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[*A portion of this meeting is without audio.*]

[CALL TO ORDER]

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

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AND 10, 10 PEOPLE HERE FOR SAYS COMMUNICATION.

UH, SOME ARE VIRTUAL AND SOME ARE PRESENT.

SO LET'S START WITH THAT.

AND LET'S SEE, I GOTTA GET TO MY CLOCK.

CAUSE IT'S YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES EACH.

SO LET'S BEGIN WITH KELL BARLOW.

HE'S NOT ONLINE.

OKAY.

THEN LET'S GO WITH JEAN WHO? BREATH AND 10 PEOPLE HERE.

YES.

HELLO.

I'M HERE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YES.

OKAY.

GREETINGS, I'M THE DIRECTOR OF CLASSIC CANINES, A SENIOR DOG.

FSBC OUR VOLUNTEER BASED PROGRAM HAS OPERATED INSIDE THE SHELTER FOR 10 YEARS, SUPPORTING IN PLACING SENIOR DOGS.

AND I WANT TO GIVE A BRIEFING ON CURRENT SERVICING.

I FIRST WANT TO ESTABLISH CONTEXT OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, AUSTIN'S ANIMAL PARTNERS AND COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN ISOLATED FROM AWARENESS AND INPUTS INTO POLICY AND PROCEDURE CHANGES.

WE ASKED THE COMMISSION NOW TO ASK TO ACT ON THEIR CITY CODE PRINCIPLES, TO PROMOTE COLLABORATION AND FACILITATE COMMUNICATION BY ENSURING THE FUTURE OF NO KILLS IS PRESERVED BY ENGAGING ALL AGENCIES, WORKING TOGETHER WITHOUT BIAS AND WITHOUT CONFLICT AND WITHOUT A COMPETITIVE MISSION.

SOME FACTS THAT WE FEEL ARE NOT GETTING ATTENTION, ANIMALS REUNITED AND READ HOME BY THE PUBLIC ARE BYPASSING CITY CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAY, NEUTER AND MICROCHIPPING.

IN ADDITION TO MANSA PETS NOT RESTARTED THEIR FREE MOBILE CLINICS.

THIS IS DEFERRING PROBLEMS FOR YEARS TO COME CITY COUNCIL'S APPROVAL TO ALLOW APA TO SERVICE ANIMALS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF TEXAS AT TOWN LAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY PLACED AUSTIN'S ANIMALS INTO A COMPETITIVE SITUATION FOR RESOURCES.

THE ADJUSTMENTS THAT AAC MADE UNCHECKED BY OTHERS LED TO SOME UNDESIRABLE CIRCUMSTANCES.

WE DON'T FEEL THE COUNCIL UNDERSTOOD THE IMPLICATIONS.

DOG INTAKE IS DOWN 30% OVER THIS TIMEFRAME IN 2018.

HOWEVER, FINDING ADOPTERS FOSTERS AND LOCAL RESCUES THAT ARE WILLING TO HELP IS A CHALLENGE.

SINCE THE START OF RESCUE TRANSPORTS, 25% OF AUSTRALIA DOGS ARE NOW CLASSIFIED AS TWO YEAR OLDS FOR STRAYS.

THE AGED FLAG IS NO LONGER USED TO SIGNAL A PRIORITY INTAKE NEED, AND THAT'S A RED FLAG.

AND ALTHOUGH INTAKE IS DOWN 30% SENIOR DOG INTAKE IS DOWN 60%.

ANOTHER BIG RED FLAG.

THANKS LARGELY TO OUR FOCUSED ON SENIORS.

LESS THAN 5% OF THE SHELTER, KENNELS ARE OCCUPIED BY SENIOR DOGS.

THEY ARE NOT THE SPACE PROBLEM, AND MOST DO NOT GET PREMIUM KENNELS.

OVER 5% OF SENIOR DOGS INTAKE THIS YEAR WERE EUTHANIZED OR DIE TO HEALTHY UPON ARRIVAL.

SENIORS LOST THEIR LIVES AT THE SHELTER THIS YEAR IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF THEIR STAY.

ANOTHER RED FLAG, SENIOR DOGS ARE NOT ASSURED OF SUITABLE SAFE CLIMATE CONTROLLED KENNEL IN AUSTIN.

SENIOR MEDICAL CASES ARE PUSHED TO APA INTO THE MOST DISADVANTAGED KENNELS IN THE CITY WHILE WE'RE STILL SEEKING A FOSTER PROVIDER AND REQUEST TO ABSTAIN FROM THIS ARE CONTINUALLY DENIED BY BOTH AAC AND APA.

AND WE PRESENTED ON THIS BEFORE TO THIS COMMISSION.

TEN-YEAR-OLD ROCKY SPENT THE LAST 30 DAYS OF HIS LIFE IN A TOWN LIKE KENNEL RECENTLY, AND IT WAS UNNECESSARY,

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REASONABLE TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR SENIOR DOGS.

AWAITING FOSTERS SHOULD BE A STANDARD IN A NO KILL SHELTER.

AND LASTLY, 27 SENIOR DOGS WERE PUT ON RECIPES TRANSPORTS WITH 40% OF THEM BEING 10 OR OLDER.

WE DON'T FEEL THAT AUSTIN NEEDS TO BE THE AMAZON SHIPPER WITH A FULLY OPEN INVENTORY BOOK, BUT THE MODEL SHOULD BE BALANCED AND THOUGHTFUL SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED DOGS AND PRESERVING DOGS THAT CAN ACHIEVE GOOD LOCAL OUTCOMES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE TONIGHT, SO IF YOU COULD LIMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THREE MINUTES, I KNOW IT'S TRICKY, BUT IT CAN BE DONE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JANE.

OKAY.

LET'S HAVE RON COMO NEXT.

OKAY.

UH, LET'S HAVE, WELL, IF YOU GO OUT AND GET THEM, I WILL GO THROUGH THESE NAMES AGAIN, BUT WE GOT TO KEEP MOVING HERE.

SO, UH, WENDY MURPHY.

OKAY.

UH, LESLIE PADILLA.

I, CAN YOU HEAR ME MISS MR. NAME, SIR? YES, I CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YES.

AS I SAID, MY NAME IS LESLIE .

I'M A FORMER VOLUNTEER AT APA N AAC.

I'M HERE TONIGHT SIMPLY TO STATE THAT THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION IS NOT A FORCE FOR GOOD FOR AUSTIN'S ANIMALS.

STATE LAW REQUIRES TEXAS COUNTIES TO HAVE ANIMAL ADVISORY.

COMMISSION IS SECTION 8 23 0 0 5 OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE.

WHY TO ENSURE THAT ANIMAL SHELTERS COMPLY WITH STATE LAW ON SHELTER CONDITION AND IN COUNTIES OF OVER 75,000 PEOPLE.

THIS APPLIES TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SHELTERS.

YET WHEN I ASKED THE COMMISSION SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO PLEASE FULFILL ITS LEGAL OBLIGATION AND EXERCISE OVERSIGHT OVER THE PRIVATE SHELTERS IN TRAVIS COUNTY, A MAJORITY OF THIS BODY REFUSED TO DO THAT.

THE COMMISSION IS FAILING TO DO WHAT STATE LAW REQUIRES.

INSTEAD, THE COMMISSION HAS SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, MICROMANAGING AAC QUESTIONING THE DECISIONS OF SHELTER VETERINARIANS FOR RATING STAFF, ASKING FOR EVERY TYPE OF DATA POINT IMAGINABLE AND NOT TO MENTION HAVING FIGHTS WITH EACH OTHER THAT RESULTED IN ONE COMMISSIONER ABRUPTLY, LEAVING A MEETING.

I HOPE THE PERSON SPEAKING ON DECORUM AND COMMISSION MEETINGS REMEMBERS THAT INCIDENT, THE COMMISSION ISN'T EVEN SUPPOSED TO INVOLVE ITSELF IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF AAC.

NO, THAT SOUNDS ODD.

BUT CITY ORDINANCE CLEARLY SAID THAT THE COMMISSION IS TO QUOTE, ADVISED THE CITY COUNCIL ON ANIMAL WELFARE POLICIES AND ON BUDGET PRIORITIES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION AND THE COMMUNITY COMMENT EXCEPT ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SO I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S WITHIN THE COMMISSION'S AUTHORITY TO EVEN CONSIDER THE NO-CONFIDENCE RESOLUTION.

WHAT COULD BE MORE RELATED TO ADMINISTRATION THAN TO EXPRESSING YOUR GRIEVANCES ABOUT SHELTER MANAGEMENT? YOU CAN DO THAT ON YOUR OWN TIME.

I ALSO WANT TO MENTION AACS BUDGET WHEN APA WAS CAMPAIGNING LAST FALL TO BE ALLOWED TO DO LESS FOR THE CITY OF BOSTON, APA PUT A LONG RATIONALE ON ITS WEBSITE, WHICH INCLUDED THE STATEMENT THAT AAC HAS QUOTE, THE LARGEST BUDGET PER CAPITA AND PER ANIMAL OF ANY GOVERNMENT ANIMAL SHELTER IN THE NATION.

THIS IS NOT TRUE.

I THINK SOME COMMISSIONERS HAVE REPEATED THIS FALL.

SO THE COMMISSIONER MEETINGS, HOW DO I KNOW THIS? ISN'T TRUE BECAUSE I NOW LIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO.

