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Austin Pets Alive! | Letter from Dr. Jefferson: Along with YOU

Dec 24, 2021

Expensive Pals,

As this yr involves a detailed, I’m in awe of the lifesaving love that you’ve for canine and cats who don’t have any different probabilities to outlive. You made positive that pets survived a winter storm. You made positive that Austin remained the most secure metropolis within the US for pets for the tenth yr in a row. You received APA! one step nearer to conserving shelter pets within the coronary heart of Austin. Most significantly, this yr, you made positive that greater than 12,000 pets have been saved from pointless demise in shelters.

This yr additionally marked an enormous shift, because of COVID, in the best way that authorities shelters function all around the nation. For the primary time in historical past, governments are banding collectively to handle the foundation causes of crowded shelters and pointless euthanasia. Though we aren’t a authorities shelter, APA! helps to guide the motion in the direction of a extra humane, for people and pets, method of working. The present all animal lovers have wished for yr after yr lastly feels possible- to eradicate the killing of shelter pets in America, without end.

Early in 2022, APA! management will likely be sharing our full 2021 impression numbers and highlights, however as you rejoice the vacations (if you happen to rejoice them, and nevertheless you safely can this yr) we need to want you and your family members properly and thanks to your continued position in saving animal lives.

Let’s have a look again on just some of the milestones from 2021.

February: Winter Storm Uri & the beginning of transport

When Winter Storm Uri hit Texas in mid-February this yr, it leftover 4 million individuals out of energy and water for days. Temperatures received all the way down to traditionally low single digits, and there was widespread lack of web and cellphone reception.

In our work, lives are on the road day-after-day. When disasters like Uri hit, it takes a village to make sure no companions’ lives are misplaced — irrespective of the circumstances. Our devoted workers and volunteers went above and past to maintain the animals on-site secure and heat, with some workers even sleeping on the shelter.

With the assistance of the group, we have been in a position to triage burst pipes and regain energy through donated turbines. We relied on our group greater than ever throughout this time, and our group relied on us. Our P.A.S.S. (Optimistic Options to Shelter Give up) program was in full drive, saving group pets from the chilly, offering meals and water to pet homeowners in want and a lot extra.

As we gained management over our personal disaster, the main target turned to animals who have been dropping their lives in shelters that didn’t have energy as we madly transported greater than 1,000 of them to different cities that would assist. Whereas Austin is the most secure place for pets within the US, solely a tiny fraction of the 150,000 animals dropping their lives every year in Texas can get into Austin. The chilly disaster received us to think about Austin as a pit cease within the journey from one very harmful place in TX to a a lot much less harmful place within the north, even when that last vacation spot just isn’t at Austin’s degree of No Kill success. In doing so, we began to open the door to creating Texas No Kill. As of at this time, 2,228 lives have been saved in 2021 because of your help of the transport efforts in Texas.

April: Launched partnership with Austin FC

The primary-of-its-kind honorary mascot partnership featured APA! canine accessible for adoption as Austin FC honorary mascots at every Austin FC regular-season house match all through the 2021 season. The perfect factor about this partnership is that the main target was on canine who typically are seemed over within the shelter as a result of they’re too huge or too outdated. Because the launch of the community-centered partnership, 15 Austin FC mascots have been adopted!

September: Austin tenth No Kill Anniversary

2021 marked Austin’s tenth yr as a No Kill metropolis. When APA! was based in 1997 as an all-volunteer advocacy group, Austin Animal Middle’s save price was 15 p.c. In June 2008, APA! was reborn as a rescue group and by 2011, the town reached a 90 p.c stay launch price, making Austin the most important No Kill metropolis within the U.S.

Ten years later, our metropolis now has a 97 p.c stay launch price. Along with you, the very best values of the individuals of Austin are represented in the best way we look after our group’s pets.

October: Shelter Re-opening

By late October, after over a yr of adopting APA pets solely on-line, we determined it was time to re-open our doorways — safely. With masking and different security measures in place, our shelter is now open Saturday and Sunday from midday to six p.m. Seeing our group members in individual in any case this time has been one of many highlights of the yr.

November: Metropolis Decision Passes

We pulled off one other season of profitable lifesaving regardless of the challenges with our City Lake facility and restrictions inside our settlement with the town. This November although, we achieved a significant milestone in working in the direction of a years-long overdue answer. Our settlement, because it had not been up to date in over 10 years, didn’t permit us to satisfy our group’s mission. We have been restricted by the areas during which we might assist surrounding shelters whereas conserving Austin No Kill. And we have been restricted to an arbitrary variety of animals that we should pull from Austin Animal Middle, which has the most important municipal finances within the nation, even when it meant we have been duplicating their work.

And not using a new settlement, our house within the coronary heart of the town and our daring imaginative and prescient for the way forward for animal welfare was in jeopardy. On November 4th, Metropolis Council voted to permit us to absorb animals from wherever and stay at house in our present location. We nonetheless should finalize an official lease settlement, which ought to mirror the worth of the land use by way of donated {dollars} we spend to undertake out animals of their cost. However we’re thrilled that one of many two main roadblocks to a profitable authorized partnership is now out of the best way. It will NOT have occurred with out you elevating your voice and telling the council that saving our four-legged, and generally three-legged, members of the family’ lives, responsibly, issues to you.

In the present day

We’re pleased with the progress we’ve made on our new strategic plan we introduced final yr. We’ve accomplished and are implementing a wide range of applications to be a sustainable group and to spend money on our individuals. We’ve additionally opened our Human Animal Help Providers (HASS) undertaking so any group generally is a accomplice and, in doing so, exponentially grown the work underway to vary the best way authorities shelters operate- by shifting the main target from simply animals to families- each human and nonhuman. In the present day we’ve got 104 HASS accomplice organizations. Right here at house in Austin, we’re persevering with to search out higher methods to save lots of the lives that we encounter in want, it doesn’t matter what problem or trauma they’ve to beat.

As we are saying goodbye to 2021 and howdy to 2022, we’re nearing 100,000 intakes of animals since 2008. That’s practically 100,000 that will’ve been killed for habits quirks, medical points and even only a lack of area at partnering shelters. Along with you, APA! continues to be the security web for pets who’ve nowhere else to show.

In 2021, we by no means might have anticipated the help that you simply gave to animals and we’re so grateful for YOU. Nonetheless, we’re nonetheless wanting our December objective for donations to help the work we have to kick off on January 1, 2022. If you’re nonetheless ready to assist financially this yr, please click on right here to make a present as a result of, because of beneficiant nameless donors, it is going to be doubled as much as $100,000 by means of December thirty first. Each bit helps exponentially if given earlier than the yr ends.

Thanks for every part you do for the pets that want you most. Pleased holidays and completely happy new yr!

-Ellen Jefferson, DVM



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