Tag Archives: Austin Animal Shelter

Thursday, July 22, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Animal Advisory Commission looks to reform operations at city shelter

At last week’s meeting of the Animal Advisory Commission, commissioners voted to form a working group aimed at addressing the ongoing capacity crisis at the Austin Animal Center. The move came after Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland sent a…

Friday, July 16, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Austin Animal Center contemplates ‘notifications for possible euthanasia’

In a memo last month, Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland updated City Council and Mayor Steve Adler about the ongoing capacity issues at the Austin Animal Center. The memo included a few lines that made animal lovers around the…

Friday, June 18, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Austin Animal Center continues to struggle with capacity

Earlier this week at the Animal Advisory Commission’s monthly meeting, commissioners discussed the reopening process of the Austin Animal Center as the risk of coronavirus continues to decline locally. In recent months, the shelter has been running out of kennel space for…

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 by Sumaiya Malik, Reporting Texas

Austin Pets Alive! provides neonatal care for kittens in kitten season

It’s kitten season, the time of year when the population of kittens explodes in communities across the country. Kitten season begins in the spring and peaks during the summer, lasting until the fall months. During this period, thousands of kittens are…

Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Sumaiya Malik, Reporting Texas

Shelter logged record-setting number of animal distress calls during ‘snowmageddon’

The weeklong winter “snowmageddon” that stretched from February 16 to 21 also affected the city’s ability to respond to animal distress calls. Pounding sleet, icy roads and temperatures as low as 10 degrees in Austin made the roads dangerous for…

Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Austin Animal Center’s December report looks bright

The Animal Advisory Commission convened on Jan. 11 to discuss, among other things, the accomplishments of the Austin Animal Center at the end of 2020. One recent highlight was the implementation of a new chatbot designed to field questions residents may…

Monday, October 19, 2020 by Jackson Barton

Animal Advisory Commission votes down euthanasia code amendment

The city animal shelter must wait two business days before euthanizing a pet and must give other shelters or former owners the chance to claim the pet. A recent vote by the Animal Advisory Commission will ensure the rules stay…

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Animal Advisory Commission has questions about potential new shelter model

At its meeting Friday, the Animal Advisory Commission considered whether the city should join Human Animal Support Services, an international coalition led by no-kill organization American Pets Alive! The program would use case management to keep most animals out of…

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Animal advocates decry Austin Animal Center intake policy changes

In a video making the rounds on social media, a woman is standing near the entrance to the Austin Animal Center with a medium-sized dog on a leash. She’s telling a staff member she cannot keep the dog, who is a stray,…

Friday, June 5, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Austin Animal Center reopens on-site adoptions

Starting this month, the Austin Animal Center will again offer on-site adoptions as part of the city’s phased effort to reintegrate city employees back into their physical workplaces. City Manager Spencer Cronk released a memo May 29 on the reintegration…

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin Pets Alive! shutters due to COVID-19, still seeking fosters

Over the weekend, Austin Pets Alive! made the decision to close its lobby and bar its clinic from any public visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the city-run Austin Animal Center shuttered its doors last week, Austin Pets Alive!…

Friday, March 20, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Updated: Coronavirus shutters Austin Animal Center, but shelter still desperately needs fosters

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily life in Travis County with the closure of the Austin Animal Center. AAC announced on its Facebook page Monday that it would close to the public, effective immediately, and not reopen until March…

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Community concerns with teeth: Council postpones vote on animal-related code changes

Austin is the largest no-kill city in the country and residents would like to keep it that way. Yet some have expressed concern that maintaining the animal shelter’s no-kill status could come at the expense of community safety. Although much…

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Animal advocates call for redo of animal services officer hiring process

With a nearly $14 million budget and 15,843 animals coming through its doors last year, the Austin Animal Center has worked hard to achieve the title of the nation’s largest “no-kill” shelter. However, animal advocates are worried that the finalist…

Friday, July 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

The cats are alive and well at the Austin Animal Center

After a significant dip in live outcomes for cats in April, the Animal Advisory Commission began to seriously consider how it could reverse that trend to allow more animals to survive their stay as a guest at the Austin Animal…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commission weighs benefits of playgroups vs. walks for dogs

Although walking a dog seems like one of the most rudimentary interactions you can have with your pet, it is a daily chore that routinely takes a back seat at the Austin Animal Center due to its lack of manpower. Instead,…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ’Tis the season

No nativity scene for you, says Zimmerman… Former Council Member Don Zimmerman is evidently still smarting over his 2016 defeat, and especially the fact that a majority of his neighbors did not vote for him. In years past, Zimmerman and…

Monday, November 27, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Solutions and such

That got a little prickly… The Texas Health and Science University earned the recommendation of the Planning Commission at its Nov. 14 meeting to rezone in order to construct a library next door to the acupuncture school as well as dormitories…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Cate Malek

Council votes to spay/neuter stray animals on first impoundment

A proposal that requires that stray dogs and cats be spayed or neutered so they can’t reproduce moved forward this week, despite questions over whether the measure actually addresses the problems it’s meant to solve. City Council voted 8-1 to…

Monday, August 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: Reach for the czars

It’s a dog-eat-chicken world… In comments to City Council during citizens communication Thursday, the city’s top anti-dog demagogue, Robert “Crocodile” Corbin, described the Austin Animal Center’s “no kill” policy as “destructive to humans, animals, the environment and our finances.” He…

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