AND WHEN ALBUQUERQUE CITY BUDGET RECENTLY PASSED, I NOTICED THAT THE BUDGET FOR ANIMAL WELFARE WAS PRETTY CLOSE TO AUSTIN, $16 MILLION.

IN FACT, THE COMBINED CITY COUNTY ANIMAL WELFARE BUDGET HERE IS 17.5 MILLION.

THE CITY COUNTY POPULATION.

THERE'S TWO SHELTERS CITY, AND THE CITY COUNTY POPULATION HAS LESS THAN $700,000 COMPARED TO TRAVIS.

COUNTY'S 1.3 MILLION.

I DO MISS SOME THINGS ABOUT AUSTIN, BUT ONE THING I DON'T MISS IS HOW PERVERTED THINGS HAVE GOTTEN BECAUSE OF NO KILL POLICIES IN AUSTIN AND THE BEHAVIOR OF THE MAJORITY OF THIS COMMISSION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, LESLIE.

OKAY.

SOMETHING I NEED TO DO REAL QUICK HERE.

I DIDN'T DO IT.

I NEEDED AN AUDIBLE ROLL CALL OF THE COMMISSION.

SO LET'S DO THIS.

WE'LL GET BACK TO THAT CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

JUST A SECOND.

UH, CRAIG NASER CHAIR.

I'M HERE.

NANCY NEMER.

NANCY NAMER.

I SEE HER HERE.

YES.

OKAY.

PALMER NEW HOUSE HERE.

JOANNE NORTON HERE.

LOUISE HERRERA HERE.

KRISTEN HANSEN HERE.

RYAN CLINTON.

LESLIE MITCHELL.

LISA MITCHELL, EXCUSE ME.

YEAH, LISA'S HERE.

YEP.

KATIE YARROW

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HERE.

LOT OF SMACK ULA HERE.

BEATRICE THOSE IDS.

I CAME FOR FOUR F AND DR.

PAGE NILSSON HERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU THAT WE GOT THAT DONE.

UM, SO NOW WE GO ONTO THE NEXT PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, WHICH WOULD BE, UH, LET'S SEE.

WE GO TO HERE.

SARAH AGUILAR, GOOD EVENING COMMISSION MEMBERS.

UH, MY NAME IS SARAH AGUILAR.

I'M THE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT APA.

I'M HERE TONIGHT JUST TO PRESENT ON OUR LICENSE AGREEMENT.

UM, THIS REPORT IS SENT OUT MONTHLY TO THE ADVISORY COMMISSION AND TO THE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN ANIMAL SHELTER.

I'M IN AGREEMENT WITH THE TERMS OUTLINED IN THE CURRENT LICENSE AGREEMENT.

UM, THERE'S A HANDFUL OF THINGS THAT WE NEED TO REPORT ON.

UM, AND THERE'S SOME ADDITIONAL DATA THAT IS IN THIS REPORT.

I DON'T BELIEVE THE REPORT MADE IT INTO THE BACKUPS.

THAT'S OKAY.

YES.

I DIDN'T POST IT BEFORE THEY SAY CLERK'S DEADLINES.

SO IT'D BE, SHOULD BE UP THERE TOMORROW MORNING.

PERFECT.

UM, THANKS JASON.

JASON'S JUGGLING A LOT OF RULES RIGHT NOW FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW WITH BLEND OUT.

UM, ANYWAY, UH, JUST SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTHLY REPORT, UM, COMBINED BETWEEN AAC AND APA.

WE TOOK IN OVER 2,400 ANIMALS COMPLETED NEARLY A THOUSAND SPAN NEUTERS SURGERIES WITHIN THE SHELTERS, UM, HAVE OVER 1600 ANIMALS IN FOSTER AND OVER 1300 COMBINED BETWEEN THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS, UM, THIS IMPACT ON NOT ONLY AUSTIN, UM, BUT TRAVIS COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS IS MASSIVE.

THE LICENSE AGREEMENT DOES REQUIRE US TO TAKE A LEAVEN PERCENT OF THE PRIOR FISCAL YEARS INTAKE, WHICH IS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING.

SO IN THE REPORT WE REPORT ON BOTH THIS YEAR'S TRANSFERS AS A PERCENTAGE OF PRIOR FISCAL YEAR, BUT ALSO OF THIS FISCAL YEAR, UM, JUST FOR COMPARISON AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES.

UM, THIS MONTH FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE HAD A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DISCREPANCY BETWEEN TRANSFER NUMBERS, UH, BETWEEN APA AND AAC AND JASON AND I ARE WORKING ON TRYING TO SORT THAT OUT RIGHT NOW.

UNFORTUNATELY IT WASN'T DONE BEFORE FRIDAY.

UM, BUT YOU CAN SEE IN THE REPORT, UM, NOT ONLY THE DIFFERENCES IN, IN THOSE NUMBERS, BUT THERE'S ALSO SUPPORTING DATA OF ALL OF THE ANIMALS.

UM, AS WE TRY TO WORK OUT THE EIGHT NUMBERS, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S BEEN AN ONGOING CONTESTED, UH, REPORTING POINT IS THAT, UM, APA DOES NOT COUNT OR SORRY.

AAC DOES NOT COUNT ANIMALS THAT ARE BORN IN CARE TO APA AS PART OF TRANSFERS.

ALTHOUGH, UM, THE UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THEY WOULD BE BORN AT AAC.

UM, IF THE MOTHERS WERE TO HAVE STAYED THERE.

SO, UM, WE ALSO REPORT SEPARATELY ON THE ANIMALS THAT ARE BORN IN CARE, UM, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD BE INCLUDED, UM, IN LIVES THAT ARE SAVED.

UM, THE LAST, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT WAS.

OH, THE LAST PIECE IS THAT THE, UM, WE REPORT ON SURVIVAL RATES OF PETS THAT WERE TRANSFERRED TO ACE, TO APA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES.

THIS INCLUDES MED URGENT MED ATTENTION, PARVO, UH, NEONATAL IS PANLEUK.

UM, THOSE ARE ALL PART OF OUR AGREEMENT AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THE SURVIVAL RATES.

SO WE LOOK AT THOSE FROM THE MONTH PRIOR.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, THIS IS THE APA REPORT, WHICH SHOULD BE UNDER BRIEFINGS, THE AAC REPORT OR THE WHAT OR THE, I'M SORRY, THE APA REPORT.

WE DIDN'T PUT IT ON THE AGENDA.

RIGHT.

SO IF IT'S, IF IT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA, IT'S NOT IN A BRIEFINGS, WE CAN'T ASK YOU QUESTIONS CAUSE YOU'VE DONE IN OUR CITY COMMUNICATIONS, BUT IN THE FUTURE, WE NEED TO DO IT.

YES.

AND I UNDERSTOOD THAT THOSE WERE QUARTERLY REPORTS.

I THINK, I THOUGHT THEY WERE JUST SUPPOSED TO SEND THE REPORT TO THE COMMISSION MONTHLY, AND THEN WE POST THIS BACKUP, BUT NOT NECESSARILY HAVE A BRIEFING ON IT.

CORRECT.

THEY'RE ONLY REQUIRED TO BE QUARTERLY.

I DO KNOW THAT THAT'S THE COMMISSION REPORTS, NOT THE LICENSE AGREEMENT REPORTS.

YES.

NOT, NOT FOR TONIGHT, NOT QUARTERLY.

RIGHT.

SORRY.

SO MY QUESTION IS IT GOES, IT DOESN'T GO IN AND SEE, IT'S

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NOT STAFF BRIEFINGS ANYMORE.

THEY'VE CHANGED IT TO BRIEFINGS AND IT GOES UNDER BRIEFINGS.

IT THAT'S WHERE IT SHOULD GO QUARTERLY.

I KNOW, BUT SHE'S SPEAKING WHEN IT'S NOT QUARTERLY, SHE'S SPEAKING MONTHLY.

SO CAN THE MONTHLY REPORT ALSO GO UNDER STAFF BRIEFINGS? I'LL HAVE TO CHECK THAT.

OKAY.

COULD YOU CHECK THAT? YEAH, I'LL CHECK THAT.

I CAN CHECK THAT.

OKAY.

SO, UH, NEXT IS, UH, RHONDA PICKENS.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE LATER? UH, IF YOU'RE NOT COMMENTING ON ANYTHING ON THE AGENDA, THEN WE HAVE TO DO IT NOW.

OKAY.

THANKS.

HI, MY NAME IS RHONDA PICKENS AND I'M A CITIZEN, BUT I COME TO SUPPORT THE EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

UM, CAUSE I THINK Y'ALL SHOULD KNOW, UM, THAT THEY DESERVE SOME MORE ATTENTION THAN THEY'RE GETTING.

UM, PEOPLE TEND TO THINK OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE IS HAVING THESE EASY JOBS WHERE THEY GET TO PLAY WITH PUPPIES ALL DAY LONG AND THAT'S NOT WHAT THEIR JOB ENTAILS.

UM, THEY DEAL WITH BEHAVIOR ISSUES WITH, UM, SO MUCH STRESS, UM, COMPASSION, FATIGUE, AND THEY NEED SUPPORT, NOT JUST, UM, IN TERMS OF, YES, THEY NEED TO BE PAID AND PAID WELL AND ALL OF THAT, BUT THEY NEED SOME KINDNESS TO THEM TOO.

