Just as you help us every day by fostering, adopting, volunteering, and donating to find homes for animals, we really need you to act now so APA! can land safely and continue our important work with as few interruptions as possible.
We have received word that our item DID make it on the agenda for the November 4th city council meeting and we are officially item #38. The resolution is very good overall as it clearly removes the restriction that would prevent us from saving the lives of those on death row all over our state while also maintaining that Austin’s No Kill status is first and foremost. As you may recall, this is important because there are no other city contracts (that we are aware of) that limit the mission and scope of a nonprofit that provides a distinct service to the city. It’s also important because our mission is to eliminate the killing of shelter animals and we can’t do that if our work is artificially restricted.
We are grateful the resolution also directs staff to negotiate with APA! regarding the percentage of animals we are responsible for pulling from the city shelter and clearly indicates those animals should be based on those at risk of euthanasia. This has always been the intent of our partnership with the City and we are eager to ensure our contract reflects that.
We are committed to working with the city, and each of you, into the future to ensure there are checks and balances in place to institutionalize live outcomes and progress for decades to come. Given the fact that AAC has the nation’s largest animal services budget per capita, it is truly time to establish best practices and hold ourselves to a higher standard; a standard expected by our tax-payers. We know that a fair and equitable agreement between APA and the City of Austin is the first step towards achieving this goal and making No Kill a priority in our city.
We are incredibly grateful to the co-sponsors for their leadership: Mayor Adler, Leslie Pool, Ann Kitchen, Greg Casar and Vanessa Fuentes. We recognize how much work has gone into resolving this important issue and we are grateful they have worked so hard to ensure it is placed on the agenda.
Thank you for being here for the animals, all the animals, and ensuring that APA! continues to keep Austin No Kill.
Dr. Ellen Jefferson