The Austin Animal Center is actively working on maintaining its status of being a No-Kill City and continues to work on the No-Kill implementation plan, approved in March of 2010 by the Austin City Council.
Since October 2010, Animal Services has worked on a 34-point plan with the support of community partners such as Austin Pets Alive!, the Austin Humane Society, EmanciPet and Animal Trustees of Austin as well as more than 250 volunteers.
In February 2011, the Center reached and surpassed the 90% live animal outcome rate and reached an unprecedented rate of 92%.
The Animal Center is maintaining its status and continues to increase live animal outcome rates while steadily decreasing animal intakes.
Many components make up the no-kill equation. The following strategies work together to effectively keep Austin a No-Kill City:
Closing night animal drop-off boxes
Adding a full-and part-time veterinarian
Enhancing the foster care program
Providing more opportunities for low-cost/free spay/neuter services
Offering several adoption promotions
Continuing to provide microchips to all animals leaving the shelter
Increasing marketing and publicity efforts for adoption and animal services