City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APA will be allowed to upgrade and build on the downtown property.
The City of Austin Animal Services Office (ASO) announced that the City has signed a new agreement with Austin Pets Alive! regarding the City-owned property at 1156 W Cesar Chavez St, also known as Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC).
Austin Pets Alive! (APA) took over operations of TLAC in 2011 when ASO moved into the brand-new Austin Animal Center on Levander Loop. In 2017, the Austin City Council authorized the negotiation of a 25-year agreement with renewal options allowing APA to upgrade and build on the property.
“We are excited to announce that we’ve signed an agreement with APA that gives them the ability to enhance and expand their operations, and continue the partnership between ASO and APA,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland.
“This signed contract is a sign of the City of Austin's commitment to no kill for many years to come,” said APA's President and CEO Dr. Ellen Jefferson. “APA’s lifesaving programs have been essential to the city’s progress since 1998. We are excited to cement that relationship in order to continue making Austin the safest place in America for sheltered pets, and we thank the City of Austin leadership for working so collaboratively to make this possible."