Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Attention Austin animal advocates: Tomorrow, Monday, November 8th, the City of Austin will be releasing the names of the two or three finalists for the new animal-shelter director position, and will be making the finalists available to meet the public from 6pm to 8pm at Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010
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Friday, August 20, 2010
Who do you side with?
Posted by Fix Austin! at 1:59 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Mandatory spay-neuter ordinances do not work. The ASPCA did an extensive study on mandatory spay-neuter laws and concluded that they have failed to decrease shelter intake. According to the ASPCA, there is no "credible evidence demonstrating a statistically significant enhancement in the reduction of shelter intake or euthanasia as a result of the implementation of a mandatory spay-neuter law." http://www.aspca.org/about-us/policy-positions/mandatory-spay-neuter-laws.html.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 8:41 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The last throes of resistance to a No Kill Austin continue: In this article, KUT complains of shelter employees having to work harder to save animals, and reports on allegations of "impropriety" in the No Kill movement brought by a notorious opponent of No Kill. After reading this, would it surprise you to find out that TLAC's Program Development Manager is married to KUT's Associate General Manager? The more important question is: Why isn't KUT disclosing their direct conflict of interest when they report on the shelter and specifically its employees?
Posted by Fix Austin! at 4:10 PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tickets to the Austin No Kill Workshop are now available! Prices start at just $25 for the "early bird" registrants, but will move up to $35. For that price, you'll get speeches from the nation's top No Kill sheltering experts, a gourmet vegetarian (or vegan) lunch, and a copy of the award-winning Irreconcilable Differences by Nathan Winograd.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 6:16 PM
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We're very pleased to present an unbelievable line-up of No Kill experts at the September 28, 2010, Austin No Kill Workshop! The event will take place at the Westin at the Domain in Austin, Texas, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Tickets will be available very shortly.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 7:29 PM
Sunday, May 09, 2010
The Austin American-Statesman's Outdoors Editor Mike Leggett likes to kill animals. He gets a "thrill" out of killing deer. He enjoys killing fish. And Mikey likes to kill birds too; boy, does he: Mikey likes to kill quail. He thinks talk of killing doves is funny. And he just loves killing turkeys. In fact, he's mad as heck that the lefties who craft the State of Texas hunting guidelines are reducing the "joy" he gets from killing turkeys.
"The media has had a field day with this since we started. Those figures were from our proposal [for a study]. They aren't actual data; that was just our projection to show how bad it might be."
Roger Tabor found that cats have low success as bird hunters and that the bulk of their diet is garbage, plants, insects, and other scavenger material. In short, cats are not impacting bird populations on continents. Fitzgerald & Karl found that "cats suppress populations of more dangerous predators such as rats and thus allow denser populations of birds than would exist without them." Robert Berg found that cats were not impacting quail population in San Francisco even though quail nest on the ground. Mead found no evidence that cats are impacting overall bird populations. Colemand & Brunner concluded that "The common belief that feral cats are serious predators of birds is apparently without basis." A Worldwatch Institute 1994 Study found that birds are in decline due to drought, habitat loss, overtrapping, and water pollution. Cats are noticeably absent as factors. A 1988 study by the University of Georgia blamed forest fragmentation across Southern U.S. for decimating songbirds. A Colorado Wildlife Dept. study in 1994 blamed drought. National Geographic lined declines to poisons in environment, particularly lawn care products."
Posted by Fix Austin! at 12:44 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010
Just a quick note on the status of No Kill in Austin, Texas.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 3:56 PM
Thursday, April 08, 2010
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Saturday, March 06, 2010
Austin City Council to Decide Whether to Make Austin a No Kill City This Thursday, March 11, at 10am
This is perhaps the biggest news in the No Kill world since Reno, NV, went No Kill in 2007. This Thursday, March 11, the Austin City Council will decide whether Austin, Texas, will join the ranks of America's No Kill cities. The Council is considering a plan of proven methods to produce No Kill success: (1) low-cost and free spay-neuter programs; (2) a comprehensive adoption program including off-site adoptions; (3) keeping open the downtown shelter once the city's new shelter opens outside of the city center; and (4) a large-scale foster program.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 12:34 PM
Monday, March 01, 2010
Today, the City of Austin moved one step closer to becoming America's next No Kill City. At a meeting of the City Council Subcommittee for Health and Human Services, Subcommittee members voted 3-0 to direct city staff to move forward with a No Kill plan that includes elements written by the Animal Advisory Commission including a comprehensive adoption program, off-site adoptions, and a moratorium on killing healthy, adoptable animals while cages sit empty and unused.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 5:49 PM
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hello Animal Advocates,
Posted by Fix Austin! at 2:47 PM
Monday, February 01, 2010
GREAT NEWS! After a five-hour marathon meeting yesterday, the Austin Animal Advisory Commission passed an implementation plan to make Austin a No Kill City. The pillars of the plan are: (1) Rewriting the mission of Animal Services to embrace lifesaving as a core goal; (2) Partnering with Austin Pets Alive to operate the City's Adoption Program (including the operation of 4 off-site adoption locations 7 days a week); (3) Saving ALL existing buildings at the current TLAC site for adoptions purposes once the new shelter in East Austin is built; and (4) Enhancing community spay/neuter efforts by partnering with Emancipet.
Posted by Fix Austin! at 11:56 AM
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
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