Aug 24, 2021
In 2017, the Austin Metropolis Council handed a decision that APA! may keep on the City Lake Animal Middle (TLAC) property for 3 25-year agreements (75 years!). Metropolis employees and APA! have been directed to barter and execute an settlement over the following three years.
Since then, APA!, with the wonderful assist of our pro-bono attorneys at Drenner Group, and the Metropolis has been in intense negotiations, leading to two emergency extensions to permit either side extra time to come back to a consensus. This has confirmed very tough and our precise future is unknown. We need to just remember to, as a valued APA! accomplice, are being introduced alongside extra totally as this unfolds and a remaining determination is reached within the months forward. What’s essential so that you can know at this time is that it’s not possible for APA! to function with the TLAC facility service settlement at the moment in place, and because of the state of our facility, we’ve no selection however to both renegotiate these phrases or discover a new facility. We wish you to pay attention to this as we proceed to work with the Metropolis of Austin to find out our future within the months forward.
I’m certain you might be asking: why can’t you simply hold your present phrases? The highest-line reply to that’s that it’s difficult. The problems contain necessities across the parkland that TLAC sits upon, the campus buildings in varied phases of disrepair, the Metropolis’s Lamar Seaside Grasp Plan, operations at each Austin Animal Middle and APA!, and our imaginative and prescient for the way forward for No Kill. It’s an excessive amount of to pack into one letter. In an effort to maintain you knowledgeable however not overwhelmed, we will probably be sharing this data in items over the following few weeks. We welcome your questions and ideas as you hear our plans unfold.
Once we began APA!, our aim was to make Austin a sustainable, No Kill metropolis. We envisioned a spot the place all pets can be actually secure from dying and the place euthanasia as a result of house and cut-off dates would now not exist. Now, greater than a decade and practically 100,000 lives saved later, we’ve succeeded in fulfilling that mission year-over-year, making Austin the most secure place in America for misplaced and homeless pets, and spreading that territory into the remainder of Texas. This is not going to change, irrespective of the end result of our relationship with the Metropolis.
As we’re sustained fully on donations and rely closely on fosters and volunteers, we may by no means have achieved making, and preserving, Austin No Kill with out your tireless assist. Your ongoing funding has helped us rework Austin and present the world what it seems like when a neighborhood comes collectively to work in direction of one aim. Each greenback you’ve given, each hour you’ve spent volunteering, and each pet you’ve fostered or adopted have resulted in what has come to look regular however is really extraordinary.
Ellen Jefferson, DVM
President and CEO
Austin Pets Alive!/American Pets Alive!