Three years ago, Austin Pets Alive! set a goal of making Austin a no-kill city and we never once doubted that, of all cities, Austin would be able to do it. Yesterday, TLAC announced that in the month of February their Live Outcome rate was 92%. The No-Kill goal is 90% so not only did Austin reach No-Kill, we passed it! We have been so impressed by the efforts of TLAC staff to increase adoptions, improve their capabilities, and decrease intake since the no-kill ordinance was passed. This achievement is a sign that a no-kill city IS possible, but we must remain persistent to ensure that it remains no matter the month or year.
One month of No-Kill doesn't mean we've finished the race but we're sure glad to see a no-kill shelter director, Abigail Smith, come to TLAC to continue working on making sure that Austin STAYS No-Kill.
We're also proud to have been such a major part of this incredible achievement. APA! received the breakdown of transfer to rescues today and we transferred 149 pets into our program from TLAC. 102 were transferred to all other rescues combined. Our hard work and innovative approach to adoption is clearly making a huge difference in the lives of Austin's homeless pets!
Congratulations are owed to everyone. Every volunteer, foster, donor, every other rescue group and anyone who simply supported the No-Kill goal. All of you made this happen!