Tag Archives: Austin Pets Alive!

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…

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…

Friday, February 19, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Frigid temps put strain on wildlife and pets alike

As an energy crisis triggered by unusually frigid weather persists throughout the state, even our wild neighbors have struggled to adjust, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports. Mortality events have been observed in several bird species, including various species of…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Animal Advisory Commission tables HASS discussion for now

With the Animal Advisory Commission still in disagreement over the recommendation that Austin join a decentralized shelter pilot program, commissioners decided to push the decision to October. While commissioners were entirely in agreement over one item, voting unanimously to ask…

Monday, September 21, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Animal Advisory Commission to vote for new animal shelter pilot program

The Animal Advisory Commission is voting on a recommendation Monday for Austin to adopt a decentralized, foster home-based approach to animal services. Although the Austin Animal Center is considered an essential service by city ordinance, the shelter has had difficulties…

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…

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…

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

In ‘survival mode,’ Austin Pets Alive! flooded with community support

Visitors to the Austin Pets Alive! website are greeted by a pop-up message that says, “We are in survival mode and need your help.” The message redirects to a donation page called “Save Pets in Sweats,” which encourages community members…

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…

Monday, May 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

YMCA and city working together for more parking at Lamar Beach

In late 2016, a revised version of the Lamar Beach Master Plan made its way through City Council. It was designed to benefit all the associated stakeholders of the parkland, West Austin Youth Association, Austin Pets Alive! and Austin High…

Monday, July 25, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin’s reputation as an animal haven may be slowing pet rescues

Six years ago, City Council passed a resolution that animal shelters would no longer kill homeless pets for the sake of space or convenience. But now that Austin has a solid reputation as a no-kill city, Animal Services officials are…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

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…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council split on new deal for Austin Pets Alive!

City Council members Tuesday continued to debate a potential extension of a contract for Austin Pets Alive! to operate a facility at the Town Lake Animal Shelter. The extension would also include additional leeway for the organization to make needed…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Town Lake Animal Center in disrepair, ‘not sound’

Town Lake Animal Center continues to operate in disrepair, and a recent state inspection has the Animal Services Department and Austin Pets Alive! scrambling for temporary fixes. Susan Monger, DVM, conducted the inspection this year. That inspection found that the…

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