Austin’s Progress

In November 2009, City Council passed a resolution directing city staff to work with Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission to develop an implementation plan by March 2010 of the Commission’s recommendations to make Austin a no kill community. A no kill community saves 90% of the animals that enter the shelter.

On March 11, 2010, City Council unanimously passed the plan.

Since then, the Austin community has made huge strides in the no-kill movement, becoming the largest no-kill city in the country within less than a year of the plan. 

February 2015 marks four years of Austin’s no kill status. Austin Pets Alive! has played a critical role in achieving this status by developing innovative and comprehensive programs that  serve key demographics of animals typically euthanized in a shelter setting (for example, large dogs that need behavior support, unweaned kittens, puppies with parvovirus and cats with ringworm).

Austin Pets Alive! has saved more than 30,000 cats and dogs from euthanasia and our numbers continue to rise.

Austin’s Progress
Number of Animals Rescued by APA! from Austin Animal Center Actual AAC Live Release Rate AAC Live Release Rate Without APA!
FY2007 0 45% 45%
FY2008 457 55% 53%
FY2009 1783 69% 60%
FY2010 2974 73% 60%
FY2011 2764 89% 73%
FY2012 4113 95% 70%
FY2013 3501 92% 74%
FY2014 3421 94% 75%
FY2015 3265 91% 73%

Austin Animal Center officially reached the 90% live release rate in February 2011. The 2011 Live Release Rate is listed as 89% due to Oct-Jan of FY 2011.

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