UM, AND THEN, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT THAT I WANT TO MAKE IS THAT I THINK IT'S CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT OF THE CITY, THAT THERE IS NO SHADE ON HIM AT THE, AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

AND THAT THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THE PLAYGROUP WHEN IT'S 107 DEGREES, DON'T HAVE SHADE.

UM, AND THE, THE, UM, THE AWNING IS BOUGHT, BUT NOBODY IS MAKING IT GET PUT UP.

IT'S BEEN HERE FOR A YEAR AND IT'S STILL ROLLED UP SOMEWHERE.

WOULD YOU WANT TO GO OUT IN 107 DEGREE WEATHER AND NOT HAVE ANY SHADE TO GET INTO? AND THAT'S ON TOP.

IT WOULD HELP THE DOGS TOO.

THEY HAVE, I MEAN, THE, THE ARTIFICIAL GRASS THAT WAS PUT DOWN AGAINST ALL ADVICE IS GETTING VERY, VERY HOT.

SOME OTHER PEOPLE WILL TALK TO YOU ABOUT HOW HOT, UM, AND IT, AT SOME POINT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME OF THESE VALUABLE EMPLOYEES PASSING OUT AT WORK.

AND I KNOW IT'S PARTLY THE BUILDING COMMISSION OR SOMETHING THAT, BUT THERE'S EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES.

THERE'S NO REASON WHY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, SOMEBODY CAN'T GET THAT SHAPE PUT UP.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RHONDA.

OKAY.

UH, EMILY WELLS HELLO.

MY NAME IS EMILY WELLS.

I'M A FORMER AAC VOLUNTEER FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS.

I'VE HAD A STATEMENT PREPARED FOR TONIGHT ABOUT A DOG NAMED CHIEF AND THE HORRENDOUS DECISIONS THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM HAS MADE ON CHIEF'S BEHALF.

BUT AS I WAS PREPARING EARLIER TODAY, WHAT I KEPT COMING BACK TO WHERE THE COUNTLESS CONVERSATIONS I HAVE HAD WITH CURRENT VOLUNTEERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE EVERYTHING TO LOSE BY SPEAKING TO YOU TONIGHT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, FEAR OF BEING FIRED BY THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM HAS COME UP AS PEOPLE DEBATE, WHETHER OR NOT TO VOICE WHAT ARE EXTREMELY VALID CONCERNS.

THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM HAS NOT ONLY THREATENED TO FIRE VOLUNTEERS.

THEY HAVE FOLLOWED THROUGH ON THOSE THREATS FOR A MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT REGULARLY CLAIMS THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES.

THEY SURE GET QUICK TO FIRE, GET RID OF THE FREE LABOR THAT SHOWS UP EVERY DAY AND FILLS GAPS BY CLEANING KENNELS, FEEDING ANIMALS, WALKING DOGS, PROVIDING ENRICHMENT COUNSELING, FOSTERS, AND ADOPTERS.

THE LIST GOES ON.

I RECOGNIZE THAT TO MANY AND LIKELY TO THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM, IT SEEMS DRAMATIC TO CALL BEING FIRED FROM AN UNPAID VOLUNTEER ROLE, OR YOU OFTEN LEAVE COVERED IN POOP, EXHAUSTED AND SWEATY, LOSING EVERYTHING.

BUT WHAT THEY CAN'T GRASP IS THAT FOR MANY VOLUNTEERS, ALL OF YOUR FREE TIME IS SPENT WITH THE ANIMALS, BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY.

IF YOU'RE NOT PHYSICALLY WITH THEM, YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEIR IDEAL HOME IS.

YOU'RE AGONIZING OVER WHETHER OR NOT THERE'LL BE TRANSFERRED.

DID THEY DESTROY THE NEW BED YOU JUST PUT IN THEIR KENNEL? DOES THAT MEAN THEY'RE SLEEPING ON HARD CONCRETE AND FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO SERVE THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN THE SHELTER BEHAVIOR AND SENIOR ANIMALS, ALL OF THOSE CONCERNS ARE AMPLIFIED WORRYING.

IF THEY WILL RECEIVE THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED, OR IF THAT NEED WE'LL GET THEM TRANSFERRED BEFORE YOU

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CAN HELP.

IF ALL OF A SUDDEN A BITE FROM MONTHS AGO WILL BE RE-EXAMINED AND MEAN YOU'LL ULTIMATELY BE IN A FIGHT WITH YOUR BACK AGAINST THE WALL TO SAVE THAT ANIMAL'S LIFE.

THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM HAS CREATED A CULTURE OF FEAR AND FOR YEARS IT HAS WORKED, BUT BASED ON THE ROOM TONIGHT AND THOSE OUTSIDE, SOME EXTREMELY BRAVE PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO STAND UP.

AS YOU LISTEN TO PEOPLE'S TESTIMONIES, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO IMAGINE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE IN THEIR SHOES TO IMAGINE EXACTLY WHAT IT IS THEY'RE RISKING BY BEING HERE TO FIGHT FOR AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND ALL THE ANIMALS THEY KNOW AND LOVE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EMILY.

UH, LET'S HAVE THIS WILL, UH, LET'S HAVE ASHLEY NEILS.

HELLO.

UM, FIRST I WANT TO START OFF BY KIND OF HEARKENING BACK TO WHEN I SPOKE LAST TIME.

UH, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED BEYOND HAVING A ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATION WITH OUR HR REPRESENTATIVE, UM, REGARDING OUR TOXIC WORK PLACE CULTURE.

AND SO I WANT TO SAY THAT IF CITY HALL, SPENCER CRONK AND THE REST OF Y'ALL, UH, REALLY WANT AUSTIN, I USED TO BELIEVE THAT YOU CARE ABOUT US.

YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO REACH OUT.

UM, AND LET US TALK ABOUT THE STRESS AND PAIN THAT WE ARE UNDER, UM, BECAUSE YOU SHOULD SIT WITH CARE ABOUT THE CITY EMPLOYEES.

UH, NEXT IS WHAT IS NEAREST AND DEAREST TO MY HEART FOR ANYBODY THAT KNOWS ME, UH, BEHAVIOR AND ENRICHMENT BEHAVIOR AND ENRICHMENT IS NECESSARY.

IT'S NOT AN EXTRA BONUS THAT WE GIVE TO THE DOGS THAT MAKES US LIKE COOL AND EXCITING.

LIKE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE FOR THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS, AND IT NEEDS TO BE TREATED LIKE IT IS ESSENTIAL.

THE BEHAVIOR TEAM IS ESSENTIAL.

UM, AS FAR AS SOMETHING THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, MAYBE OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT NOT WANT TO SAY, UM, WE DO NEED TO WORK AS ONE LARGE SHELTER.

THE CITY IS NOT FIVE DIFFERENT, LITTLE RESCUES AND SHELTERS AND EVERYTHING.

WE ARE ONE CITY THAT NEEDS TO WORK TOGETHER.

WE NEED TO PLAY TO THE STRENGTHS THAT EACH PLACE HAS.

WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT PROGRAMS WORK BEST FOR WHAT DOGS.

AND WE NEED TO SHIFT THOSE DOGS THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THEY CAN MOVE THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND THEY CAN GET OUT OF HERE IN THAT SAME VEIN, VERY UNPOPULAR OPINION UNTIL OUR DOGS CAN BE ADOPTED IN A TIMELY MANNER.

AND AUSTIN, I AM GOING TO SUPPORT TRANSPORT.

OUR DOGS DESERVE BETTER THAN TO SIT IN THEIR KENNELS FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS WHEN THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM.

AND I HAVE SEEN MY KIDS LEAVE, GO SOMEWHERE AND GET ADOPTED IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THEY ARE A NICE, SMALLER, BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

IF WE CAN'T TAKE CARE OF HER DOGS, WE NEED TO SEND THEM TO SOMEPLACE THAT WILL.

AND, UH, LASTLY, UM, SINCE WE DIDN'T GET TO SPEAK ABOUT CHIEF, UM, WHAT WE DID WITH CHIEF WAS WRONG.

I KNOW THAT IT CAME FROM A GOOD PLACE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO HELP DOGS, BUT WE CANNOT LET GO OF OUR VALUES IN ORDER TO QUOTE UNQUOTE PROTECT DOGS.

WE HAVE TO STICK TO HUMANELY TREATING OUR ANIMALS AND FINDING THE PROPER PLACEMENTS FOR THEM, NOT JUST STICKING THEM SOMEWHERE SO WE CAN SAY WE DID SOMETHING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, ASHLEY.

UH, SO, OKAY.

UH, LET'S GO.

THIS IS KEL BARLOW.

DID WE GET HIM BACK RON COMO OR WENDY MURPHY.

OKAY.

WELL LET'S MOVE ON THEN.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, LET'S SEE.

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

SO WE NEED APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

THE MINUTES HAVE BEEN POSTED.

DO I HEAR A MOTION? KRISTIN MOVES TO PROVE MR. I HAVE A SECOND PAGE SECONDS.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR, ANYONE OPPOSED PASSES UNANIMOUSLY WITH, UM, THAT'S 12? CAUSE WE HAVE SOMEONE CRAIG, I WANT TO POINT OUT I WASN'T HERE LAST MONTH, SO I CAN'T VOTE ON THEM.

OKAY, GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

I, I'M NOT SURE THAT'S A RULE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO ABSTAIN, SO HAVE STAINS.

