Mar 25, 2021
As we begin to see the sunshine of normalcy return with the discharge of COVID vaccines, we now have somewhat break from what has felt like back-to-back emergencies to share our plans for the long run at Austin Pets Alive!. Our board of administrators and government workers have been working laborious on creating and beginning to implement our 2021-2023 strategic plan.
This plan brings our mission sharply into focus. If you happen to want a refresher, our mission is to advertise and supply the sources, schooling, and applications wanted to get rid of the killing of companion animals. We acknowledge if we tighten our efforts, neglect what we all know as our “establishment” and actually drill down on all of the methods we, as a big lifesaving group, can bodily intervene within the deaths of shelter pets, we are able to truly discover much more methods to save lots of lives with what we now have and know. Our eyes are set on making Texas No Kill and we’re not stopping there.
After the latest snowstorm, we bought a style of what the animals are like who’re nonetheless dropping their lives in Texas as we madly transported greater than 1,000 of them to different cities that wished to assist. These are candy cuddly little kittens, small fluffy canines, labs, huskies and so many extra deserving lives that we all know from our expertise in Austin are among the many best to save lots of. One story particularly hit home–a candy little chihuahua combine named Hamilton in Laredo who was scheduled to be killed. He was scooped up for this transport and now’s joyful and protected in a house in Jackson Gap, WY! We had by no means thought we might save hundreds extra per yr till now, and canines like Hamilton deserve our brainstorming and reassessing in order that extra lives are saved.
Right here is a few meals for thought:
- It’s estimated that 150,000 animals are nonetheless needlessly dying in Texas shelters yearly.
- In most northern U.S. communities, there’s an overabundance of adopters, which is keenly felt by organizations which scramble to search out adoptable pets to fulfill demand.
- It prices a fraction of our whole per animal to function a distributor to shelters and rescues because it does to take all of them in and do all of the work ourselves earlier than adoption.
So why haven’t we transported out all alongside? During the last 12 years, we now have steered away from transport, besides throughout Hurricane Harvey after which just for non-Austin animals, as a result of Austin is the most secure group within the nation for pets. Sending pets from Austin to anyplace else is inherently extra harmful for them. Sadly, that considering has gotten in the best way of us taking a tough take a look at how we would be capable to assist pets nonetheless dying everywhere in the state. Whereas Austin is most secure, solely a tiny fraction of the 150,000 animals dropping their lives annually in Texas can get into Austin. If we begin to consider Austin as an alternative as a pit cease within the journey from one very harmful place in TX to a a lot much less harmful place within the north, even when that ultimate vacation spot will not be at Austin’s stage of No Kill expertise, we begin to open the door to creating Texas No Kill.
You could be considering, “However taking a few of your consideration off of Austin-only animals makes you much less efficient for Austin!” We imagine the other is true. We all know that if we’re in a position to save the plenty of Texas lives extra effectively, we are able to ourselves deal with saving the few that really want our specialised help extra successfully. By serving to extra cities cease killing, we assist extra animals be part of houses each in Austin and past. By fixing for the explanations animals die on a grander scale than simply our personal yard, Austin continues because the beacon of hope for different cities and states. By making certain that the cash entrusted to us to save lots of lives saves as many pets as attainable, we give each animal, regardless of its lineage, an equitable likelihood to not die in a shelter with out the good thing about somebody making an attempt to assist.
Transport is one small piece of our strategic future. We will probably be sharing much more within the coming weeks. Thanks for being on this journey with APA! as we proceed to push the lifesaving needle.