Tag Archives: Austin Animal Shelter

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 of…

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 candidates…

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 pass…

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…

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City clarifies shelter policies

A clarification about the ownership of shelter animals should keep the city out of legal trouble, though some City Council members had reservations that the changes were moving too fast.Kristen Auerbach, who is the deputy chief animal services officer at…

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

New Chief Animal Services Officer stresses adoption

Austin’s new chief animal services officer says the city’s no-kill status was what persuaded her to take the job. But Tawny Hammond told the Austin Monitor on Tuesday that for Austin to sustain its no-kill status, more people need to be adopting…

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Audit reveals trouble in city’s animal shelters

A city audit of Austin Animal Services has revealed serious problems within the department and its shelters.The audit found that the department does not have sufficient resources to meet its 90 percent live outcome goal while maintaining state requirements and…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Advisory Commission wary of animal legislation

Members of Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission requested more time Wednesday night to consider whether to recommend a bill some say would threaten city shelters’ “no-kill” status.The committee considered two bills filed by state representatives concerning veterinarian practice in city shelters,…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Chief Animal Services Officer Smith to resign

The head of the City of Austin’s Animal Services is leaving to take a position in Kennebunk, Maine. Abigail Smith, who oversaw the majority of the city’s transition to no-kill status, will depart before the end of the year.Smith, who…

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