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In 2007, Ryan Clinton visited Austin’s animal shelter. There, he spotted a pit bull puppy.
"That puppy stared straight into my eyes, seemingly begging me to take him," the Austin lawyer says. "I already had multiple fosters at the time, and this was back when Austin was killing over 1,000 animals a month. I can still hear him cry as I walked away. It kills me to this day."
Two years earlier, he and his wife, Sarah Clinton, had founded FixAustin, a group dedicated to promoting the national No Kill campaign locally. That crusade aims to save more than 90 percent of shelter animals, euthanizing only the terminally ill or really dangerous.
Although Austin and Travis County had set No Kill goals as early as 1997, the shelter during the 2000s still put to death more than 50 percent of its animals.
Against the will of some animal welfare activists who oppose No Kill tactics, but with strong support from City Council members such as Mike Martinez and Laura Morrison, Austin finally put its shoulder behind No Kill in 2010.
Just a few months later, it became the largest city in the country to achieve that status.
To read the rest of this history, go to: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/pets/breathing-life-into-austins-no-kill-wins/nZY7F/