Austin celebrates no-kill shelters



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Posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 9:07 AM

AUSTIN -- The City of Austin is celebrating its second anniversary as one of the largest no-kill cities in the country.

In March 2010, the Austin City Council approved a no-kill plan. Since then, various organizations like the Austin Animal Center have worked to keep that status in place.

Earlier this month the city released its 2013 first quarter report. It shows the city is still on track as a no-kill city.

From October to December 2012, the city's shelters took in 4,300 dogs and cats, and 91 percent of them were not euthanized.

However, it's a constant struggle to maintain that status.

Lauri Lei Combs with the Austin Animal Center says it's a lot of hard work and that they need the community help to keep Austin no-kill.

"We need the community's involvement to make this no-kill. To continue to have success, we need more help from the community, spaying and neutering and ID'ing their pets," said Combs.

Shelter workers say one of the things you can do to help is volunteer, even if it's just to walk the dogs once a month. Currently there are more than 600 animals in the system, and the shelters are always at capacity.

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