Tag Archives: Animal Services

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…

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Coyote debate howls through committee

Debate over the region’s coyote policy continued at City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Monday, where public comment on the city’s policy took center stage for about an hour.In November 2014, the city passed a coyote management plan, and as…

Monday, March 21, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Animal Services punts spay and neuter proposal

The Animal Advisory Commission voted down a proposal last week that would have allowed animal shelter staff to spay or neuter an animal the first time it is impounded. Instead, the commissioners will wait for the results of a six-month…

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Mandatory pet sterilization not recommended to help reduce number of animals in shelters

Austin animal owners should not be forced to spay or neuter their animals, said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond in a briefing before the City Council Health and Human Services Committee.The presentation, which comes just as Austin is about to…

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Jack Craver

Animal Services chief responds to department audit

Austin is a leader in animal shelter and care, but the common metrics used for auditing animal care facilities have not kept pace with its no-kill policy, Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond told the Audit and Finance Committee on…

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