LEARN HOW AUSTIN NEARLY DOUBLED THE SECOND CHANCES FOR SHELTER PETS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY
Cat videos. Man’s best friend. Our pets’ love has made us better people and provide us with endless hours of entertainment. This source of unconditional love has inspired many of us to open our hearts to rescue pets. Yet still too many homeless pets, about 1 in 3 won’t get their second chance to inspire a human to be better. In 2007, Austin had similar numbers. In 2017, Austin is providing second chances to over 96% of the animals coming through the city shelter. The city has been saving over 90% of its homeless pets for over six years now. But Austin’s different, right? After all, it’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” Critics called the success a fluke. Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Austin Pets Alive! Executive Director, set out to prove the critics wrong by founding San Antonio Pets Alive. San Antonio, Texas called “the worst place to be a homeless pet” in 2004. The first year of San Antonio Pets Alive, the percentage of animals getting new homes rose from 30% to 85% [check numbers]. This proved the strategies and programs used to save lives are scalable across different communities. The biggest obstacles we face in life-saving are two fold:
- Belief - The obstacles can seem overwhelming, but we can do it.
- Lack of knowledge - In some cases, we have the motivation, but not the knowledge. We have the why but not the how.