Oct 07, 2021
Right this moment is the final day for our Metropolis Council to resolve if the work we do for the Metropolis of Austin, maintaining it a No Kill metropolis by taking all animals who could be euthanized on the Austin Animal Heart, is value using one acre of land at City Lake Animal Heart.
We imagine No Kill must be entrance and middle in Austin.
We imagine APA! must be stored within the coronary heart of Austin, displaying each different metropolis in our nation that eliminating the killing of pets in our shelter is essential to our metropolis, our metropolis council, and to each Austinite.
As you understand, our settlement to make use of that house has been in negotiations for 5 years, holding up any progress we will make on truly rebuilding there.
On the coronary heart of the problem is the extreme discount within the land that has been allotted to APA! from the council’s authentic intention of three.5 acres all the way down to only one acre. It doesn’t matter what, we’re shedding greater than ⅔ of the land we at present occupy. We’re asking for a good settlement that places Austin first by making certain that pets slated for euthanasia at Austin Animal Heart have a approach out alive. With out APA!’s help, town would solely be saving 4 out of 5 animals (about 80%) that enter town shelter.
We’re asking that our metropolis additionally create a sustainability plan as a result of it’s unacceptable that our metropolis animal shelter has the best funds in all the nation (per animal and per capita) however nonetheless expects APA! to do a big proportion of their work for no financial compensation, solely a chunk of land that has been decreased severely, and that can not be used for something apart from parkland or an animal shelter beneath state regulation. As well as, the Metropolis of Austin requires that APA! pay 100% of all constructing and demolition prices for a brand new facility on that land.
Will you converse up once more right this moment? We want you to write or name the council places of work to allow them to know as soon as once more that you just imagine in an equitable settlement that retains APA! within the coronary heart of Austin. We want all of you to achieve out to the council right this moment, even if in case you have known as or emailed earlier than. Right this moment’s determination will affect the way forward for APA! and No Kill in Austin for many years to return and we’re relying on you to talk up.
Thanks for advocating on behalf of Austin Pets Alive! Now we have simply acquired phrase that Austin Metropolis Council is planning to vote on the APA! decision on November 4th.
We imagine this nonetheless offers us sufficient time earlier than our settlement terminates on November twenty third to achieve an settlement and are grateful to the council and our supporters for prioritizing our life saving work. We imagine we’ll hear extra vital info to share with you subsequent week about actions you may take to help APA’s future in Austin!