City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Animals Sterilized in the Community

Measure Description
This measure assesses the number of animals spayed/neutered in the community (as opposed to in the shelter) through our outreach programs and partners.
Calculation Method
The Animal Services Office receives a monthly count of animals spayed/neutered in the community from our partners, Emancipet and Austin Humane Society. The number of animals sterilized in the community is determined by monthly detailed invoices from the partners.
FY 2014-15 Results
The City of Austin sponsored 10,182 community-owned animals to receive spay/neuter surgeries, surpassing the goal of 7,500 by 2,682, or 35.76%. 
Assessment of Results
In the face of rapid population growth in our community, prevention services are more important than ever as a component of the programs of services that sustain Austin’s No Kill success.  Low/no cost spay and neuter surgeries are critical services provided to the community in an effort to stabilize, and ultimately reduce shelter intake of unplanned litters of kittens and puppies.  FY 2014-15 results exceeded the goal due to the focus on cat sterilizations and increased outreach promoting available free sterilization services.
Dog being held by Animal Services employee.
Next Steps
Animal Services will continue to expand prevention services focus on sterilizing community cats (free-roaming, un-owned) to reduce the number of neonatal kittens being surrendered to the shelter each year.  For example, Animal Services is partnering with Austin Humane Society  to increase the number of community cats that are trapped, neutered and returned (TNR) to their habitat, with a focus on the zip code areas that have historically produced the highest number of neonatal kitten intakes.   Increasing outreach and promoting available free sterilization services will need to continue to grow in order to keep up with the pace of population growth in Austin/Travis County.
Contact Information
For more information contact Tawny Hammond, Chief Animal Services Officer, at (512) 978-0536.