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Austin Animal Center Strains to Maintain Its No-Kill Status
City shelter struggles with overcrowding and volunteer dissatisfaction
News Story  February 7, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Dog Fight over Town Lake Animal Center
Council set for a divisive argument over the future of TLAC with rival agenda items this week.
DAILY News  October 8, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Fissures within City Council over the future of the Town Lake Animal Center could become serious rifts with two rival items on the agenda for this Thursday's upcoming meeting...."

Animal Center Celebrates First Anniversary
First year has brought more than 7,000 adoptions
DAILY News  November 10, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...We journalists will do just about anything for cake, but there's a hell of a lot more to celebrate than that at today's festivities marking the first anniversary of the opening of the Austin Animal Center at 7201 Levander Loop...."

Budget Outlook Grim for Animal Center
City shelter will need to do more with less
News Story  August 10, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...As we reported two weeks ago ("$1 Million: The Next Price Tag on No-Kill," July 27), the new Austin Animal Center is understaffed, underfunded, and underwater as a result of what Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith calls "an incredible kitten season, just off the hook." We also reported that in an attempt to give shelter staff a fighting chance at maintaining its rather miraculous 90% live-outcome rate, Smith recently put in a request to City Council to add $1 million to her budget for fiscal year 2013...."

Town Lake Animal Center: The End of the Beginning of the End
Council moves closer to some resolution of the animal shelter problem, amidst furious protests.
DAILY News  October 12, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...It was just as bloody as expected. A capacity crowd at Thursday's council meeting saw the council make a step towards the closure and demolition of the Town Lake Animal Center and the construction of a new site at the proposed Health and Human Services Campus on Airport...."

Animal Advisory Commission Endorses APA! Takeover of Town Lake Animal Center
APA! is losing its lease on a Manchaca space in May
News Story  March 9, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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...."

Point Austin: Animal Passions
If the dogs recognized their spokesmen, they'd run the other way
News Column  October 19, 2007, by Michael King
"...The Town Lake Animal Center will stay where it is – and it will move to the Eastside...."

Five Years of No-Kill in Austin
What has the city learned about animal welfare, and how far does it have to go?
News Story  December 22, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...Before the policy was instituted, the city's live outcome rate – that is, the rate of animals who leave the shelter to foster or permanent homes, or third-party organizations like APA, hovered around 60%. When Patricia Fraga, a media liaison at the Austin Animal Center, began working at the shelter in 2009, animals were routinely euthanized for space...."

Exit Interview: Animal Services Chief Tawny Hammond
Hammond championed no-kill shelter policy in Austin
News Story  May 25, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...Accepting the new position and leaving Austin wasn't an easy decision, Hammond told the Chronicle in an exit interview at the Austin Animal Center. With the Levander Loop campus currently undergoing $5.9 million in renovations to expand kennel space, add pet adoption rooms, and improve drainage, "I feel like I'm leaving a perfect life." But her parents in Chicago and her in-laws in Michigan need support..."

Animal Shelters Take Action
With more volunteers and lower adoption rates, can we stay no-kill?
DAILY News  July 26, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...In the short term, the Austin Animal Center (7201 Levander Loop) and Austin Pets Alive! (1156 W. Cesar Chavez) are offering a "name your own adoption fee" special from July 28 through July 31..."

Austin Approaches Peak Boopability With Dogist and WeRateDogs Visits
Pup-centric fundraisers draw social media stars
DAILY Chron Events  February 7, 2019, by Kimberley Jones and Sarah K. Wolf
"...If you’re not dog-tired yet, pug people – you know who you are – will want to get to Sunday’s Valenpugs Gala at Mercury Hall. This year they’re showing the love with a romantic history themed setting, Italian dinner, and pug-themed silent auction benefiting Pug Rescue of Austin. But back to that dog in a cage on the cover this week: Now is a good time to remind everyone that the Austin Animal Center is forever overcrowded and sure could use your volunteer time and donations...."

Potential Neuter to Austin’s No-Kill?
The rules dictating when city animal shelters should spay or neuter lost pets may be changing, and may have an effect on the future of no-kill shelters
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...If a pet owner's animal isn't fixed and finds its way to the Austin Animal Center, that owner will spend a pretty penny getting it back. It's $100 for the first impound fee, $5 a day for room and board, and a $50 fine to avoid a spay/neuter..."

How Many Cats Did Austin Save Last Year?
By the numbers, shelter and animal advocate efforts show significant progress
News Story  April 3, 2009, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Some critics, most prominently the activist group FixAustin, relentlessly pound the "pound" – their pejorative term for the Town Lake Animal Center – as a shameful, outmoded "slaughterhouse" that kills, they say, roughly half of the animals taken into the facility. The most-cited numbers in general circulation are 10,000 to 12,000 euthanasias a year – although these gross and variable estimates make no attempt to distinguish between the necessary killing of ill or dangerous animals and the killing of those that (for whatever reason) have not been adopted in a reasonable time..."

