Today was a giant step forward for the animals of Austin- and all of those around the country too. Two historic measures took place that now institutionalize saving lives. Probably the most important thing that the No Kill Movement, driven by the will of pet lovers everywhere, must do is eradicate the broken institution of catching and then killing pets in “shelters” - a practice and policy that has existed for over 100 years. Every government funded shelter in America knows how to catch and kill because it is codified in their laws at the local level, state level and federal level. Now Austin is breaking that cycle and making city mandated rules that mean lifesaving is now the institutionalized way of dealing with homeless pets.
Two incredibly important sections of the ordinance now mean:
We, at Austin Pets Alive!, believe that the vote today is another example of the amazing leadership we see at our City Council and we are especially grateful to Council Members Leslie Pool and Ann Kitchen, as well as their co-sponsors Mayor Adler and Council Member Kathie Tovo, who took the lead on pushing for a sustainable, measurable No Kill Austin. We also thank Council Members Alter, Casar, Ellis, Flannigan, and Garza who voted yes.
With gratitude and eyes on the future,