Austin is the largest 'no kill' city in the country when it comes to the animal adoption process, and now even bigger cities are coming here trying to follow Austin's lead.
Austin Pets Alive is holding a national conference, hosting representatives from shelters and organizations from around the country to show them how became a 'no kill' city.
This is a 3-day conference outlining the different processes from political to environmental on how Austin came to be the largest 'no kill' city. Meaning if there's an animal at local shelters facing euthanization, Austin Pets Alive steps in to care for the animal, and finds it a new home.
More than 18,000 animals have been saved with the program in the past two years. Representatives from others cities say they are here to basically copy what Austin is doing and take it back home.
"We're looking for the magic wand to clone them, essentially is what we're doing. We haven't found the magic wand to clone them yet, but what they're doing is giving us the road map and that's the next best thing. So they've laid it out. Brick by brick on how they did it, exactly what they did, how they got involved, who they got involved and we're doing is we're just following the path that they laid," said Rick Barron with Clermont Pets Alive, based in Cincinnati, OH.
There are more than 150 representatives from 26 states in Austin for the conference, which runs through Monday.