Spreading the Love at First-Ever No Kill Day at the Texas Capitol

Join Texas Pets Alive! as we honor the legislators who are leading the way in helping our four-legged friends  

Austin, Texas -- February 4, 2019 -- February is all about celebrating love, and Texas pet lovers will gather on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol this Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11am to show their love for our four-legged friends. During the first No Kill Day event, Texas Pets Alive! President Lorri Michel will share the latest statistics on the vast strides we have made in preventing the killing of shelter animals in Texas.

The numbers speak for themselves as cities across Texas report huge leaps in reducing animal deaths in very short time spans with Austin leading way with a 98% save rate in 2018. Beaumont reported a 91% save rate in December 2018, and Dallas, Ft. Worth, and San Antonio were at nearly 90%. El Paso and Houston last reported 83 and 81%, respectively. Palm Valley increased its save rate between 2017 and 2018 from 34 to 51 percent, though Palm Valley has a long way to go, this improvement meant 5,728 fewer animals were killed in 2018. And through Lubbock Pets Alive’s efforts, the city increased its save rate from an estimated 10% in 2017 to 78% in 2018.

“The No Kill movement is not limited by geography, demographics, socio-economic categories, or party affiliation,” said Michel. “Huge strides are being made in all parts of the state and saving the lives of our shelter pets is clearly a priority for Texans,” she said.

Michel will also present legislators that have helped introduce or pass legislation that paves the way for Texas to become a No Kill state with the first-ever Texas Pets Alive! Legislative Courage Award. This award recognizes those lawmakers who have helped lead the charge to save shelter pets.

Sen. Joan Huffman, Sen. Eddie Lucio, II., Sen. Jose Menendez, Sen. Kirk Watson, Sen. Royce West, Sen. John Whitmire, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Rep. Sarah Davis, Rep. Celia Israel, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, Rep. Ina Minjarez, Rep. Joe Moody, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.

Current legislation to be introduced this session that would further efforts to save animals include:

●       Basic standards of shelter and care for restrained animals bill (SB 295)

●       Offering cats and dogs previously used for research up for adoption before they are killed (HB 146)

●       Allowing good samaritans to rescue abandoned pets from locked vehicles with immunity (SB 250)

●       Prohibiting the option to make pet ownership contingent on making payments after transfer of pet to the buyer (SB 361)

A 2017 study conducted by the University of Denver on the economic impact of No Kill in Austin found that since the No Kill Resolution passed in Austin in 2010, a conservative regional estimate put the total positive economic impact of No Kill at over $157 million. The same study cited Google’s decision to invest in Austin as directly attributable to the City’s No Kill plan. Executives noted that “it is attractive to a young, vibrant, pet-loving workforce.”

Animal lovers are encouraged to RSVP, arrive early, and park in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage. Wear a shirt representing your favorite rescue or place of work, and of course pets are welcome. Even those that won’t be in attendance can support this effort by signing up to receive action alerts from Texas Pets Alive! and ordering a No Kill Day T-shirt.

Texas Pets Alive! is a 501(c)(4) organization, and therefore can act as a political voice for Austin Pets Alive! and other No Kill animal welfare organizations across Texas. We are able to engage in unlimited lobbying as it relates to ensuring the laws of the state allow us to end the killing of homeless pets.  Please note, because we are a lobbying organization, contributions to Texas Pets Alive! are not tax deductible. Learn more at https://www.texaspetsalive.org/.

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Jodi Bart Holzband

Texas Pets Alive