Oct 07, 2021
As we speak is the final day for our Metropolis Council to determine if the work we do for the Metropolis of Austin, holding it a No Kill metropolis by taking all animals who can be euthanized on the Austin Animal Middle, is price using one acre of land at City Lake Animal Middle.
We imagine No Kill must be entrance and heart in Austin.
We imagine APA! needs to be saved within the coronary heart of Austin, displaying each different metropolis in our nation that eliminating the killing of pets in our shelter is vital to our metropolis, our metropolis council, and to each Austinite.
As you recognize, our settlement to make use of that area has been in negotiations for 5 years, holding up any progress we will make on really rebuilding there.
On the coronary heart of the difficulty is the extreme discount within the land that has been allotted to APA! from the council’s unique intention of three.5 acres right down to only one acre. It doesn’t matter what, we’re shedding greater than ⅔ of the land we presently occupy. We’re asking for a good settlement that places Austin first by making certain that pets slated for euthanasia at Austin Animal Middle have a means out alive. With out APA!’s assist, town would solely be saving 4 out of 5 animals (about 80%) that enter 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 very best finances in all the nation (per animal and per capita) however nonetheless expects APA! to do a big proportion of their work for no financial compensation, solely a bit of land that has been diminished severely, and that can not be used for something apart 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 the moment? We want you to put in writing or name the council workplaces to allow them to know as soon as once more that you just imagine in an equitable settlement that retains APA! within the coronary heart of Austin. We want all of you to succeed in out to the council at the moment, even when you’ve got known as or emailed earlier than. As we speak’s choice will impression the way forward for APA! and No Kill in Austin for many years to come back 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 imagine this nonetheless offers us sufficient time earlier than our settlement terminates on November twenty third to succeed in an settlement and are grateful to the council and our supporters for prioritizing our life saving work. We imagine we are going to hear extra vital data to share with you subsequent week about actions you’ll be able to take to assist APA’s future in Austin!