorming and reassessing in order that extra lives are saved.

Right here is a few meals for thought:

  • It’s estimated that 150,000 animals are nonetheless needlessly dying in Texas shelters yearly.
  • In most northern U.S. communities, there may be an overabundance of adopters, which is keenly felt by organizations which scramble to seek out adoptable pets to fulfill demand.
  • It prices a fraction of our complete per animal to function a distributor to shelters and rescues because it does to take all of them in and do all of the work ourselves earlier than adoption.

So why haven’t we transported out all alongside? Over the past 12 years, we’ve got steered away from transport, besides throughout Hurricane Harvey after which just for non-Austin animals, as a result of Austin is the most secure group within the nation for pets. Sending pets from Austin to anyplace else is inherently extra harmful for them. Sadly, that considering has gotten in the way in which of us taking a tough have a look at how we’d have the ability to assist pets nonetheless dying everywhere in the state. Whereas Austin is most secure, solely a tiny fraction of the 150,000 animals dropping their lives annually in Texas can get into Austin. If we begin to think about Austin as a substitute as a pit cease within the journey from one very harmful place in TX to a a lot much less harmful place within the north, even when that remaining vacation spot isn’t at Austin’s degree of No Kill expertise, we begin to open the door to creating Texas No Kill.

You is perhaps considering, “However taking a few of your consideration off of Austin-only animals makes you much less efficient for Austin!” We imagine the other is true. We all know that if we’re capable of save the plenty of Texas lives extra effectively, we will ourselves deal with saving the few that actually want our specialised help extra successfully. By serving to extra cities cease killing, we assist extra animals be part of houses each in Austin and past. By fixing for the explanations animals die on a grander scale than simply our personal yard, Austin continues because the beacon of hope for different cities and states. By guaranteeing that the cash entrusted to us to avoid wasting lives saves as many pets as potential, we give each animal, regardless of its lineage, an equitable likelihood to not die in a shelter with out the good thing about somebody making an attempt to assist.

Transport is one small piece of our strategic future. We can be sharing much more within the coming weeks. Thanks for being on this journey with APA! as we proceed to push the lifesaving needle.

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