Austin No-Kill in Jeopardy: Weekend-Long Adoption Special

by melissa • Posted in: Adoptions, Awareness/ PR, Events, Pets Needing Homes

For the first time since February 2011, the Austin Animal Center (AAC) faces euthanizing dogs simply because there is not enough room to house them, as the City of Austin has seen a dramatic increase in the number of adult dogs turned in to the new shelter in East Austin.

While APA! now runs the old Town Lake Animal Shelter and we have taken 40 adult dogs from AAC over the last two weeks, both facilities have seen fewer adult dog adopters in recent weeks. To catch up with the increased intake, APA and AAC need to see a combined 100 dogs over four months old get adopted before next Monday.

To help save lives, we’re hosting an adoption drive in conjunction with AAC starting today through Monday, December 12. Adoption fees will be $3.50 for all dogs over 35 pounds and all dogs over the age of 35 dog years (5 years of age) at all locations (don’t forget our new Town Lake Animal Center adoption site!).

If you’re looking to bring a new family member into your life for the holidays, now is the perfect time. Help keep Austin no-kill!

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7 Responses to "Austin No-Kill in Jeopardy: Weekend-Long Adoption Special"

  1. Michelle Carlinsays: December 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I have passed this along to everybody and anybody I can think of. I have also asked my apartment complex to waive pet fees through the end of the month to make it easier on tenants to save lives. Thanks for all that you do!!!

  2. Michelle Carlinsays: December 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Bradford Pointe Apartments in North Austin has agreed to cut pet fees in half for all new and existing residents during the month of December.

  3. Zora Arnoldsays: December 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome!

    I asked my apartment complex (Ion at East End) via facebook today if they would lower their prices, too. No word yet, but I’m not giving up!

  4. jeff cowinsays: December 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Okay folks, when is everyone going to wake up. There are more pets than homes. Offering free or low cost adoptions.. are you giving these pets a loving home or are you creating a ‘hoaring situation’. Pay attention here to what is really going on.

  5. austinpetsalivesays: December 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Jeff, approximately 75,000 new pets are acquired every year in the Austin area, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. 20,000 are going through our shelter system. We don’t believe that there are more pets than homes, but rather that we need to do a better job of convincing people to adopt rather than buy their next pet.

  6. Sharon Lawrencesays: December 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    According to the 2010 Census, 33.1 percent of Americans live in rental housing (that’s roughly 100 million people). In Texas, however, the figure is 35.3 percent, a percentage that climbs to 46.7 percent for Travis County and 53.5 percent for the City of Austin (441,240 and 354,241 total housing units respectively). Of those Travis County renters, 39.6 percent are in multi-unit structures (i.e., more than 2 units in the structure); 47.0 percent of Austin renters are in similar multi-unit structures.

    Why are those figures important?

    They are important because a great deal of rental housing simply is unavailable to anyone with pets. Take a look at rental housing ads, especially for private homes and see how many say “No Pets.” Others have breed restrictions or limits on the number of pets (almost always 2) a renter may have in the unit, regardless of the size of the unit, the type/size of pet, or the background of the pet guardian.

    In other instances, pets are acceptable but with the requirement that the renter pay a steep per pet deposit (e.g., $200 – $600) of which half or more is non-refundable. That’s on top of the security deposit for other general non-pet damages (although that deposit would cover damages of any source, including those caused by pets) and perhaps both the first month’s and the last month’s rent. A monthly “pet rent” (e.g., $10 – $30) may be imposed as well.

    If one dares violate any lease provision on pet ownership, the penalties are harsh (e.g., $100 per violation and $10 per day until the animal is removed and/or eviction). These penalties apply for just having an animal without paying the deposit; owners need not see any damage or have any reason to believe that damage to their property has or will occur. They simply can impose huge financial penalties for the presence of an animal in the absence of a deposit.

    Given these barriers and financial burdens, thousands of Travis County residents are ready, willing, but simply not able to adopt a companion animal. If just 10 percent of the people living in multi-family rental housing in the City of Austin want to adopt but don’t because of these restrictions, that’s 8,907 potential but unrealized pet homes (total housing units x percentage in rental housing x percentage in multi-family units x 10 percent), and that figure only assumes one pet per household!

    Obviously, do something about these housing impediments and “No Kill” becomes “No Problem.”

  7. Anita Hurleysays: December 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I live in Kitchener Ontario, I myself have been helping the poor unfortunate animals, I say to all Give all you can, no matter how large or small amounts, it does add up. Bless you all in advance for your giving
    Anita