"...The Animal Advisory Commission held a special-called meeting Monday night, March 5, to discuss a proposal that would allow Austin Pets Alive! to move its entire operation from its current home at the corner of Manchaca and Lamar into the city's old Town Lake Animal Center. In November, the group signed a license agreement with the city to run an overflow adoption center using about a third of the site, where 30 to 60 of the dogs from the new city shelter on Levander Loop could be sent by Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith in times of overcrowding – and now APA! was coming back to ask for the remainder of the TLAC facilities...."
"...Pat Valls-Trelles, a member (and recently deposed chair) of the city's Animal Advisory Commis-sion, says the commission was prevented from even putting the relocation on its agenda. "I believe there was a coup to stifle public discussion on this issue," says Valls-Trelles, who points the finger at Pulliam and her bosses, HHSD Director David Lurie and Assistant City Manager Bert Lumbreras (who, oddly enough, is a voting member of the commission)..."
"... The report, written by expert Nathan Winograd, stated that a shelter's location is a primary factor in maximizing adoptions. The City's shelter staff, on the other hand, insists that location is irrelevant to attracting customers. Reached Sunday evening, Animal Advisory Commission Member Lisa McClain said that she welcomes the Council's interest in the shelter-location decision..."
"...At the end of a group tour of the Austin Animal Center late last year, a few of us held back in the lobby and continued conversations we'd been having all the way through. The City Council aides and then-Interim Assistant City Manager Sara Hensley – who's since returned to her original job heading the Parks and Recreation Department – quickly scuttled off to a bus taking them back to City Hall from the shelter in Southeast Austin, but shelter staffers, a couple of members of the Council-appointed Animal Advisory Commission, and a few volunteers stayed to chat..."
"...At stake was the fate of the Town Lake Animal Center, which will no longer be the city's shelter come November, when most operations move across I-35 to the new Levander Loop facility. Under the terms of the commission's No Kill Implementation Plan, passed unanimously by council last year, the current center's Davenport building will be kept open indefinitely as one of several adoption centers..."
"...Although the council finally arrived at what seems like a workable compromise, it's likely that the grandiose arguments that regularly roil the interactions of those warm-hearted denizens of the Animal Advisory Commission will continue to entertain a wider audience, until shovel finally meets soil on wherever the shelter finally lands. As a reporter, I suppose I can only welcome the diversion; speaking as a citizen, it seems mostly a damn silly way to waste everybody's time...."
"...Dear Editor, Well it finally happened. Two of the least compassionate members on the Animal Advisory Commission are now the chair and vice chair..."
"...Only for natural disaster, assassination, and steroid investigations does board and commission action garner as much ink as Kathie Tovo's decision not to reappoint Mike Levy to the Public Safety Commission...."
"...The bill that passed required the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to appoint a Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee to propose a set of regulations for the department to adopt. The committee did its work, but after a marathon meeting March 27, TDLR commissioners voted 5-1 (the seventh was absent) to reject a number of key regulations worked out by the committee, including a regulation related to the size of animal cages; a requirement that flooring in those cages be, in part, made of solid materials; and a regulation that would require that certain "surgical procedures" – including declawing, ear and tail docking, and "debarking," or cutting a dog's vocal cords – be performed only by a licensed vet..."
"...For nearly 30 minutes, the Town Lake Animal Center volunteer coordinator had been sitting quietly while a seemingly endless stream of speakers took turns explaining to the Austin Animal Advisory Commission what was wrong with her volunteer program. One complained about its poor retention rates and its onerous application and training process..."
"...Summarizing the most recent Austin annual report, which Medicus presented at the Feb. 18 Animal Advisory Commission meeting, she noted: "In one year (2008 vs..."
"...He also plans to circulate a petition and is working on a presentation about pit bulls for the Travis Co. Animal Advisory Commission..."
"...Board and commission work, including council's Public Health and Human Services committee, dominates the agenda again today. After the jump, Randi Shade brings us up to speed with her meeting deets...."
"...The passage of the 34-point plan, including four contentious recommendations council kept over the advice of city staff, reflected months of recent work – including the Animal Advisory Commission’s work last summer, then their co-development of an implementation strategy with city staff, starting in November. But as Spelman and others reminded us, it has roots that reach back way further than that...."
"...That recent comment by City Council Member Mike Martinez – discussing the need for transparency as council modifies the city's boards and commissions system – explains in a nutshell why Austin maintains such an extensive network of volunteer advisory groups. It encompasses the 43 city boards (the term includes commissions) governed by the City Code, plus 13 additional special-circumstance boards and 28 other formal advisory groups..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Point Austin: Saving the Animals” [News, Sept. 17]: “Members of the city's Animal Advisory Commission generally support the proposal, though Chair Larry Tucker said this week it would be fine if the no-kill goal can be achieved without outsourcing” – but that’s not what he said last week or over the last year..."
"...The NKM document was essentially an 18-page list of good ideas that could be tackled separately by the many branches of the animal-welfare family tree. "It gave an opportunity for small groups and individuals to get things done without having to interact with each other," said Babette Ellis, a 14-year member of the Animal Advisory Commission, who helped put together the original document..."
"... The city's Animal Advisory Commission voted against relocating Town Lake Animal Center at its Aug. 21 meeting – sort of..."