Aug 17, 2021
You’re seemingly effectively conscious of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the rising eviction disaster, which threatens to displace tens of millions of Individuals from their houses.
Evictions are on observe to be the primary motive cats and canine enter the general public shelter in Austin. Based mostly on our Pet Eviction Calculator, in Travis County alone a whopping 37,340 pets are at excessive threat of eviction.
If these evictions span the course of 60-90 days, as is anticipated, our shelters will likely be overwhelmed. The shelters are usually not in a position to take in even a fraction of this variety of displaced pets, with out invoking mass euthanasia. We’d like your assist to forestall the mindless lack of animals’ lives.
Individuals are already giving up their animals in anticipation of being evicted, and with the federal eviction moratorium expiring on October 3 we’ve a really quick window to behave and stop disaster.
There are two actions we’re asking of Austinites right this moment:
- Name and e-mail the council members and town supervisor to make sure that animal welfare management is on the desk whereas options to mass evictions are being mentioned. It’s vital that our authorities, particularly right here in Austin, doesn’t overlook how a lot pets imply to our residents. To maintain human-animal households collectively, we should plan now. This implies guaranteeing transitional housing is pet inclusive, figuring out momentary boarding choices at Austin Animal Middle for folks being evicted, and offering assets and assist to pet homeowners to assist them maintain their beloved relations.
If you attain out, please say or write that we want actual options for the entire household, together with pets, and animal welfare management should play a key position within the metropolis’s eviction response.
- Get entangled. If you wish to assist a pet proprietor dealing with eviction or different monetary disaster, be a part of our efforts on the Austin Pets Alive! Optimistic Options to Shelter Give up (P.A.S.S.) Fb web page. This web page is about as much as assist pet homeowners who need assistance paying pet hire deposits or medical payments, who want to rehome their pet with out shelter give up, and who want momentary security internet foster caregivers. We’d like good Samaritans to hitch as we put together for a lot of extra folks in want. One other means you will get concerned is to remain tuned to your Nextdoor app and provide to assist a neighbor in want—you may proactively put the message out or you may wait till somebody posts a couple of want.
You’ll have heard Austin Pets Alive! championing the Human Animal Assist Companies (HASS) mannequin that turns industry-facing, shelter-based Animal Companies into outward-facing, community-centered Human Animal Assist Companies.
This basic reimagining of Animal Companies addresses the foundation causes of animal shelter consumption, so as to serve extra pets of their communities and houses and to cut back the variety of pets getting into the shelter system. HASS accomplice shelters throughout the nation are making ready for the eviction disaster by increasing community-based sheltering choices, like momentary security internet fostering applications, proper now. You possibly can learn extra about HASS’s instruments and assets for conserving households collectively by the eviction disaster right here.
Now we have two selections within the face of this catastrophic looming eviction disaster: let it occur and bemoan the mindless waste of pet life, or do one thing about it. I hope you’ll be a part of APA! and do one thing about it, beginning right this moment.