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

Sep 05, 2023

Immediately, Austin Pets Alive! has made the troublesome resolution to supply a 30-day discover to finish our veterinary companies contract with Laredo Animal Care Providers (LACS).

Once 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 the 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 associate was finished 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 turn out to be 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 most of the devoted LACS workers 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 end result price 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 exhausting, the objectives of LACS shifted away from a lifesaving focus and again towards working at a decrease capability for care and lifesaving. This method implies that hundreds of animals who ought to reside lengthy wholesome lives will proceed to die to be able to meet a regressive objective. We can not in good conscience proceed working beneath such a drastic diversion from the unique objectives the town council laid out for us to observe.

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


Dr. Ellen Jefferson

President and CEO

Austin Pets Alive!

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