IT MAKES SENSE.

HUH? OKAY.

SO, UM,

[2a. Austin Animal Center and Animal Services Reports]

LET'S SEE.

BRIEFINGS,

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OSS ANIMAL CENTER AND ANIMAL SERVICES REPORTS.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

THE LIVE EXIT RATE FOR MAY WAS 96.7%.

WE HAD A TOTAL OF 1,395 ANIMALS COME INTO THE SHELTER.

UH, 473 WERE ADOPTED AND WE HAD 108 THAT WERE RETURNED TO THEIR OWNERS.

UH, I'M NOT GOING TO READ ALL THIS TO YOU BECAUSE IT WAS IN YOUR BACKUP, BUT UH, ANIMAL PROTECTION OFFICERS RETURNED 53 OUT IN THE FIELD.

WE DID GIVE OUT 32 FENCING APPLICATIONS AND, UH, THEY ALSO IMPLIED IT IMPLANTED SIX MICROCHIPS OUT IN THE FIELD AS WELL.

YOU CAN SEE ALL OUR WILDLIFE, UH, POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED AND STARTED.

AND THEY'RE REPORTING, UH, THE COYOTE ENCOUNTERS IN YOUR PACKET.

[2b. AAC Staffing and Services]

WE HAD 313 VOLUNTEERS WHO DONATED 4,399 HOURS TO THE CENTER LAST MONTH.

AND LAST MONTH, IF YOU DIDN'T SEE IT, UH, THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE DID VOTE THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AS THE BEST VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR.

THE COORDINATORS HAVE HELD FIVE ORIENTATIONS, UH, FOR VOLUNTEERS IN MAY AND WE HAD 140 ANIMALS DIRECTED, DIRECTLY ADOPTED FROM FOSTER CARE.

WE PROCESSED 220 NEW APPLICATIONS AND CURRENTLY 916 MEMBERS IN THE FOSTER PROGRAM.

WE HAD 254 ANIMALS THAT WERE TRANSFERRED TO 17 INSTATE PARTNERS.

AND WE HAD 83 DOGS THAT WERE TRANSPORTED TO 11 OUT OF STATE PARTNERS.

I'M GOING TO GO INTO, UH, WELL, LET ME FINISH THIS, THE VET SERVICES, UH, THEY WERE QUITE BUSY AS USUAL AND DID, UH, 1,228 EXAMS. THEY DID 81 EMERGENCY CASES THAT WERE TREATED AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

AND 85 EMERGENCIES WERE TRANSFERRED TO US FROM THE EMERGENCY CLINIC.

UH, EIGHT ANIMALS RECEIVED SPECIAL ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY AND 178 ANIMALS WERE PULLED BY AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

FOR MEDICAL REASONS.

WE HAD FIVE MINUTE URGENTS, 21 MEDICAL ATTENTION, 1 31 NEONATES, 19 PANLEUK, 19 PARVO AND TWO THAT WERE PREGNANT.

THE PET RESOURCE CENTER, UM, THE 193 FOUND ANIMAL REPORTS AND 243 LAST ANNUAL REPORTS ARE FILED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

AND WE HAD, UM, OVER 247 FOLKS THAT WE HELPED WITH BASIC PET ITEMS, INCLUDING FOOD LEASHES, CRATES, UM, AND THE SUCH AND MOST OF THAT WAS DONE FROM THE FIELD MEETING THEM WHERE THEY WERE, BECAUSE MOST OF THOSE FOLKS AREN'T ABLE TO GET TO US TRANSPORTATION ISSUES.

I'M GOING TO GO INTO STAFFING AND SERVICES, UH, STAFFING.

UH, WE CURRENTLY HAVE 33 OPEN POSITIONS BETWEEN A FULL-TIME AND TEMPORARY OF THAT 24 ARE IN THE HIRING PROCESS CURRENTLY, WHICH, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD BE IN A BACKGROUND CHECKS.

THEY COULD BE IN INTERVIEW PROCESS AND WE HAVE NINE POSTS THAT ARE STILL LOOKING FOR FOLKS.

WE HAD 12 EMPLOYEES OUT IN MAY DUE TO COVID AND FRIDAY THE CITY MOVED THE COVID TO MEDIUM RISK LEVEL.

SO, UH, IT IS MOVING UPWARDS AND WE DID NOTICE IT LAST MONTH AMONG OUR EMPLOYEES

[2c. AAC Public Communications on Services]

IN COMMUNICATIONS.

UH, THE MONTH OF MAY WAS WE PROMOTED THE NATIONAL DOG RESCUE DAY ON MAY 20TH.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF OUR LARGE EVENTS.

UH, WE DID, UH, FOR OFFSITE EVENTS THAT, UH, RESULTED IN 12 ADOPTIONS OFFSITE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WERE EXCITED ABOUT IS, UH, ONE OF OUR ANIMALS AND HIS FAVORITE BUCKET WAS SHARED ON THE DODO AND DOGS OF INSTAGRAM, WHICH KIND OF WAS A BIG

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DEAL.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, IT WAS A VERY CUTE AND IT WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED AND IT WENT A LONG WAY, BUT STILL NO ADOPTION AT THIS POINT.

UM, WE HAD A LOT OF POST, 132 POSTS THAT WERE TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, LONG STAYS HIRING FOSTER PLEAS, VOLUNTARY RECRUITMENT, UH, DOGS IN CRATES NEEDED HELP.

UM, NUMBER OF PETS FEATURED AND MENTIONED, UH, AND WE TALKED ABOUT HOME TO HOME AND SELF-SUPPORTING AND REHOMING, AND THEN WE ALSO POSTED, FOUND PETS AS THEY CAME IN SEVERAL TIMES WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT NEEDING ASSISTANCE.

UH, OUR, SOME OF OUR POSTS WENT TO HIGH NUMBER ABOUT 160,000 FOLKS ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK AND MOST IN SOME OF THEM WERE SHARED BY 19 ORGANIZATIONS.

SO WE, WE DID GET QUITE A BIT OF TRACTION WITH THAT.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME? COOL.

THANKS.

WELL, THANKS FOR THE GOOD LIFE OUTCOME AGAIN.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF, UM, I FELLOW COMMISSIONERS ARE, I HAVE SEEN IT, BUT ON JUNE 9TH, THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE THAT SAID TEXAS IS ONCE AGAIN, THE NUMBER ONE STATE IN THE COUNTRY FOR ANIMAL SHELTER DEATHS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS WITH, UH, THE AVERAGE SAVE RATE IS 80.8% IN 2021, UH, WHICH IS AWFUL.

AND CATS ARE DYING AT A RATE OF TWO TO ONE OVER DOGS.

AND WE, I THINK AS A COMMISSION OFTEN TALK ABOUT DOG ISSUES, BUT I THINK WE HAVE A GOOD CAT.

YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THE CATS ARE BEING SAVED, BUT WE NEED TO MAYBE LOOK AT THE CAT PROGRAM A LITTLE BIT AND SEE IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO TWEAK THAT.

SO WE'RE CLEARLY DOING BETTER THAN THE REST OF THE STATE BY A LOT, BUT IT'S JUST SAD THAT THESE NUMBERS ARE SO HIGH WITHIN THE STATE.

UM, IT WASN'T OUR MICROCHIP CLINIC IN MAY WE CANCELED THE MICROCHIP CLINIC.

WE HAVE ONE IN MAY.

OKAY.

SO THE MICROCHIP CLINIC ISN'T ON HERE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT.

UM, WE DID A MICROCHIP CLINIC IN DISTRICT THREE AND IT WAS REALLY TERRIFIC AND IT WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO HAVE SUCH A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT IN THE MICROCHIP CLINIC.

THANKS TO, UM, UH, CHRIS CHRISNER COMMISSIONER HERRERA, UM, WHEN THE CITIZENS PULLED UP AND I WOULD SAY MAYBE THERE WERE LIKE A THIRD CATS TOO.

THERE WERE A LOT OF CATS.

THEY WOULD PULL UP IN THEIR CAR AND THEY FELT THEIR FARM THEY'D COME OVER.

AND, UM, I WAS THERE ALSO, UH, ANIMAL PROTECTION WOULD TAKE THE CAT OR DOGS INTO BE MICROCHIP.

UM, CONSTABLES WERE THERE FROM THE AREA TO COME IN AND MEET THE PEOPLE AND TALK TO THEM.

THEY HAD A BUNCH OF GIVEAWAYS AND, UM, REALLY ENGAGED THE COMMUNITY.

AND THEN THEY WENT FROM THERE TO, AND THEN I TALKED TO HIM ON THE AUSTIN PETS ALIVE PAST PROGRAM, BROUGHT AN ENTIRE VAN FULL OF FOOD.

SO WE TELL THEM THAT THERE WAS SOME FOOD THERE.

UH, MUCH, MANY OF THEM SAID WE DON'T NEED IT, BUT OUR NEIGHBORS DO SO, BUT THEY WENT FROM THERE TO THE NEXT STATION, WHICH WAS A MANSA PET.

SO THEY COULD MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR SPAY, NEUTER AND SHOTS LIKE RIGHT THERE.

THEN THEY JUST DROVE THEIR CAR A LITTLE BIT FARTHER AND PICKED UP FOOD FROM, UH, THE PAST PROGRAM, WHICH RAN OUT BEFORE WE WERE DONE WITH THE MICROCHIP CLINIC.

