Each election cycle, FixAustin.org is repeatedly asked which mayoral and city council candidates support Austin's No Kill efforts. To answer that question, we meet and interview candidates, ask candidates to complete an animal-welfare questionnaire, and review candidates' animal-welfare records, if any. This year, we were especially pleased with the results, as every candidate we met committed to maintaining Austin's No Kill status.
Nonetheless, some candidates rose above others. In Austin, one cannot speak about animal welfare without speaking of Mayoral candidate and current Council Member Mike Martinez. To put it simply, Austin would not be a No Kill City without Mike Martinez's leadership, and his steadfast commitment to animal-welfare scores him our highest rating ever: 5+ Paws. We also gave perfect 5-Paw ratings to incumbents Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo, who are regrettably running against each other. Kathie has been steadfast in her commitment to maintaining Austin's downtown animal shelter, and Chris has been a long-term supporter of our cause.
We were also happy to give 5-Paw ratings to a number of new City Council candidates: District 2's Delia Garza; District 3's Susana Almanza; District 4's Gregorio Casar; District 5's Ann Kitchen; District 6's Jimmy Flannigan; District 7's Leslie Pool; District 8's Becky Bray and Ed Scruggs; and District 10's Tina Cannon, Mandy Dealey, Sheri Gallo, and Jason Meeker.
Here are our district-by-district ratings:
District 1: Ora Houston: 4.5 Paws.
District 2: Delia Garza: 5 Paws.
District 4: Gregorio Casar: 5 Paws.
District 5: Ann Kitchen: 5 Paws.
We're so proud of the amazing progress that has been accomplished in Austin. In 2005, we began this organization with a vision for a No Kill Austin--- an open-admission municipal animal shelter with a 90% or higher save rate--- at a time when the city was killing 55% of impounded animals and over 14,000 a year.
In 2010, the Austin City Council unanimously passed a No Kill Implementation Plan for Austin that included our recommended programs and policies. And since January 2011, the Austin municipal shelter has saved over 90% of all impounded dogs and cats.
Thank you so much to the Austin City Council, the Austin Animal Advisory Commission, the management, employees, and volunteers at Austin Animal Center, and the management, employees, and volunteers at Austin Pets Alive as well as the other shelter placement partners.
We always hoped that one day, our organization would become unneeded, and we believe that time is just around the corner. THANK YOU AUSTIN!