First-Year Results of Reform Efforts in Reno and Austin

On June 26, 2008, released a detailed and stunning report on the results of competing shelter-reform efforts in Austin, Texas, and Reno, Nevada. 

Austin's effort was led by the ASPCA and involved two shelters:  the Town Lake Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society.  Reno's competing effort followed the no-kill sheltering model of the No Kill Advocacy Center, a national non-profit organization led by shelter expert Nathan Winograd.

At the one-year mark of the two cities' efforts, the results are remarkable:

  • In Austin, one year of implementation of the ASPCA's "Mission: Orange" project did not improve the outlook for Austin's homeless animals:  Austin's shelters killed over 1,300 more animals in 2007 than in 2006, and adopted out 332 fewer animals in 2007 than in 2006. 
  • In Reno, one year of implementation of the No Kill Advocacy Center's model dramatically improved the outlook for Reno's homeless animals:  Reno's shelters killed more than 2,700 fewer animals in 2007 than in 2006, and adopted out over 2,800 more animals in 2007 than in 2006.

How can you help?

1.  Read the full report here.

2.  Tell your friends about the report.

3.  E-mail the Austin City Council right now and demand that Austin's pound implement the No Kill Advocacy Center's no-kill sheltering method.  You can e-mail the entire Council in one e-mail by clicking here

4.  Make a non-tax-deductible contribution to by clicking here.  All donations over $50 will receive a complimentary t-shirt.