Picture Worth a Thousand Words by Asha
July 19, 2010, 8:50 pm
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I saw both litters of puppies in the video below in the lobby this morning as I was heading to the clinic for my daily dose of cute. I asked the human parents how they came across such sweet little ones – their stories are the kind we hear all too often.  The first Good Samaritan told me that she woke up to find a box of Labrador puppies on her doorstep. The other said that she found the box of Schnauzer/Pit Bull puppies in her neighbor’s yard, without food or water. They were relinquished with no argument from the uninterested owner.

While I reap the benefits of hugs, kisses, and puppy breath – these little lives are an all-too-cute example of dogs that were not wanted or planned for by a family committed to caring for a new pet.

Not wanting to put additional burned on our already crowded shelter system, both foster parents have decided that they will care for the little ones until they can place them in loving permanent homes. They are committed to getting all of the dogs spayed/neutered, knowing that is the only way to end the cycle of unwanted litters in our community.


Cat Euthanasia Rate Reduced by Amy

In the past, a cat that had the misfortune of ending up in Austin’s city’s shelter had a slim chance of making it out alive.  As recently as last year, the euthanasia rate for cats at Town Lake Animal Center was 60%, meaning the majority of cats that ended up at that shelter were killed.   But things are finally starting to turn around.  The year-to-date cat euthanasia rate at TLAC has now reached an all time low of 35% – and THAT is cause for celebration!

This inspiring turn of events is due to a focus on reducing the intake of cats at the shelter.  The folks over at Austin Humane Society’s Feral Fix program are on track to sterilize 6,000 feral cats this year alone.  At EMANCIPE+ and Animal Trustees of Austin, we focused on sterilizing owned cats for free with our Valentine’s Week and Spring Break Specials, which we are repeating for our Summer of Love special – offering free spay/neuter, microchips, ID tags and rabies shots to pet cats in the first week of June and July this summer (all funded by the City of Austin).

These efforts are working.  While they are seeing kittens come in to the shelter now, the number coming in this year is much less than it has been in the past.  Another major factor in reducing euthanasia rates has been the network of foster homes for these kittens that are coming in.  The foster care programs at Austin Humane Society, Town Lake Animal Center, and Austin Pets Alive! are all pitching in to ensure that no tiny kittens are euthanized this year.  As the season gets going, they’ll need more foster families to sign up to help.

I encourage you to get involved with one of the organizations mentioned here.  Even though these numbers are exciting, we still have a whole lot of work to do to ensure no cat is ever killed in Austin just for being homeless.  We’d love to have you join us!