The City of Baytown is on the threshold of joining a national movement to ensure that no healthy adoptable dog or cat will ever be killed in a shelter again.
During its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24, City Council is scheduled to discuss a proposed resolution that would support Baytown becoming a no-kill city by 2025. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2401 Market St.
The goal as outlined in the resolution is that by 2025, 90 percent or more of all healthy adoptable animals entering the city’s animal control facility will be saved. Further, the resolution states that the city supports implementing programs and policies to become a no-kill facility by increasing live outcomes and decreasing euthanasia.
A coalition of animal rescue organizations is setting the national no-kill standard. Best Friends Animal Society and its network partners, including A Life to Live in Baytown, are leading the effort.
A Life to Live, a non-profit organization with a no-kill mission, initiated the push for a local no-kill resolution with full support from City Council member Robert Hoskins.
“Since its inception in 2014, A Life to Live has been Baytown’s no-kill advocate, working to establish positive and professional partnerships to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals within our local shelter. We value our relationship with the City of Baytown and commend Councilman Hoskins for his full-fledged support in helping enact this life-saving proposed resolution,” said Jay Garrett, founder and executive director of A Life to Live. “The passage of this proposed resolution would allow us to plant a stake in the ground, placing Baytown alongside some of the most progressive communities in the country that are working toward the same life-saving goals.
“In addition to attending the meeting Thursday night, we encourage the community to contact our city council members and city management in support of this proposed resolution.”
As part of the proposed resolution, the city supports working with the community, rescue and animal welfare groups, and the veterinary community to implement a comprehensive plan to reach the no-kill goal by 2025. That plan would be presented to City Council no later than Dec. 31, 2018.
The City of Baytown shall develop a Facilities and Operational Master Plan with funding provided in the 2017-2018 Annual Budget to further the goal referenced, as stated within the proposed resolution.
According to Best Friends Animal Society, approximately 2 million homeless dogs and cats are killed annually in America’s shelters. That means nearly 5,500 animals are killed every day.
Of the approximately 330 no-kill cities in the United States, eight Texas cities have achieved no-kill status. This is according to the national database project, Shelter Animals Count, and public websites.
Please note that A Life to Live is not the host of this event. This is a City of Baytown event. A Life to Live is sharing this public information to bring more awareness around animal welfare topics to the citizens of Baytown.