No Room at Austin's Animal Inn
Lack of space already dogging new animal center
News Story  December 23, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...The brand-new Austin Animal Center on Levander Loop has everything a modern city could ask for in a shelter: dog "condos" complete with indoor showers and outdoor Astroturf, state-of-the-art veterinary facilities, and numerous play areas and display rooms where animals can charm their way into the homes of prospective owners...."

Gimme (Animal) Shelter
Swirling city politics, site selection, and – oh yes – animal welfare
News Story  August 24, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"..."I am 100 percent convinced that moving the animal shelter will have no impact on adoptions," counters Town Lake Animal Center Director Dorinda Pulliam...."

Point Austin: Saving the Animals
City considers outsourcing all animal adoption programs
News Column  September 17, 2010, by Michael King
"...The good news is that the Town Lake Animal Center's current "save" rate – the percentage of animals leaving the facility alive rather than euthanized – is somewhere north of 70%. (That's a rough estimate, not only because it's a month-to-month moving target, but also because the precise numbers often depend on who's counting and how.) And over the last two years, the annual euthanasia rate has declined from about 50% to 32%, a considerable accomplishment, but even better when measured against the 61% rate of a decade ago..."

Despite Understaffing, Austin Leads in No-Kill
98% of shelter animals found a home in March
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...In March, 98% of shelter animals went to foster families, permanent homes, or third-party organizations like Austin Pets Alive!, instead of being euthanized. And Austin Animal Center's Betty Dun­kerley Campus broke ground on an infrastructure improvement project in January..."

Austin's Most Eligible Dogs
Still single? Make a rescue dog your life partner.
Features Story  February 9, 2017, by Devaki Knowles
"...Note: Most of the businesses featured in our photo shoot made a special exception for our four-legged friends and do not normally allow dogs on their premises; Crux Climbing Center does welcome well-behaved dogs...."

Winograd Fixes Austin: NKE Knows Best
Nathan Winograd makes his case for 'taking back' the animal center
News Story  October 31, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Winograd – director of the California-based animal rights advocacy group No Kill Advocacy Center and owner of consulting firm No Kill Solutions – was the keynote speaker at the City Hall forum sponsored by animal activist groups, Austin Siamese Rescue, and the Central Texas Animal Alliance. He spoke at the Road to No Kill Austin forum, addressing primarily the issue of Austin animal shelter deaths – currently about 13,000 annually..."

City Hall Hustle: The Animal Kingdom
One more round of changes proposed for the shelter plans
News Column  March 12, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...Maybe it's abated, as this Thursday (March 11), City Council is primed to land a one-two punch that should make animal advocates happy: approving $12 million for a new animal center on Levander Loop in East Austin and adopting a 34-point plan to usher Austin into the no-kill future...."

Austin's Animal Partnership Model: Get Engaged
Spotlighting a handful of the nearly 100 local organizations working together to save Austin's animals
News Story  April 3, 2009, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...At each facility, it's abundantly clear there's something for everyone to do, whether directly adopting a pet or helping with a myriad of related chores. Opportunities abound for citizens to volunteer with the Town Lake Animal Center and its partner agencies – in addition to the many rescue groups with which the TLAC places animals. Austin Humane Society124 W..."

Proposed Animal Shelter Move Gets Community Howling
Plan to move ailing Town Lake Animal Center to East Austin creates strange bedfellows
News Story  June 15, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...What do no-kill-animal-shelter advocates, Eastside activists, and a West Austin neighborhood association have in common? For a constellation of reasons, including worries about affordable housing, Eastside self-determination, and not-in-my-back-yard neighborhood fears – not to mention what might be best for the animals – they all oppose moving the ailing Town Lake Animal Center to East Austin. While calling to mind that old adage about politics and strange bedfellows, the unlikely alliance magnifies simmering unease about Austin's animal shelter and control program...."

Does Austin Need Fixing? Ask Reno.
Animal shelter reform has meant less euthanasia in Reno – why not in Austin?
News Story  August 8, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"..."Reno v. Austin" is partly an adversarial call to arms and partly an infomercial for the No Kill Advocacy Center and its founder, Nathan Winograd, who as a paid consultant promotes his "No Kill Equation" nationwide as the only way to reduce the number of shelter deaths..."

Bias in Animal Adoption Center Criteria?
Council adopts recommendations for TLAC
News Story  July 1, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Given the 139 items on City Council's agenda last Thursday, you'd be forgiven for overlooking a few. But one not to be missed was Item 96, which called on council to adopt the Animal Advisory Com­mis­sion's criteria for selecting a nonprofit partner to operate the adoption center at the site of the current – soon to be former – animal shelter..."

