Thank you to FixAustin for once again compiling the City Council Candidates’ answers to questionnaires and at the candidate forum and producing this guide.

Each year, volunteers for comb through City Council candidate questionnaires, ask candidates tough questions, and debate the candidates’ responses and records in order to create an Animal Welfare Voter Information Guide for Austin citizens interested in animal-welfare issues. This year, Council Member Mike Martinez stood out with our highest ever Five+ Paws rating for his continued excellence and leadership in making Austin, Texas, America’s safest large city to be a homeless animal. Newcomer Dominic Chavez also impressed us. Here’s our take on this year’s slate of candidates.

Please check out their ratings before heading to the polls! Early voting has already begun and the election is Saturday, May 12th.


City Council Candidate Forum 2012

by admin on March 29, 2012

Once again, the Austin No-Kill Coalition, along with Love-a-Bull, Austin Pets Alive! , and FixAustin will be hosting a forum with the city council 2012 candidates.

The forum will be held on April 22 at 4pm at Abel’s on the Lake.  Please join us and help us show Austin’s City Council how much Austinites care about saving our homeless animals!

Here is the list of confirmed candidates so far:

  • Mike Martinez
  • Lee Leffingwell
  • Laura Pressley
  • Brigid Shea
  • Tina Cannon
  • Bill Spelman
  • Dominic Chavez
  • Sheryl Cole


Summary of No Kill Candidate Forum

May 1, 2011

Thank you so much to everyone who came out today for the No Kill City Council Candidate Forum. We had a great turnout and appreciate you all giving up your time on a Sunday to help our City’s homeless pets. The following is a brief summary of today’s event: Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Martinez started off […]

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City Council Candidate Forum

April 23, 2011

Please join us at the Austin No Kill Coalition City Council Candidate Forum on Sunday, May 1 at Ventana del Soul. This forum is being sponsored by Austin Pets Alive!,, Austin No Kill Coalition, and Love-A-Bull. All questions presented to city council candidates will focus on Austin’s efforts to make and sustain our city […]

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Austin No Kill Workshop

July 26, 2010

We hope you will join us on September 28, 2010, 8:30am to 5:30pm at the Westin Austin at the Domain for a No Kill Workshop featuring inspirational and informational talks by the nation’s preeminent no kill experts: Bonney Brown, Executive Director of the Nevada Humane SocietyAdoptions/Marketing Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Charlottesville SPCAExpanding your […]

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Public stakeholder meeting for hiring new shelter director

July 12, 2010

The City of Austin has hired an executive recruiter to help them hire the new director at TLAC. The recruiter is going to meet with the public (information below) this Thursday afternoon to hear what the public wants in a new director before coming up with a “profile” (job description). This is an important step […]

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No Kill Conference coming to Austin, September 28th

July 6, 2010

We’re so excited to announce that a no kill conference will be held in Austin on September 28th (registration info to come in about a week): Please join us for an inspiring daylong course on how to achieve a no-kill community. Leading experts in shelter management and shelter medicine will describe how to shift from a […]

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2010 City budget planning

June 16, 2010

Yesterday, the City hosted an Austin’s Citizen Input Meeting at the City Convention Center regarding the upcoming city budget.  We are pleased to report that no animal services budget cuts are on the table at this time. Additionally, they stated that the cost of the Implementation Plan has been included in next year’s budget. If […]

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Process for hiring new shelter director

June 10, 2010

At the Animal Advisory Committee meeting last night, two representatives from the City’s HR department were there to explain the process for hiring a new shelter director. Right now, they are hiring an executive recruiter.  Once the recruiter is hired, they will have a public forum to get community input on the kind of shelter […]

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Task Forces

April 7, 2010

The city is creating the following task forces, as part of the no kill plan. They have set up planning kick-off meetings for Austinites to come out and help develop more detailed plans: Public Awareness Task Force Meeting April 15, 2010 @ 6:00 pm Pit-Bull Task Force Meeting April 28, 2010 @ 6:00 pm Rescue […]

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