Under the direction of Dr. Ellen Jefferson, APA has become a nationwide leader in the no-kill revolution. She used years of data to find a solution to Austin’s shelter euthanasia rate. They began by targeting their help to animals on the Austin Animal Center’s (AAC) euthanasia list, and using the data from animals they saved to create a more efficient system. The entire report can be found here, some of the solutions included: more off site adoption events, larger foster program, and Parvo ICU and isolation unit for sick animals. The APA continues to operate off of data and best practices – in 2011 their live outcome rate reached 90 percent, meaning 90 percent of animals were saved! They have a great guide to getting no-kill started in any shelter.