Oct 07, 2021
Right now is the final day for our Metropolis Council to resolve 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 Heart, is price using one acre of land at City Lake Animal Heart.
We consider No Kill must be entrance and heart in Austin.
We consider APA! ought to be stored within the coronary heart of Austin, displaying 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 house has been in negotiations for 5 years, holding up any progress we are able to make on really 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 unique 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 Heart have a method 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 price range in your entire 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 aside from parkland or an animal shelter beneath 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 converse up once more in the present day? We’d like you to write or name the council workplaces to allow them to know as soon as once more that you just consider in an equitable settlement that retains APA! within the coronary heart of Austin. We’d like all of you to achieve out to the council in the present day, even when you have known as or emailed earlier than. Right now’s choice will influence 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 have now simply acquired 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 data to share with you subsequent week about actions you’ll be able to take to assist APA’s future in Austin!