City Budget Update by Amy

It’s been a month since Austin City Manager Marc Ott released his menu of potential budget reductions, which included proposals to reduce and/or eliminate General Fund support for Emancipet’s free spay/neuter program.  Mr. Ott also requested widespread community input on budget priorities.

I want to thank you for the incredible job you have done fulfilling his request for input! You have let the City of Austin know that the free spay/neuter program, and other programs that save animal lives, should remain fully funded.  You have made this clear with the massive volume of e-mails, phone calls, and petition signatures, and your huge turnout at the Town Hall budget meetings.

Your support has been so inspiring and encouraging to our staff and our clients who rely on our services, and I believe you are making a difference. Mr. Ott mentioned recently that he has received more e-mails on this subject than any other potential budget reduction.  Because of you and your hard work, I feel optimistic about our chances to save this program, and about the future of animals in Austin.

While we have certainly made our feelings known, we won’t know the fate of this important program until Mr. Ott makes his official recommendation to the City Council on July 22.  We will continue to keep you informed of our progress on this and other issues that will impact animals.  Whether we win or lose on this budget issue, I am so proud to know that ours is a community where people speak up and speak out on behalf of animals.  Thank you so very much for everything you have done, and continue to do, to advocate for animals.


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I just found out about this organization. Thank God! I have six stray cats that need to be neutered. I am a member of ASPCA and Best Friends Sanctuary. I will add this organization to my list of donations each month. Even if they cut the budget, the animal lovers will continue to help out. God bless!

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