Oct 07, 2021
Immediately is the final day for our Metropolis Council to resolve if the work we do for the Metropolis of Austin, conserving it a No Kill metropolis by taking all animals who can be euthanized on the Austin Animal Middle, is price the usage of one acre of land at City Lake Animal Middle.
We consider No Kill must be entrance and middle in Austin.
We consider APA! ought to be stored within the coronary heart of Austin, exhibiting 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 already know, our settlement to make use of that area has been in negotiations for 5 years, holding up any progress we are able to make on truly rebuilding there.
On the coronary heart of the difficulty 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 dropping greater than ⅔ of the land we at the moment occupy. We’re asking for a good settlement that places Austin first by guaranteeing that pets slated for euthanasia at Austin Animal Middle have a approach out alive. With out APA!’s assist, the town would solely be saving 4 out of 5 animals (about 80%) that enter the 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 price range in your entire 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 lowered severely, and that can’t be used for something aside from parkland or an animal shelter underneath state legislation. 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 communicate up once more at the moment? We’d like you to write or name the council places of work to allow them to know as soon as once more that you just consider in an equitable settlement that retains APA! within the coronary heart of Austin. We’d like all of you to succeed in out to the council at the moment, even if in case you have referred to as or emailed earlier than. Immediately’s choice will influence the way forward for APA! and No Kill in Austin for many years to come back and we’re relying on you to talk up.
Thanks for advocating on behalf of Austin Pets Alive! Now we have simply obtained phrase that Austin Metropolis Council is planning to vote on the APA! decision on November 4th.
We consider this nonetheless provides us sufficient time earlier than our settlement terminates on November twenty third to succeed in an settlement and are grateful to the council and our supporters for prioritizing our life saving work. We consider we’ll hear extra important info to share with you subsequent week about actions you possibly can take to assist APA’s future in Austin!