In Deep Sorrow for the Animal Community of Austin
Postmarks  April 23, 2007
"...Howard Blatt is finally in a position to do everything he can to kill or limit free spay/neuter programs in Austin. Good people were asleep at the wheel and this atrocity occurred. For the last four to five years, I have done everything within my power to help to lower the kill rate at Town Lake Animal Center..."

Herding Cats ... and Dogs ... in Austin & San Antonio
The high cost of being a no-kill city
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...In other words, SAPA! will get $50 a head for every animal it takes out of ACS, not to exceed 4,000 animals over the year. Add that $200,000 to the $120,000 APA! is getting from its Town Lake Animal Center contract, and the $100,000 the group got for winning the ASPCA adoption challenge in November, and fiscal year 2012 is turning out to be a nice one both for Jefferson and her team and for the animals they rescue...."

Animal Shelter's Next Top Dog?
A brief look at the five candidates
News Story  December 24, 2010, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...• Jefferson may have simultaneously the most and the least support among stakeholders. Some credit her work as the director of APA with saving thousands of animals from the Town Lake Animal Center's euthanasia list last year; others claim her criticisms of other groups have harmed solidarity in Aus­tin's animal-rights community. Julie Seal..."

Animal Shelter Lawsuit
Citizen groups sue city, allege 'conspiratorial strategy' to keep animal shelter relocation decision away from public scrutiny
News Story  October 5, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...The 31 pages of legal petition and exhibits trace a most circuitous – possibly illegal, even criminal – city decision-making process. Delic­i­ously, says plaintiff's attorney Bill Ale­shire, City Manager Toby Futrell, and Town Lake Animal Center Director Dorinda Pulliam stand to be the star witnesses for his clients against City Council as discovery proceeds..."

Austin Needs Spay/Neuter Ordinance
Postmarks  May 4, 2010
"...Dear Editor, The goal of the no-kill resolution is to make sure no healthy adoptable animal is killed at Town Lake Animal Center. A goal I fully support, but I have a concern for the methods they plan to use..."

Animal Extravaganza
Pet Expo comes to Austin this weekend
DAILY News  October 7, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Listen up animal lovers: this is your weekend. That's right the Austin Pet Expo is coming to town Saturday from 10am to 6p at the Travis County Expo Center...."

Game On Austin
The Austin Chronicle and SXSW Gaming show off Austin's gaming bounty
Screens Story  October 23, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...The majority of the participating games are appropriate for the younger set, but Beat the Thief from UT's Center for Identity is designed specifically to teach 8- to 10-year-olds about Internet safety. Another learning experience in the guise of fun comes in the form of CodeSpells, wherein kids glean the basics of coding by formulating spells to see how they fare against baddies in a fantasy world...."

"Magistration Center" for APD?
Plan could save money, sidestep S-Comm immigration holds
News Story  September 4, 2014, by Tony Cantú
"...At the Aug. 28 City Council meeting, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo formally proposed the idea of establishing a "magistration center" to be run by the Austin Police Department – a facility that would eliminate the need to transport people arrested for minor infractions to the Travis County Jail for booking and processing (aka "magistration" by a municipal judge)..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2016 Grants
Program gives much-needed funds to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 29, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...This year's panel (administered by AFS head of film and creative media Holly Herrick), included Dennis Lim (programmer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and noted David Lynch scholar), Grace Lee (a Peabody Award-wining documentarian), and Daniel Patrick Carbone (one of the directors of SXSW title collective:unconscious and the upcoming Phantom Cowboys). You can read all about them here..."

Playback: Austin's Revamped Record Convention
The Austin Record Convention – the biggest in the country – returns Downtown
Music Column  May 21, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Hanners has rented out 275 tables, the most in the ARC's 34-year history, with dealers jetting in from Japan, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, and Korea to contribute to the labyrinth of LPs, CDs, and vintage music ephemera. Like them, Hanners, a former Discount Records employee who occasionally issues the Not Fade Away zine, will pluck and truck vinyl to the Palmer Events Center...."

Rodeo Austin: Your Guide to All the Bands, Barrel Racing, and Buckin' Broncs
Ludacris, Young the Giant, and mutton bustin’ top the bill
DAILY Chron Events  March 10, 2018, by Savannah Opre
"...Tap into your true Texan for some traditional Western rodeo entertainment. Rodeo Austin is back this Saturday, March 10, and runs until March 24 at the Travis County Expo Center...."

