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Austin Pets Alive! | Open Letter from Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President…


Sep 05, 2023

At the moment, Austin Pets Alive! has made the tough choice to offer a 30-day discover to finish our veterinary companies contract with Laredo Animal Care Providers (LACS).

After we started our partnership with LACS earlier this 12 months, on the request of the Laredo metropolis council and group, it was with the whole-hearted intention to assist meet town’s objectives of offering medical care and practices that additional saved lives. Each vaccine given and illness prevented, medical remedy administered, surgical procedure carried out, and animal transported to a different rescue companion was executed to not solely fulfill our contractual obligations however as an ethical obligation to the pets being sheltered within the metropolis. We heard from group member after group member how a lot it meant to them that their metropolis shelter might develop into extra aligned with the phrase “shelter” — offering true security and care to pets which are misplaced, displaced or deserted.

We’re very happy with the work we did alongside lots of the devoted LACS employees members. The final eight months have led to greater than 1,000 spay/neuter surgical procedures (an approx 400% improve from the earlier Veterinary vendor) and raised the feline reside consequence charge to a historic excessive of over 70%. Canines and cats that had been as soon as euthanized for having one thing so simple as a chilly had been handled and lots of have already been adopted.

Sadly, we had been met with resistance from shelter management. Over the previous few months because the modifications required turned extra actual, and laborious, the objectives of LACS shifted away from a lifesaving focus and again towards working at a decrease capability for care and lifesaving. This strategy signifies that 1000’s of animals who ought to reside lengthy wholesome lives will proceed to die so as to meet a regressive objective. We can’t in good conscience proceed working below such a drastic diversion from the unique objectives town council laid out for us to observe.

It hurts our hearts to depart so many pets and folks behind however we imagine that we now have no different selection. Our true hope is that Laredoans noticed that life saving was attainable and that they’ll demand the modifications essential to be a humane metropolis for beloved pets.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ellen Jefferson

President and CEO

Austin Pets Alive!





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