Today’s vote

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Awareness/ PR

We did it.  Council voted 7-0 today for the no kill plan.  Huge thanks are due to Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez and Council Member Laura Morrison for their leadership to get us to this point.  And Council members who are all supportive of making Austin no kill are also to be commended.

You’ve likely already seen news coverage of today’s vote, but just in case, here are some links:

If you’d like to see the meeting (it was so great!), you can watch it online:

You have to click the tab “City Council”
Then click on the “Video” link (far right) for the City Council meeting on March 11th.

You’ll see the meeting broken out into the different items on the right. The no kill plan was item 21. Click on that item to just see that part.

And some more great news: Our rescue coordinators went to TLAC tonight to evaluate the pets on tonight’s euth list.  But tonight, there was no euth list.

Of course, we can’t become a no-kill community overnight (it’s not like TLAC was just choosing to kill pets all of these years).  The no kill plan will build new programs and enhance existing programs that will get us to no kill in 18-24 months and it’s going to take a lot of hard work.

But we love the symbol that TLAC management has shown our community after the historic vote today – that good changes are coming.  We are so appreciative of TLAC’s management and City Staff for all of the hard work they’ve put into the no kill plan with the AAC.  Let’s support them now – Please tell your friends that there are some great pets at TLAC who are waiting to be adopted!

We look forward to taking our partnership with them to the next level.  Part of the no kill plan is to outsource the adoptions to a nonprofit.  The city will go through a formal procurement process and will be issuing a Request For Proposals, and you can be sure that we’ll be submitting ours.

Thank you so much for all of the letters, joining the Coalition, and coming out to the meetings. The community played such an important part of this plan coming to fruition. YOU are what made this happen.

7 Responses to "Today’s vote"

  1. Nancy Goodmansays: March 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Huge thanks to the APA! folks and all of the other rescue groups that worked so hard to get this through the City Council!!!!!!!!!!!! More work to come I know but a job well done!!!!!!!!!

  2. Deborah Goldsteinsays: March 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Kudos to all of you who worked so hard to make this happen! I was there in 1997, when APA! first started on this road … and am thankful it has finally reached this point!

  3. Laura Labaysays: May 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Making Austin a No-Kill City is a huge step in the right direction. All of our loving Four Pawed citizen’s who have no voice, thank each and everyone of the hardworking individual’s that have in no small way just saved thousands of lives. As beings with a voice we each need to continue to speak out against the over-population problem and work towards increased funding for spaying and neutering.