Tag Archives: Animal Services

Monday, September 28, 2020 by Jackson Barton

Code revision could allow Austin shelters to euthanize dangerous animals without delay

The Animal Advisory Commission is considering a change to city code that could make it easier for city animal shelters to euthanize animals deemed too dangerous to be adopted by the public.Commission members discussed adding an exception to the city’s…

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 City…

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 managing…

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Animal Advisory Commission asks Council to unfreeze hiring for animal protection officers

The Animal Advisory Commission unanimously approved a recommendation for City Council to unfreeze hiring for certain Animal Services staff Monday.Currently, 12 full-time positions that had been budgeted for in the 2020 budget remain vacant in the Animal Services Department. Four…

Friday, December 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin cat advocates ask city to reevaluate shelter-neuter-release program

The stated goal of the Austin Animal Center is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes. However, even with this intention and a no-kill policy to back it up, not all animals are given the same chance to find…

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council codifies no-kill practices in controversial ordinance

City Council approved a set of controversial amendments to city code Thursday, giving legal weight to certain no-kill practices that many community advocates consider harmful to people and pets alike.Ellen Jefferson, executive director of Austin Pets Alive!, defended the amendments…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Shelter cat live outcome rate dips below 90 percent

As a no-kill shelter, Austin Animal Center has a goal of sending out as many animals into happy homes as possible. Unfortunately, this month, the shelter was able to do that less often for its cats than it has in the…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Jack Craver

Report: ‘No-kill’ policy an asset to Austin

An analysis prepared by researchers at the University of Denver argues that the benefits of Austin’s “no-kill” policy outweigh its costs.The decision to no longer euthanize stray dogs and cats has certainly cost city taxpayers, but those dollars do not…

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Cool for cats?

It is in Austin!… During a discussion of the Aquatic Master Plan during a City Council work session last Tuesday, Council Member Delia Garza highlighted the dearth of public pools in her southeastern district, which includes parts of Del Valle.…

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Just mull it over

“Sanctuary cities” protests continue… Protesters interrupted a Cedar Park Fourth of July parade last week to protest Senate Bill 4. No one was arrested, but they were removed so the parade could continue. They told KVUE they were calling for…

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Services to take community-centered approach to lost pets

In some parts of Austin, runaway pets are likely to stay lost.That’s what an analysis by the city’s Animal Services Department has found. While roughly one animal for every 100 residents gets brought into a shelter citywide, three ZIP codes…

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Cate Malek

City investigates whether spay/neuter clinics are reaching the people who need them

The city of Sunset Valley is leading other Austin-area locations in taking advantage of free spay/neuter clinics – a surprise, since these clinics are usually used more heavily in poorer neighborhoods.City staff is working to better understand who is using…

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…

Friday, October 7, 2016 by Jack Craver

City Council debates coyotes

City Council spent most of the morning Thursday discussing what to do about coyotes.Council was asked by city staff to approve an ordinance that would authorize the Animal Services Department to negotiate and execute a contract with Texas A&M AgriLife…

Friday, September 16, 2016 by Cate Malek

Animal Commission votes down spay and neuter proposal

Despite public appeals, the Animal Commission has decided not to move forward on a proposed ordinance that would require that all dogs brought to Austin animal shelter be spayed or neutered the first time they are impounded.The ordinance was meant…

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Spay and neuter proposal continues to simmer

The City Council Health and Human Services Committee took a look at the results of a survey on Tuesday that asked whether a spay/neuter initiative could help reduce animal intake for local shelters, but it is holding off on a…

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 worried…

Monday, July 25, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Kitten tsunami

Ignorance and arrogance… In her bid to stall the creation of the WildHorse Ranch public improvement district, City Council Member Ora Houston found support this weekend from none other than the Austin American-Statesman. The editorial board of the Lady Bird…

Friday, July 15, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin suffers from lack of animal protection officers

Although Austin has a reputation as a city of pet lovers, a chronic shortage of animal protection officers may be putting pets, and local communities, at risk.The city currently has 20 officers, only one-third of the number recommended by the…

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…

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