Austin has resolved to keep a 90 percent “live release” rate within the city animal shelter. That means they do not let animals be put down when they aren’t picked for adoption within a certain time. This may be responsible for as much as $157 million in economic impact. The animal services budget has more than doubled since ’09, and each animal costs the city $715 per year, which is significantly higher than pretty much every major city in the United States. Despite these monetary losses, being a humane city has definite benefits within the community.
This humanity shows a social awareness that attracts young, mobile, and highly educated professionals. People want to move to a city that cares about its animals because it shows that it must care about its people first. Nearly two thirds of millennials chose a city first and a job second, meaning they would rather have a job they liked in a city they loved rather than a job they loved in a city they just liked.
The data used to make these inferences isn’t definite though. It is estimated that 9.8 percent of people that move to Austin do it for “unspecified reasons,” which can be inferred as including this animal and pet friendly resolution. In a survey of just under 1000 people, fifteen percent chose “pet friendliness” as a reason to move to Austin. Essentially, fifteen percent of the nearly ten percent of the people who recently moved to Austin did it for reasons tied to the no-kill shelter, and these people brought with them a huge economic impact- 72.3 million dollars.
We don’t know for sure if “pet friendliness” is about the shelter, or just the general pet friendliness of the city, be it the hiking trails, tons of pet friendly restaurants, cafes and stores, or the abundance of other pet owners, but it is easy to assume that they all do make an impact.
When people google “moving company,” they often also search for pet friendly apartments for rent. We can use this data to assume that Austin’s huge recent population boom may indicate some appreciation for the resolution that made Austin a “humane city” for pets.
Are you considering moving to Austin for the pet friendliness or the no-kill resolution? Either way, we are the Austin moving company for you. At Real Men Moving, we’re ready to move you and your furry friend into the perfect Austin home. Visit us online for a quote!