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Austin Pets Alive! | Fostering in Austin


Aug 23, 2021

Not too long ago we have been fortunate to have a tremendous group from the UT Austin McCombs College of Enterprise examine what the capability for individuals to foster animals in Austin actually appears to be like like, by evaluating present census information to widespread developments amongst our [hundreds] of fantastic volunteers at present fostering APA! animals.

What many individuals don’t know is that there’s a complete machine of coordination and assist behind any shelters with sturdy foster applications for homeless pets. The excellent news is that this machine is totally doable to construct in any group and nurture to increase the flexibility to save lots of the lives of companion animals susceptible to euthanasia. And, because of this examine, we have now much more certainty on what we suspected to be an enormous alternative for brand new fosters in Austin.

First, Who precisely fosters?

The examine matched energetic APA! foster mother and father’ demographics with Austin district census and survey information. Based mostly on the variety of present APA! fosters in every zip code, these ages 18-34, with out pets, nearer to the animal shelter and renters/single occupants usually tend to foster (each canine and cats).

When these variables have been in contrast with the census in the identical zip codes, a possible 433 potential canine fosters and 498 potential cat fosters have been recognized! And that quantity might multiply if the households foster multiple animal in want.

Why do they foster?

The examine additionally analyzed the demographic information of APA!’s present fosters to search out the highest 5 causes for fostering:

  • New time and bandwidth
  • Not prepared for a long-term dedication (adopting)
  • Love of animals/grew up with animals
  • Want to assist animals
  • Trial for future adoption

Based mostly on this data, we’re extra educated than ever on who potential fosters are. And any metropolis might pair these commonalities with their communities, plus greatest practices for constructing and sustaining a foster program [ampa resource link here] and we’d be taking a look at metropolis by metropolis fixing a serious portion of generally being too under-resourced to save lots of sufficient lives – by discovering new sources outdoors of the shelter and into the group by way of foster properties.

Thanks to the McCombs College of Enterprise group: Anurag Peddaiahgari, Drake Sides, Haoshu Yuwen, Nicholas Hill, Nicholas Solorzano, and Sandesh Kakade, for shining new mild on the potential of fostering animals in Austin!

For these of you not but fostering in Austin and are prepared to hitch this lifesaving community, please electronic mail [email protected].

Sources: Merely Analytics/Census and APA! fosters information


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