Point Austin: It Adds Up
The November ballot may look more like a shopping list
News Column  August 10, 2012, by Michael King
"...Yet he does want to adjust the details, preferring additional affordable housing funds be shifted to capital projects like Austin Studios, the Violet Crown trail, and Barton Springs Pool. Other council members had their own suggestions (e.g., the Dough­erty Arts Center could use some work, reminded Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole), and Mike Martinez (echoed by Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo) wondered if it didn't make sense to propose a small tax increase if $400 million would allow more flexibility on these various needs. The Shopping List..."

The Austin Premiere of Short Film Works by William Wegman
Sept. 6 event at the Design Center benefits EmanciPet
Screens Story  August 31, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...In 2006, they performed close to 17,000 surgeries, and their goal for this year is to do more than 18,000. Meanwhile, the Town Lake Animal Center euthanized more than 11,500 animals last year alone..."

Dusty-Danger Dog Day in Austin
Local Pooch Makes Good, Wins Friends, Influences People
DAILY Arts  August 16, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But how does a doggo, even a heckin’ good doggo, warrant such honors? By tirelessly stumping for local theatre and school fundraisers – like when he assayed his own form of Downward Dog for our current cover-story subject Adriene Mishler’s Fusebox Festival yoga gig at the Long Center. By accompanying his human and spreading woofish goodwill at arts centers and writers retreats across the nation..."

Yee-Haw! Rodeo Austin 2017 Lineup
Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, and Dwight Yoakam top the talent
DAILY Music  January 10, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Turns out that SXSW Music’s big band reveal this morning and Rodeo Austin’s talent announcement preceding it are perfectly complementary: The former boasts volume, while the latter unveils headliners. Among the country legends gracing the Travis County Expo Center March 11-25 are Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, and “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers...."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...But the Austin improv scene is fortunate to have a dedicated chronicler of its fleeting work. Photographer Steve Rogers has been training his lens on local troupes and shows since 2010 – both for publicity images and performance records – and has captured more than 500 shows on film, at all four of the city's improv centers and all of its major annual events..."

Rodeo Austin: Thirteen Days Left
Authentic ATX, SXSWers? Eight seconds will hook you
DAILY Music  March 16, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...By a miracle of real and metaphorical green lights the whole way to the Travis Country Expo Center, we arrived inside the at-capacity pig races barn some 13 minutes early. Smooth sailing from here, I thought..."

Austin Humane Society Free-Fur-All
AHS waives adoption fees for cats this weekend
DAILY News  July 29, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...The Austin Humane Society is sponsoring its very first free cat adoption on Saturday, July 31, from noon to 7pm at the shelter in North Austin. The event is necessary, they say, because the city is bursting at the seams with homeless cats: Town Lake Animal Center has seen its population increase 40% over last year, with 1,000 kitties coming to the shelter in just a three-month period..."

Sustainable Biodiesel: Made in Austin
How two guys are putting Austin on the biodiesel map … again
News Story  November 28, 2008, by Daniel Mottola
"...In the meantime, as head of the SBA, Plowman will widen his focus to broader issues, such as biodiesel's impact on global food supplies and climate change. And in bringing the SBA to his hometown, he'll be once more establishing Austin as a center of innovation for the biodiesel industry. Setting Industry Standards..."

Point Austin: Wish Lists
AFSCME steps up to the council budget table, and the bonds begin to take shape
News Column  July 29, 2005, by Michael King
"...• The Town Lake Animal Center wants $22.3 million to replace the current 50-year-old facility, on-site – bond committee buzz is that whole job could be done cheaper and more efficiently elsewhere than prime land Downtown...."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The City Council takes a hard look at the budget crisis -- and blinks.
News Column  September 12, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Money has been found for the Austin Music Network. Money has been found for the Mexican-American Cultural Center and the Terrazas branch library expansion..."

Austin Heart Of Film Festival Schedule And Information
Screens Story  October 2, 1998

Once Upon a Time in Austin
The films, the filmmakers, the crews, the making of a scene
Screens Story  March 12, 2004, by Louis Black

Austin's Waterloo
Taking a Walk along Waller
News Story  July 7, 1995, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...It's an amenity, an obstacle, and a dangerous threat. It's the Convention Center's front yard, Memorial Stadium's side yard, and maybe your backyard...."

Local participants, activists in Denmark for U.N. climate summit
News Story  December 11, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Aitkens is a co-director of UT's Campus Environmental Center, run by the student government. Active in the local chapter of the Sierra Student Coalition, she was selected by the Sierra Club in late October to attend COP15 as one of 16 student leaders from around the nation..."

10 Other Unclassifiable Austin Acts
Music Story  May 16, 2008
"...The vibe "Catchy, jazzy, subconsciously demanding, avant, progressive, artsy fartsy, nonrated." Low Red Center..."

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