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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
"...I was having a side conversation with Pat Valls-Trelles, onetime chair of the Animal Advisory Commission and current volunteer advocate, about the current commission and whether it's acting in an appropriate oversight capacity, when Commissioner David Lundstedt interjected. Then, volunteer Terry Colgan jumped to Valls-Trelles' defense, illustrating what has become, over the better part of a year, an increasingly fractious relationship between the city's Animal Services Office, the commission, and the cadre of disgruntled volunteers led by Valls-Trelles..."

Gimme (Animal) Shelter
Swirling city politics, site selection, and – oh yes – animal welfare
News Story  August 24, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
", a nonprofit advocating for the animal shelter to fulfill its 10-year-old council directive to become a "no kill" facility, has criticized the city for inadequate public input. 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..."

What Happened to the No-Kill Millennium?
Austin's plan to end wholesale euthanasia at Town Lake shelter remains a distant dream
News Story  November 18, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...In fact, she was immediately corrected – loudly and simultaneously – by at least three commissioners who pointed out that the absolute number of dogs coming in is nearly twice as high as cats, and that even if the trend is to give up dogs at an older age, the problem is still, ultimately, one of surplus animals. "I think the only way we're going to get out of this problem is spay/neuter," said Commissioner Pat Valls-Trelles...."

Tacky and Offensive
Postmarks  October 22, 2018

'Chronicle' Makes Mistake on Kill Rate
Postmarks  April 4, 2009

More Shelter No. 16
Postmarks  December 12, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Thank you for the excellent article “What Happened to the No-Kill Millennium?” [News, Nov. 18]. As long as “fanciers” like Jerry Dunham and others continue to breed animals – whether accidentally, as a “hobby,” or for profit – animal shelters will be in business, including the business of euthanizing animals, no matter how many spay/neuter laws Austin passes. Commissioner Pat Valls-Trelles is right: Spaying and neutering is the key to lowering the number of animals who enter shelters and reducing the need for euthanasia..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 8, 2002
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Columns  March 1, 2002
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