AND I THINK WE DID MAYBE 60 CHIPS OR SO 48 OR 48.

AND IT WAS A SUNDAY MORNING.

SO THERE WAS THAT, BUT IT'S STILL GOOD.

YES, I DID.

80 INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY AND INVITE EVERYBODY.

THE SOLUTION NEEDS TO NOT ONLY THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, THE SOLUTION IS NOT ONLY ON US.

I THINK WE NEED TO INVOLVE EVERYBODY.

UH, WE'RE PLANNING TWO MORE ONE WITH DISTRICT SIX, ONE MORE WITH THESE THREE, FOUR, AND GIVE, KEEP WORKING ON THESE ONES.

SORRY.

THE LAST ONE LAST WEEK WAS CANCELED.

UH, THE AUSTIN ANNUAL CENTER, WE HAVE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING AND WE DON'T WANT TO PUT IT IN ANY DANGER, ANY HUMAN OR ANY PET.

THANK YOU, KATE.

THANK YOU.

YES, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A STAFF BRIEFING.

AND SO THIS SHOULD BE A TIME, NOT FOR A COMMENT, BUT FOR QUESTIONS.

UM, AND JUST A REMINDER, I'M GOING TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE ROBERT'S RULES, BUT, UM, THE CHAIR SHOULD RECOGNIZE, UH, EVERYONE TO SPEAK.

SO, BECAUSE THIS IS TOUGH BRIEFING, WE SHOULD STICK TO QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

YEAH.

WHAT A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS AS IS TO BEAT, PUT IT AS A PART OF THE STAFF BRIEFING.

YOU KNOW, I'M A GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT IT, BUT YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO, OKAY.

SO HELP ME UNDERSTAND.

SO IF I HAD ASKED HIM AND SAID, OH, THE MICROCHIP CLINIC WASN'T

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ON HERE, COULD YOU TALK ABOUT IT? YEAH, THAT WOULD BE WORK OR, OR HE COULD, HE COULD SAY, JOANNE, WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT THE MICROCHIP CLINIC? OKAY.

THAT, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

OKAY.

YEAH, THAT WAS APOLOGIZE.

IT WAS, SINCE IT, SINCE THAT COMMITTEE WAS TAKEN OFF, IT JUST GOT OVER AND THAT'S THAT'S OKAY.

LET'S MOVE ON.

UH, WE GOT THE NEXT THING, WHICH IS A PARLIAMENTARIAN.

YES.

WE HAVE A QUESTION.

YES.

I DID HAVE A QUESTION.

THANK YOU.

UM, JUST FOR DR.

LON IN APRIL, Y'ALL RIGHT.

99% FOR THE ANIMAL AVAILABLE ANIMALS BEING SPAYED, NEUTERED DROPPED TO 93%.

IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE STAFF BEING OUT SHORTAGES.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YEAH.

YES.

I'D LIKE TO MAKE ONE MORE COMMENT.

UH, EMANCIPATE, YOU HEARD IT EARLIER THAT, THAT THEY WEREN'T DOING MOBILE.

THEY ARE DOING MOBILE.

THEY'RE JUST NOT DOING THE SURGERIES THERE.

THEY WILL SHOW UP THAT WILL DO THE VOUCHERS AND THE PEOPLE WILL COME TO THE BRICK AND MORTAR AND THEY'RE DOING THE ASSIGNMENT.

THEY'RE DOING THE NUMBER OF SURGERIES THAT THEY WOULD BE DOING IF THEY WERE DOING THEM THERE FOR US.

AND SO THEY ARE MEETING THEIR PERFORMANCE STANDARDS WITH US CURRENTLY, BUT THEY'RE DOING THEM ALL AT THEIR BRICK AND MORTAR RATHER THAN IN THEIR MOBILE CLINICS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES.

UH, THANK YOU, DIRECTOR BLAND.

UH, YOU SAID THAT THERE ARE 34 CURRENT VACANCIES AT 33 33 33.

AND I BELIEVE LAST MONTH YOU DID YOU SAY THERE WERE SEVEN VACANCIES LAST MONTH? I THINK LAST MINUTE, I THINK THAT WAS TWO MONTHS BEFORE THERE WAS A 13 LAST MONTH.

IT WAS 13 FROM, FROM THE LAST REPORT THAT YOU GAVE US.

I BELIEVE IT WAS 7, 2 33.

IS THAT, IS THAT ACCURATE? THERE W THERE WAS A REPORT WHERE YOU SAID THERE WERE SEVEN VACANCIES AND NOW WE'RE AT 33.

IS THAT I THINK I MIGHT'VE JUST GIVEN YOU THE VACANCIES THAT WERE IN THE PROCESS THAT WERE OPEN AND NOT IN THE PROCESS.

AND THIS, I BROKE IT DOWN.

THIS IS HOW MANY TOTAL OPEN VACANCIES, HOW MANY WERE IN PROCESS OR IN THE PROCESS OF BEING HIRED AND HOW MANY, SO WE ONLY HAVE NINE POSITIONS THAT AREN'T BEING FILLED AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY, WELL THEN LET'S MOVE ON TO, UH,

[2b. Parliamentarian Presentation on Meeting Decorum]

THE PARLIAMENTARIAN PRESENTATION.

UH, WE'RE TRYING TO TIGHTEN UP, UH, THE WAY WE USE THE RULES WE'RE SUPPOSED TO USE.

ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER.

THERE'S A LOT OF THEM, SO, HELLO.

WELL, THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UH, SO THE LAST MEETING WAS, UM, AN ENTHUSIASTIC, UH, ONE ON EVERYONE'S PART, AND WE HAD SOME HEART RATES GETTING A RAISED, NO SURPRISE WHEREVER TOOLS WAS WRITTEN, BECAUSE THIS OFTEN HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE HAVE SPIRITED, DISAGREEMENT AND FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THINGS INTO, UM, IT IS A REALLY LENGTHY BOOK AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO GOING TO A LOT TONIGHT.

WE KNOW WE HAVE A BUSY AGENDA, BUT I JUST WANT TO LAY OUT A FEW THINGS THAT ARE HELPFUL FOR ALL OF US.

AND THE GOAL IS REALLY THAT WE FOCUS ON THE ISSUES AND ITEMS AT HAND, NOT THE PEOPLE.

SO I'M GONNA, UM, I WAS GOING TO DO A POWERPOINT, ALTHOUGH, UH, WE, I THINK IT'S MORE HELPFUL JUST TO WALK THROUGH A FEW KEY RULES AND, UM, I'LL ASK THAT THIS STAYS ON THE AGENDA SO I CAN SHARE MORE NEXT MEETING.

UM, THE FIRST ONE IS THAT THE RULE OF OUR PRESIDING OFFICER OR CHAIR, UM, IS, UH, MULTIFACETED.

SO HE IS TO, UM, INTRODUCE BUSINESS TO, UM, RE TAKE US THROUGH THE AGENDA TO INTRODUCE BUSINESS IN A PROPER ORDER TO RECOGNIZE SPEAKERS, TO DETERMINE IF THE MOTION IS IN ORDER TO KEEP DISCUSSION, TO REMAIN TO THE PENDING MOTION AND TO MAINTAIN ORDER IMPORTANTLY, FOR ANY OF US TO SPEAK.

THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO IS TO RAISE OUR HAND OR INDICATE THAT WE'D LIKE TO SPEAK.

UM, AND WE ADDRESS HIM AS CHAIR.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS ROBERT SCHOOLS TALKS ABOUT IS THAT WHEN YOU ADDRESS EACH OTHER, UH, IN AN INFORMAL FIRST NAME BASIS, IT CAN MAKE THINGS FEEL REALLY PERSONAL QUICKLY.

SO ROBERT TROLLS RECOMMENDS THAT YOU DON'T USE PEOPLE'S NAMES, BUT FOR OUR SAKE, A MORE FORMAL APPROACH IS TO REFER TO EACH OTHER AS COMMISSIONER.

SO I WOULD SAY COMMISSIONER NELSON OR COMMISSIONER HERRERA, UM, BUT WE'RE ACTUALLY NOT SUPPOSED TO DEBATE EACH OTHER BACK AND FORTH.

WE'RE ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO ADDRESS ALL OF OUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR, AND HE CAN THEN, UH, UH, HE CAN THEN GUIDE THE CONVERSATION OR CALLING THE NEXT PERSON.

AND HIS JOB IS REALLY, IF THERE IS A SPIRITED DEBATE TO CALL ON ONE PERSON WHO IS ON ONE SIDE OF THAT, AND THEN ONE PERSON WHO'S ON THE OTHER SIDE AND EACH PERSON IS AFFORDED TWO TIMES TO SPEAK, BUT WE ARE MEANT TO INTRODUCE THE CHAIR AND IT'S REALLY TO CREATE A MORE PRODUCTIVE, UM, CONVERSATION

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THAT IS GOING TO FOCUS ON THE ISSUES.

UM, IF THERE ARE PEOPLE INTERRUPTING MULTIPLE TIMES, MULTIPLE TIMES, AND THINGS DO GET TOO SPIRITED AND THE CHAIR, UM, CANNOT GET THE MEETING BACK TO ORDER, UH, BECAUSE OF A PARTICULAR COMMISSIONERS, UM, REFUSAL TO COMPLY.

