This spring has been challenging for Central Texas animals. After an unusually warm winter, the region has been plagued by a series of severe thunderstorms and floods, causing the displacement of large numbers of people and animals. As a result, animal shelters have seen high intake of both stray and surrendered pets.
There is no other topic that leads to heated discussion as the topic of kill versus no kill shelters. But many people are not familiar with the differences in these types of shelters because sometimes the status of a shelter can be misleading.To understand the differences in these shelters, it is important to learn what they are.
If a pound is going to kill community dogs, if rescuers are not going to find them homes, if robust transfer programs are not in place to get those dogs to a community where they could find homes, they, like the dogs in the Dominican Republic and cats in the U.S., should realize all the other benefits that would come of sterilization.
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This coming February, Austin will celebrate its five-year anniversary of being America's largest no kill city, saving more than 90 percent of its homeless animals since 2011. We're looking forward to the next five years, with the hope of taking the lessons we've learned to help other cities towns save more lives.