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Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Animal Advisory Commission Records

An Inventory of a Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Animal Advisory Commission Records
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Animal Advisory Commission Records
Inclusive Dates: 1992-2010
Bulk Dates: 2000-2010
Abstract: The Austin Animal Advisory Commission advises Austin City Council on issues relating to animal welfare in Austin and Travis County. The administrative files, meeting agendas and minutes, and reports in this collection highlight the activities of the commission from 1992 to 2010.
Identification: AR.2011.040
Quantity: 3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government and provide citizens an opportunity to participate in the City's governmental process and lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider. They are created by the City Council as the need arises and dissolved if the need for the particular board or commission ends or if the purpose of the board/commission needs to be altered.

The Animal Advisory Commission was established in 1992 by ordinance 920528-I which dissolved the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee. The Ordinance establishing the Animal Advisory Commission has been amended and updated due to a recodification of the city code through the years, but the Commission's responsibility of advising the city council and the Travis County Commissioners Court on compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 823 has remained intact.

The current 2012 ordinance (20091217-046) reads that the commission shall advise the city council and the Travis County Commissioners Court on compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 823 (Animal Shelters); advise council on animal welfare policies and on budget priorities identified by the Commission and the community, except on issues related to the administration of the Animal Services Division; promote collaboration between the City and interested parties relating to animal welfare in the city; identify proactive, creative approaches to engage and facilitate communication within animal welfare community; and foster and assist the development of animal welfare programs in the community. See Section 2-1-102 of the City Code for more details on the duties of the Animal Advisory Commission.

Scope and Contents

The Administrative Records series (1992-2008) consists of the various ordinances that pertain to the Animal Commission, mission statements and bylaws and assorted documents outlining the rules and regulations for commission meetings.

The Meeting Agenda and Minutes series (2000-2010) comprises of the bulk of the collection and consists of meeting agendas and minutes (sometimes referred to as meeting summaries), attendance rosters, handwritten notes, reports of operations, financial information, requests to speak and other support materials for all meetings held by the Austin Animal Advisory Commission (formally the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee) from October 2000 through August 2010. These records focus on plans to reduce euthanasia, increase adoptions, and decrease shelter intake. Highlights of the collection include material on the building of the new Animal Services Center and the No Kill implementations policies.

The Reports series (2001-2010) consists of two reported titled "No Kill Implementation Plan" and "Implementation Plan to Reduce Animal Intake and Increase Live Animal Outcomes" created by the Animal Advisory Commission and city staff. Also included are annual reports and work plans dating from 2001-2003, 2008, that were filed with the City of Austin of the City Clerk as required by Austin City Code 2-1-46.


Collection is arranged into 3 series:
I. Administrative Records
II. Meeting Agendas and Minutes
III. Reports


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Austin (Tex.) Animal Advisory Commission.
Austin (Tex.)
Animal welfare--Texas--Austin.
Animal welfare--Texas--Travis County.

Related Material

Austin Files - Animals - Townlake Animal Center A4200(23)

ATX/Channel 6 Video Collection - meeting recordings dated from 1995-1998.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin(Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Animal Advisory Commission Records (AR.2011.040). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: City of Austin Records Transfer

Donation Date: 2011

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Rachel Panella in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Records, 1992-2008

Box Folder
1 1 Ordinances, 1992-2008, undated
2 Bylaws, 1997-1998, undated
3 Assorted documents, 2000-2007

II. Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1996-2010

Location COAcabinet
Microform Room Drawer 4 (2 reels) 1996-2000
Box Folder
1 4-10 2000 October-2003 March
Box Folder
2 1-6 2003 April-2004 December
Box Folder
3 1-7 2005 January-2006 April
Box Folder
4 1-6 2006 May-2007 July
Box Folder
5 1-6 2007 August-2008 November
Box Folder
6 1-6 2009 January-2009 December
Box Folder
7 1-6 2010 January-2010 August

III. Reports, 2001-2010

Box Folder
8 1 Reports and work plans, 2001-2003, 2008
"No Kill Implementation Plan," 2010 February
"Implementation Plan to Reduce Animal Intake and Increase Live Animal Outcomes," 2010 March