UH, THERE ARE ACTIONS HE CAN TAKE, BUT WE DON'T THINK, WELL, THOSE WILL BE NECESSARY OR WE'LL GET THERE.

UM, AND REALLY THE MAIN THING THAT I WANT TO SHARE TONIGHT IS THAT, UH, WE HAVE THOSE EXPECTATIONS.

AND THEN AS FAR AS DIRECTOR BLAND, UM, HE WILL BE CALLED ON TO SPEAK.

UM, JUST LIKE A COMMISSIONER WILL BE.

AND IF HE WOULD LIKE HIS SCOTT TO SPEAK, THEN HE CAN REFER TO THEM.

UM, BUT THEY'RE NOT TO JUST SPEAK OUT OF TURN WITHOUT BEING INDICATED BY DIRECTOR BLAND TO SPEAK.

UM, SO THEY SHOULD WAIT TO BE CALLED ON BY HIM TO SPEAK.

UM, SO I'M GOING TO STOP THERE TONIGHT BECAUSE I THINK THOSE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR OUR MEETING.

AND OF COURSE THIS ONE IS GOING TO HAVE MORE SPIRITED DISCUSSION.

UM, AND SO REALLY ROBERT'S RULES JUST EMPHASIZES THAT SLOWING DOWN, TAKING A BREATH DEPERSONALIZING, AND TRYING TO REALLY STICK TO THE ISSUE WHILE PUTTING THE CHAIR AT THE CENTER OF THE MEETING AS THE PERSON REALLY LEADING IT, UM, CONTINUOUSLY WILL HELP US HAVE A MORE PRODUCTIVE MEETING AND HELP SOME OF THE STUFF THAT FELT LIKE COMPLEX THE NEXT TIME.

SO, UM, I'LL STOP THERE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, SEE IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OF ANYTHING, BUT I THINK YOU HEARD WE'LL, WE'LL CONTINUE THERE.

THERE'S A LOT TO IT.

AND IF YOU FOLLOW IT, THE MEETINGS RUN, I THINK MORE SMOOTHLY.

OKAY.

SO MONTHLY REPORTING OF DATA THAT IS OLD BUSINESS A YES.

ARE WE NOT GETTING THE STAFFING AND SERVICES BRIEFINGS AND THE AAC PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ON SERVICES BRIEFINGS, HE WENT THROUGH ALL THOSE.

YEAH, HE WENT BANG, BANG, BANG.

OKAY.

SO SORRY.

I'M SLIGHTLY CONFUSED THEN.

WHAT WERE ALL THOSE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WITH THE GRAPHS AND THE FLOW CHARTS THREE? WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THERE YET, SO THAT WASN'T PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS, UH, W UH, THE, THE FLOW CHART.

WHERE IS THAT? IT'S UH, DO WE HAVE IT ON HERE? I DON'T KNOW.

WE HAVE IT ON HERE.

WE HAD ASKED FOR THOSE THOUGH.

YOU RECOGNIZE ME? JUST MAKING SURE.

YES.

GO AHEAD.

GO AHEAD.

ART.

YEAH.

AT THE LAST MEETING, IT WAS REQUESTED THAT WE PRODUCED THE ARE ASKED 301 TO PROVIDE FLOW CHARTS.

AND THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED OF US.

UM, WE PUT THEM UNDER THE PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS IS THAT'S WHAT, WHAT 3, 1, 1 DOES WHEN PUBLIC CONTACTS THEM ON WHAT THEY NEED TO DO WITH, WITH SPECIFIC ANIMALS.

SO WE PUT THEM ON THERE FOR, FOR Y'ALL'S REVIEW.

AND IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS OR, AND IF ANY QUESTIONS THAT WE CAN ANSWER, WE'LL, WE'LL GLADLY SEND THOSE THE 3, 1, 1, AND WORK WITH THEM, BUT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW THOSE SCRIPTS THAT THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE SCRIPTS.

AND WE ARE MADE AWARE, THEN WE WORK WITH 3, 1, 1 TO TRY TO CORRECT THAT, BUT IT'S WHAT EACH OF THEIR AMBASSADORS ARE SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW WITHIN THEIR SYSTEMS. SO IF WE GET A CHANCE TO GO OVER THAT, WE CAN ACTUALLY PUT THAT AS AN ITEM ON NEXT MONTH'S AGENDA.

IF YOU HAVEN'T A CHANCE TO, WE, I THINK THAT'D BE THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH IT BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT CAME BACK, YOU KNOW, RIGHT BEFORE THE MEETING.

I MEAN, I WAS, WENT THROUGH THEM MYSELF.

OKAY.

SO

[3a. Monthly Reporting of Data]

LET'S MOVE ON THEN MONTHLY REPORTING OF DATA.

IS THERE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT MONTHS OR THERE SOMEONE WHILE WE'RE PALMER PALMER? GO AHEAD, PALMER.

I HAVE ONE, IF I HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE FLOW CHARTS, UM, I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK OVER, I'M GET ASKED NOW OR AT THE NEXT MEETING.

I THINK WE SHOULD PUT THAT AS A, AN AGENDA ITEM ON THE NEXT MEETING YOU THINK, UH, WOULD, UH, THERE, WE HAVE A LOT ON THIS AGENDA AND THERE'S MAYBE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THOSE AS I WAS LOOKING AT IT.

UM, WHAT W WHATEVER YOU THINK.

OKAY.

LET'S, LET'S PUT IT ON THE NEXT MONTH'S AGENDA.

I THINK SO.

UH, OKAY.

SO, UH, MONTHLY REPORTING OF DATA.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT MONTHLY REPORTING OF DATA? OKAY.

BEATRICE, YES.

I HAVE WHAT I'VE GOT.

I HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

UM, UH, GO AHEAD.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE ON BLEND, UH, I DON'T KNOW.

WELL, OKAY.

SO WHAT, WHAT, THIS IS ONE OF OUR AGENDA ITEMS. SO W W UH, WHAT, WHAT ARE YOUR GENERAL QUESTIONS? WHAT WERE THEY? SO I WENT THROUGH THE WHOLE RECORD IN IT AND DID AN ANALYSIS, AND I APPRECIATED THAT YOU SHARED A 20 22, 20 21, 20 20 FOR ME, THOSE DATA POINTS.

AND, UM, THE FIRST SLIDE IS ABOUT INTAKES BY ANIMAL.

AND,

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UH, I JUST NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE THINGS THAT I SAW THAT AT A HIGH LEVEL YOU SHOWED, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, THAT INTAKES TOTAL MAY FOR ANIMALS, WHAT'S ONE DOTHAN, 395 ANIMALS.

AND THEN YOU HAVE YOU BREAK IT DOWN BY TYPE OF ANIMALS, DOGS, CATS, AND AUGUR.

AND WHEN YOU ADD UP THAT, THE BREAKDOWN BETWEEN THE TOTAL AND THE BREAKDOWN OF THE TOTAL, THEY'RE NOT THE SAME AT ALL.

EVERY YEAR FROM 2020 TO 2021 IN 2020, YOU MAY, THEY DON'T ADD UP.

SO I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHY IS THAT AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE ANIMALS, NOT THIS, THAT THEN, FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2022, THE DIFFERENCES FOR ANIMALS IN 20 21, 5 IN 20, 20, 26.

SO IF YOU DON'T HAPPEN TO ANSWER, IT IS OKAY.

I WOULD LIKE, AND IT CAN COME BACK.

WHY DON'T WE ASK JASON, JASON, DO YOU HAVE A, UM, I'M DOING THE MATH RIGHT NOW ON THE BREAKDOWN.

AND I, I COME UP WITH 1395, SO, I MEAN, I'LL ASK THEM, OKAY, GO AHEAD.

NO, GO AHEAD.

JUST SO I GET, BUT JASON, WHEN YOU GO TO THE SLIDE THAT SHOWS THE PIE CHART, AND THEN YOU DO BY BREAKDOWN OF ANIMAL, YOU HAVE DOGS, CATS, AND AUGER, FOR EXAMPLE, 2022.

IF YOU LOOK AT DOGS, IT'S 587 DOGS, CATS, 748 SAID, AND ALL HER 58, WHEN YOU ADD UP THAT IS 1,391.

SO THERE ARE SEVEN AREAS THEY'RE UP FOR 1395 COMPARED TO 1391.

AND YOU SEE THAT IN EVERY YEAR, WE ALSO TOOK IN FOUR BIRDS.

SO THAT'S THE OTHER FOUR.

SO, BUT, BUT HUMOR ME.

OKAY, THAT'S FINE.

2021, YOU HAVE FIVE DIFFERENT IN 20, 20, 26, THE DIFFERENT IS A 26 BIRDS OR SOMETHING.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? SHOULDN'T THE NUMBERS ADD UP? I, I I'LL HAVE TO LOOK UP THAT ONE SPECIFICALLY AND MAKE SURE ADDING AND WHY IT'S NOT COMING UP BECAUSE I, I MEAN, UH, YEAH, I WILL PULL THAT UP RIGHT NOW AND SEE WHAT THE ISSUE IS.

WELL, I MEAN, IF IT'S GOING TO TAKE YOU A LITTLE TIME, WE CAN, YOU CAN REPORT ON THAT MAYBE NEXT TIME AND YEAH.

AND THEN I CAN SEND AN EMAIL WITH THE FOLLOW-UP.

YEAH.

YOU CAN SEND A FOLLOW UP EMAIL.

