Austin celebrates six years as largest no kill-city in U.S.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — This February marks the sixth anniversary since Austin became the nation’s largest no-kill city. To celebrate, Austin Pets Alive! hosted a no-kill anniversary party Sunday night.

Since a resolution was approved in 2011 to make Austin a no-kill city, more than 90 percent of animals have been rescued from shelters across the city.

“We’re affecting all of the United States. People are coming to us – coming to our new training academy to learn about our new programs and how they can dispense that into their cities,” said Hannah Horstman.

Palm Door on Sixth hosted the event, which included a performance by Phineas Gage, a silent auction, food and drinks and an awards presentation.

The city’s “no kill” policy requires the city shelter to not kill healthy pets while empty cages are available.

They also cannot euthanize more than 10 percent of all impounded animals.

A decade before the policy was implemented, more than half of all animals were euthanized. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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