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


Dec 24, 2021

Pricey Mates,

As this 12 months involves a detailed, I’m in awe of the lifesaving love that you’ve got for canine and cats who haven’t any different possibilities 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 12 months in a row. You acquired APA! one step nearer to conserving shelter pets within the coronary heart of Austin. Most significantly, this 12 months, you made positive that greater than 12,000 pets have been saved from pointless demise in shelters.

This 12 months additionally marked an enormous shift, on account 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 basis causes of crowded shelters and pointless euthanasia. Though we aren’t a authorities shelter, APA! helps to steer the motion in direction of a extra humane, for people and pets, manner of working. The present all animal lovers have wished for 12 months after 12 months lastly feels possible- to eradicate the killing of shelter pets in America, perpetually.

Early in 2022, APA! management can be sharing our full 2021 impression numbers and highlights, however as you rejoice the vacations (in the event you rejoice them, and nevertheless you safely can this 12 months) we wish to want you and your family members properly and thanks on your continued function 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 12 months, it leftover 4 million individuals out of energy and water for days. Temperatures acquired right down to traditionally low single digits, and there was widespread lack of web and cellular phone reception.

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

With the assistance of the neighborhood, we have been capable of triage burst pipes and regain energy by way of donated mills. We relied on our neighborhood greater than ever throughout this time, and our neighborhood relied on us. Our P.A.S.S. (Optimistic Alternate options to Shelter Give up) program was in full pressure, saving neighborhood 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 shedding 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 shedding their lives every year in Texas can get into Austin. The chilly disaster acquired 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 closing vacation spot will not be at Austin’s stage of No Kill success. In doing so, we began to open the door to creating Texas No Kill. As of immediately, 2,228 lives have been saved in 2021 due to your assist of the transport efforts in Texas.

April: Launched partnership with Austin FC

The primary-of-its-kind honorary mascot partnership featured APA! canine obtainable for adoption as Austin FC honorary mascots at every Austin FC regular-season residence match all through the 2021 season. The very best factor about this partnership is that the main target was on canine who usually are regarded over within the shelter as a result of they’re too massive 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 12 months as a No Kill metropolis. When APA! was based in 1997 as an all-volunteer advocacy group, Austin Animal Middle’s save charge was 15 %. In June 2008, APA! was reborn as a rescue group and by 2011, town reached a 90 % dwell launch charge, making Austin the biggest No Kill metropolis within the U.S.

Ten years later, our metropolis now has a 97 % dwell launch charge. Along with you, the best values of the individuals of Austin are represented in the best way we take care of our neighborhood’s pets.

October: Shelter Re-opening

By late October, after over a 12 months 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 neighborhood members in particular person in spite of everything this time has been one of many highlights of the 12 months.

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 town. This November although, we achieved a significant milestone in working in direction of a years-long overdue answer. Our settlement, because it had not been up to date in over 10 years, didn’t enable us to satisfy our group’s mission. We have been restricted by the places through 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 biggest municipal funds within the nation, even when it meant we have been duplicating their work.

And not using a new settlement, our residence within the coronary heart of 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 anyplace and stay at residence in our present location. We nonetheless need to 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 could 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.

At this time

We’re pleased with the progress we’ve made on our new strategic plan we introduced final 12 months. We’ve accomplished and are implementing a wide range of packages to be a sustainable group and to put money into our individuals. We’ve additionally opened our Human Animal Help Companies (HASS) mission so any group could be 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. At this time we have now 104 HASS accomplice organizations. Right here at residence 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 hiya to 2022, we’re nearing 100,000 intakes of animals since 2008. That’s almost 100,000 that may’ve been killed for conduct quirks, medical points and even only a lack of area at partnering shelters. Along with you, APA! continues to be the protection web for pets who’ve nowhere else to show.

In 2021, we by no means might have anticipated the assist that you simply gave to animals and we’re so grateful for YOU. Nevertheless, we’re nonetheless in need of our December purpose for donations to assist the work we have to kick off on January 1, 2022. If you’re nonetheless able to assist financially this 12 months, please click on right here to make a present as a result of, due to beneficiant nameless donors, will probably be doubled as much as $100,000 by December thirty first. Each bit helps exponentially if given earlier than the 12 months ends.

Thanks for all the pieces you do for the pets that want you most. Completely happy holidays and comfortable new 12 months!

-Ellen Jefferson, DVM



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