YES.

AND SHERIFF AND AN ANSWER.

I HAVE MORE PASSIONS.

YES.

SO, EH, AND I LOOK AT SEVERAL THINGS.

I STUDIED VERY CLOSELY THE REPORT.

SO ANIMALS ADOPTED A FOUR YEAR 20, 22 MAY 468, 20 21, 4 78, 20 2189.

WHEN DID A N OPTIMAL ANIMAL SERVICES START CLOSING ON SUNDAYS, JANUARY, JANUARY OF THIS YEAR.

OKAY.

SO JANUARY 23RD TO BE EXACTLY CORRECT.

BUT WASN'T THERE A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE YOU WERE CLOSED, LIKE IN 20, 20 BIG DO THE PANDEMIC? YES.

UH, FROM MARCH.

UM, YEAH, WE WERE CLOSED FROM MARCH 16TH FOR ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF.

AND, UM, THEN WE WERE OPENING IT UP VERY SLOWLY AND WE WERE DOING FOSTER APPOINTMENTS.

THEN WE HAD ADAPTED THAT TO, UH, ADOPTION APPOINTMENTS, TO VIRTUAL ADOPTION APPOINTMENTS, AND THEN HAVING INDIVIDUALS DRIVE UP, YOU KNOW, CURBSIDE TYPE DEAL, BUT ACTUALLY FALL ONTO THE PUBLIC.

I DON'T THINK WE OPENED TILL THE JUNE, TILL JUNE, JUNE 1ST.

OKAY.

SO, YOU KNOW, I HAD BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS THE YEAR HAS 52 WEEKS.

SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, 52 WEEKS IS ALMOST 60 DAYS, WHICH IS TWO MONTHS.

AND I'M JUST MAKING A COMMENT HERE.

SO 60 DAYS, AND YOU ADD UP THE HOLIDAYS, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT 60 DAYS, TWO MONTHS THAT PEOPLE ARE, DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO AND LOOK AT POTENTIALLY ADOPTING.

THAT'S A COMMENT.

SO, UM, ANOTHER QUESTION I HAVE FOR YOU, JASON, I WAS LOOKING AT ADOPTIONS BY OUTCOME IN AGE, MAKE TWO DOTS IN 22.

AND I THINK IT DOES.

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UM, WELL, I DON'T HAVE IT SET IN YOUR FLAG.

IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO ME BECAUSE THE BREAKDOWN, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE AGE GROUP, YOU, YOU LOOK AT THE AGE GROUP, YOU TAKE NEONATAL KITTEN, KITTENS, AND ADULT CATS.

FOR ME THAT IT'S A TOTAL OF 239.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OLDER FIGURE THAT YOU PROVIDE US OUTCOME IN MANY ADOPTION, IT'S 113 CATS.

SO THE NUMBERS DO NOT MATCH.

AND IT'S THE SAME THING WITH THE DOG DOGS.

BY OUTCOME AGE, YOU SHOW PUPPIES AND ADULT BACKS AT 229, BUT THEN YOU GO OUT, COUNT IT ME 355.

SO TOTAL NUMBER OF ADOPTIONS FOR BOATS, 468, BUT THERE'S SOMETHING THE NUMBERS ARE NOT MATCHING.

SO MY CONCERN HERE IS WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS STATISTICS AND THEY'RE NOT ACCURATE, AND I'M NOT SURE WHY, AND EVERYONE IS MAKING A DECISION BASED ON THIS DATA.

SO I, I'M PRETTY SURE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THIS RIGHT NOW, BUT I THINK YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THAT.

OH YEAH.

I MEAN, I'D BE HAPPY TO LOOK AT IT.

I MEAN, I'M LOOKING AT IT AND IT'S ADDING UP.

SO I'D LIKE TO, IF WE CAN DO IT OFFLINE, BUT I'LL REACH OUT TO YOU ON SETTING UP A SEPARATE MEETING SO WE CAN GO OVER IT.

AND IF THAT WOULD WORK OUT, I'M NOT SURE.

AND THAT'S, I'M APPRECIATING JASON.

CAUSE ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I WAS GOING TO OFFER, AND I DON'T MEAN TO INTERRUPT.

I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT.

NO, NO.

IT'S OKAY.

JASON.

NO, THAT'S OKAY.

OKAY.

SO LET'S, LET'S YOU GUYS MEET AND GO OVER THIS INQUIRY REPORT BACK UNDER THIS ITEM NEXT MONTH.

OKAY.

CAN I DO ONE MORE BECAUSE I, I JUST SPENT A LOT OF TIME DURING A QUICKLY, QUICKLY.

YEAH, I WON'T TAKE MUCH SO, AND I DON'T WANT TO SAY, UM, THERE WERE POSITIVE THINGS THAT I SAW, FOR EXAMPLE, ANYWAY, NO VACCINATIONS.

WHAT ARE YOU? 2,403 ANIMALS, 20 21, 865, 20 22, 1,840 PACKS.

SO THAT'S POSITIVE.

AND YOU ALSO SEE THAT IN A SPAY NEUTER AT SHELTER FRONT A HUNDRED SIXTEEN, TWENTY, TWENTY, AND 20 22, 400 CINDY A AND, BUT ONE LAST QUESTION THAT I, I NOTICED IN THE DATA YOU GAVE US ANIMALS AND FOSTERS IN ME.

YOU GAVE PAUSE FOR TWENTY TWENTY TWO, THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY EIGHT FOR 2021 NOISE STATISTICS, 2020 .

SO I'M WONDERING WHY IS THAT THERE WERE NO ANIMALS IN FOSTER THOSE TWO YEARS.

UM, UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T HAVE THE DATA.

THAT'S ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT OUR IT LIAISON IS STILL WORKING ON GETTING THAT POINT IN TYPE DATA FROM A PREVIOUS YEAR.

SO, YOU KNOW, I'VE SCOURED OTHER SORT OF REPORTS THAT WAY WE COULD TRY TO GET IT WE'VE REACHED OUT TO HLP, OR HE HAS TO BUILD SORT OF REPORTS THAT COULD TRY TO PULL THAT DATA FOR US.

UM, WHAT I WAS GOING TO OFFER BEFORE IS, YOU KNOW, TO SORT OF GET A BETTER SENSE OF SORT OF THE, THE CHALLENGES THAT WE'VE BEEN FACING, LIKE HE WAS WILLING TO OFFER, TO MEET WITH, WITH ANYBODY WHO'S INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT DATA WITH HIM AND, AND, AND GETTING HIS, YOUR THOUGHTS AND PERSPECTIVE SO WE CAN TRY TO IMPROVE, UH, WHAT WE HAVE OUT THERE.

SO, UM, BUT THAT'S FOR ANOTHER TIME AND PEOPLE CAN REACH OUT TO ME FOR THAT.

SO WE CAN POSSIBLY SET THAT UP, BUT THAT'S SORT OF THE STRUGGLE WHY WE DON'T INCLUDE FOR PREVIOUS YEARS, BECAUSE YEAH, WE CAN'T PULL THAT DATA FOR SOME REASON HOW TO CHAMELEON.

IT'S BEEN A BIG ISSUE.

THANK YOU, JASON.

OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WHY DON'T YOU GET TOGETHER WITH HIM? BECAUSE, UH, I DO AGREE WITH BIA THAT IT BECOMES VERY HARD FOR US TO SEE WHERE WE'RE GOING OR WHERE WE'VE BEEN.

AND I KNOW THERE'S BEEN A PANDEMIC AND YOU'VE CHANGED ALL THIS STUFF, BUT IT'S STILL AS HARD FOR US AS THE COMMISSION.

AND I GUESS WE MAY HAVE GOTTEN USED TO THAT IN YEARS PAST WHERE THERE WEREN'T THESE DIFFICULTIES.

OKAY.

UM, UH, NEXT, UH, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS ON MONTHLY REPORTING OF DATA.

[3b. Transferring Austin Animal Center Animals to Other Communities]

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE ON TO, UH, TRANSFERRING AWESOME ANIMAL CENTER ANIMALS TO OTHER COMMUNITIES AS THERE ANY, UH, WE HAD SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS.

I DO HAVE A QUESTION.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH ANIMALS YOU'RE GOING TO TRANSPORT TO ANOTHER COMMUNITY?

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W WE, UH, WORK WITH THEM AND THAT WE SEND THEM THEIR INVENTORY AND THEY LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE OPENINGS FAR, THAT'LL MATCH WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR.

SO THEY GO THROUGH OUR INVENTORY LIST AND SELECT ANIMALS, AS WELL AS, UM, THERE'S SOME NEGOTIATION SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, THEY MIGHT WANT THIS ONE ANIMAL, BUT WE WANT THEM TO TAKE, UH, A DIFFERENT ANIMAL.

SO WE'LL, YOU KNOW, YOU TAKE THESE TWO AND WE'LL LET YOU HAVE THAT ONE TOO.

SO WE IT'S A, UH, A NEGOTIATION, I THINK, UH, THAT THEY GET TO SELECT THE ANIMALS.

NOW, THERE IS, THERE WAS ONE RESCUE THAT DOES ALLOW US TO SELECT THE ANIMALS TO SEND TO THEM, BUT THAT IS THE EXCEPTION.

UH, DO THEY MAKE MONEY OFF THESE ANIMALS? DO SOME OF THE RESCUES MAKE MONEY OFF THE ANIMALS THEY GET FROM YOU? UH, ALL ANIMALS THAT WE SEND TO RESCUE, UH, THEY HAVE ADOPTION FEES THAT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN MOST OF OURS.

YES.

BUT THAT, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES THEY MIGHT BE TAKING AN ANIMAL THAT IS, UH, MEDICALLY CHALLENGED OR BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGED, AND IS GOING TO TAKE SOME ADDITIONAL DOLLARS FOR THEM TO, TO GET THAT ANIMAL ADOPTED.

SO TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, AND SOMETIMES THEY DO, SOMETIMES THEY DON'T.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? LOUISE IS THE SAME PROCESS, UH, WITH APA AND CONVINCE SOCIETY, RIGHT.

THEY CAME AND CHOOSE THE ANIMALS, SQUEEZING YOUR INVENTORY.

CORRECT.

YOU'RE GOING TO CHOOSE WHICH ANIMALS YOU WANT TO SEND.

CORRECT.

THANK YOU.

ALTHOUGH APA DOES HAVE A, A SPECIFIC NUMBER THEY MUST TAKE, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.

I MEAN, THEIR APA IS, IS GOING TO TAKE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF A CERTAIN KIND AND THAT'S PART OF THEIR CONTRACT.

YES.

BUT AT THE END THEY CHOOSE WHICH ONES THEY PULL.

RIGHT.

BUT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A CERTAIN AMOUNT.

YOUR I KNOW THAT.

YES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES.

AND SO, UM, MY QUESTION DIRECTOR BLAND IS, IS THERE A WAY WHEN INQUIRY SUBMITTED BECAUSE, UM, THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN AROUND AND THE MEETING WE HAD LAST FRIDAY AROUND THE SAME SUBJECT ANIMALS GOING OUT BEFORE THE STRAY HOLD IS OVER.

SO IS THERE A WAY FOR THE SHELTER WHEN YOU SEND OUT YOUR INVENTORY LIST TO FILTER IT BY ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE, LIKE A MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS TO TRY TO PREVENT ANIMALS GOING OUT TOO SOON, IS THERE A WAY TO, TO FILTER YOUR DATA AND SAY, YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM ANY OF THESE ANIMALS.

THEY'VE ALL BEEN HERE LONGER THAN TWO WEEKS.

AND WE, WE DO SOME OF THAT, BUT AS WE GO BACK TO LAST FRIDAY, THOSE ANIMALS THAT WENT TO TRANSPORT EARLY WERE MEDICAL REASONS.

AND THOSE WERE ALL LOCAL TRANSPORT.

YEAH.

I APOLOGIZE.

I SHOULD HAVE EXCLUDED MEDICAL AND LIFESAVING.

YEAH.

WE HAD NO OUT-OF-STATE TRANSPORTS THAT LEFT DURING THAT TIME EARLY.

YES.

OKAY.

BUT IN THE FUTURE, IS THAT POSSIBLE FOR YOU GUYS TO DO, IS MY QUESTION, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THE ANIMAL CENTER TO FILTER AND SEND THE AVAILABLE ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE 14 DAYS AND LONGER SO THAT IT GIVES PEOPLE IF THEY'RE OUT OF TOWN AND DIDN'T KNOW THEIR ANIMALS, WE CURRENTLY DO THAT.

I'D HAVE TO DEFER TO SOMEONE ELSE ON THE DATE THAT WE DO THAT IT IS IT 14 DAYS.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S ALL.

KAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES.

PALMER.

SO, UM, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ON THE MEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL.

WHAT PERCENTAGE WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE TRANSPORTS ARE MEDICAL OR BEHAVIORAL? I'LL DEFER TO ONE OF THE STAFF THAT DOES THAT.

UH, I WOULD NOT HAVE A PERCENTAGE.

I DON'T TRACK THAT.

AND THEN, UH, ONE OTHER QUESTION, IF THEY LEAVE PRIOR TO THE STREET HOLD, UM, I BELIEVE THE ORDINANCE READS THAT IT'S FOR LIFESAVING REASONS.

UM, AND SO THE MEDICAL CASES THAT ARE LEAVING PRIOR TO THE STRENGTH HOLD, PASSING THE LIFESAVING, OR WOULD THEY BE, UM, NOT AS URGENT MEDICAL NEEDS? I'M SORRY.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTION.

WE WERE TOLD THAT SOME OF THE ANIMALS LEFT PRIOR TO THE STRAY HOLD BECAUSE THEY NEEDED MEDICAL TREATMENT.

AND I BELIEVE THE ORDINANCE READS THAT IT WOULD BE FOR LIFE-SAVING REASONS THAT AN ANIMAL COULD BE TRANSFERRED PRIOR TO, UH, THE STRAY

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HOLD PASSING.

AND THEY WOULD BE UNDER RESCUE FOSTER AT THAT TIME.

BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS FOR LIKE SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL NEEDS.

AND I'M WONDERING IF THAT'S, IF THAT'S THE CASE, WHERE AM I MISINTERPRETING THAT? UH, YES, THAT WAS GO TO APA.

THEY'RE USUALLY PARVO PANLEUK MEDICAL, URGENT DOGS AND, UH, URGENT CATS, NEONATAL AND NEONATAL.

YES.

OKAY.

AND I, I KNEW AK DID THAT.

I THOUGHT THAT MAYBE THERE WAS A REFERENCE EARLIER, UM, FROM, UH, CHIEF BLAND THAT MAYBE SOME OTHER ANIMALS WERE TRANSFERRED EARLY DUE TO MEDICAL ON A TRANSPORT, THE ONES TRANSPORTED ON A TRANSPORT.

WE'RE NOT EARLY, THEY WERE ANIMALS THAT HAD HAD AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

THAT HAD BEEN THERE SEVERAL WEEKS.

OKAY.

SO THE, SORRY, MY UNDERSTANDING IT, IF THEY'RE TRANS TRANSFERRED BEFORE THE STRAY HOLD, IT WOULD BE FOR URGENT LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL NEEDS.

YES.

THOSE WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT WENT OUT EARLY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY.

UM, THEN LET'S GO ON TO, UM, UH, LET'S SEE.

I'VE GOTTA MOVE THAT

[3c. Austin Animal Center Space Crisis and Recommendations from the Space Crisis Working Group]

OSS AML CENTER SPACE, CRISIS, AND RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SPACE WORKING GROUP SPACE, WORKING GROUP, READY TO MAKE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS YET? UH, SO THE SPACE WORKING GROUP HAS BEEN MEETING EVERY TUESDAY FOR 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR.

IT HAS ABOUT 15 PEOPLE ON IT.

AND, UH, WE ARE PREPARING A, UH, SERIES OF FINDINGS, UH, AND COMMISSIONER NELSON.

UM, I, IN SOME OF THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE ON THE GROUP MAY HAVE MORE TO ADD, BUT, UM, CURRENTLY WE ARE IN THE HOMEWORK PHASE AND ARE JUST GATHERING A NUMBER OF IDEAS FROM VOLUNTEERS, FROM STAFF, UM, AND REVIEWING ALL OF THE DATA TO TRY TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SITUATION.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR, UH, LET'S START WITH PAGE? WELL, YEAH, I SUPPOSE I CAN GIVE A BIT OF A SUMMARY MINDS HAVE MAINLY RELATED TO THE BUDGET.

DO YOU WANT ME TO SAVE THAT TILL THE NEXT ITEM? UH, YEAH, THE NEXT LET'S LET'S WAIT TILL THE NEXT ITEM TO TALK ABOUT ANY, WHAT, WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING IS, IS DOING SOME BUDGET DISCUSSION ON THE SPACE CRISIS BECAUSE THEY ARE RELATED, BUT WE PUT THEM DOWN HERE AS TWO, TWO SEPARATE THINGS.

SO LET'S SAY THAT ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ON THIS? OKAY, WELL THEN LET'S GO ON TO, UH,

[3d. Austin Animal Center Staffing Request for Budget FY 23]

AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, STAFFING REQUESTS FOR BUDGET, UH, PHYSICAL, UH, PHYSICAL YEAR 23, 20 23.

UH, THE LAST INFORMATION WE HAD WAS DON GAVE US A LIST OF, OF, OF JOBS HE WAS HOPING TO ADD.

AND SOME OF THESE WERE REPLACING PART-TIME JOBS, LIKE TWO PART-TIME JOBS WITH A FULL-TIME JOB, AND HE GAVE US LISTS OF THAT.

SO, UH, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THAT AT THE MOMENT? YES.

YEAH.

WELL, I, UM, I WROTE UP A LITTLE BIT OF A SUMMARY AND THEN, YOU KNOW, MY TIME DEDICATED TO THIS SPACE, CRISIS AND BUDGET WORKING GROUP OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, UM, MAINLY WENT INTO CONVINCING SOME OF THE OTHER COMMISSIONER MEMBERS THAT THERE WAS A SPACE CRISIS, HOW BAD IT WAS AND HOW VALIANTLY THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AT THE SHELTER WORK TO IMPROVISE HOUSING AND KEEP ANIMALS CLEAN, FED, WATERED, AND EXERCISED UNDER THESE EXTREME AND UNSUSTAINABLE CONDITIONS.

AND LIKE, FELT LIKE I FINALLY GOT LESS PUSHBACK ONCE I SENT SOME PHOTOGRAPHS.

AND THAT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE PICTURES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND