April Moore loves animals. In fact, she owns several and believes strongly in saving the lives of as many as she can.
That is one of many reasons why the City of Baytown decided to hire her as the new Animal Shelter Manager.
“I just started Monday and am hitting the ground running,” Moore said. “The first week is going pretty well. We are getting to know the team, working with the leadership, and taking opportunities when we can to start moving forward.”
Moore comes from Austin having served as the Animal Protection Supervisor with the Field Services Unit at the Austin Animal Center for over 10 years. She assisted the Animal Services Office in Austin becoming the nation’s largest no-kill open-intake animal shelter.
“I filled that position for a little over a decade (in Austin). And more recently, with Austin Animal Center, I was the Engagement Manager overseeing engagement focus programs such as our hospitality team, our neighborhood program team, and our outreach team,” Moore said.
Moore said she focused on driving outcomes and finding placement for animals while at the Austin shelter. In addition, she was extending the shelter’s reach in the community through educational programming and free/low-cost services.
“The focus in Austin was around equipping the community with the tools they need to empower them to make good decisions for their animals,” she said. “We wanted to position ourselves as a partner in the community, so we were there to be a resource, not necessarily the solution with rehoming and such.”
Moore said she feels her experience and knowledge will help the City of Baytown achieve a higher level of lifesaving for animals in alignment with the no-kill resolution that was unanimously passed by Baytown council in 2017. The resolution is geared to make Baytown’s animal control shelter facility a no-kill zone by 2025.
“The work has, in part, already begun in trying to improve processes and looking at the different programs that will help us increase our lifesaving capabilities,” Moore said.
Jay Garrett Jr., founder and president of A Life to Live, said Moore is a reputable, qualified and experienced shelter manager.
“With new management in the Health Department, Animal Control, and with the new leadership of Baytown Mayor Brandon
Capetillo and other supportive and pet-loving councilmembers like Heather Betancourth of District 4, we are incredibly excited about the future of animal welfare within our city, and we will continue to support the City of Baytown Animal Control for the benefit of animals and people within our community,” Garrett said.
Garrett also thanked the adopters, volunteers, fosters, rescues and rescuers, Animal Control Staff, and the community for supporting the lifesaving efforts and the push for change within the city.
James Garcia, Baytown’s assistant director of health, said he is pleased with Moore’s hiring as well.
“With the no-kill initiative, we had to bring in the right manager to direct this into our future goals,” Garcia said. “Selecting that person took some time, and we made our decisions, and we couldn’t be happier. We really made it a person with experience to move forward in achieving the council’s agenda for 2025. Also, it helps get things in place and us to be proactive before the new shelter opens. That is why she is here – to make the transition smoother.”
In June, council saw and accepted a design from Quorum Architecture for a new animal shelter. The projected $6 million facility is expected to have features such as a separate space for animal adoptions and a spay/neuter clinic with pre-operation space.
Moore said she is excited about the new shelter and is looking forward to implementing programs to make it successful.
“I think as with any community that is seeking to achieve a higher level of lifesaving, we will look at programs that have proven successful across the country and look to find ways to implement in ways that make sense for the city of Baytown,” Moore said. “We will continue to work with our community and our phenomenal staff and city leadership and keep moving forward.”
Moore intends to emphasize improving the city’s animal adoption program.
“There are programs we know help drive lifesaving animals and support and sustain livesaving in communities, one is a robust adoption program,” she said. “We currently offer adoptions, but the organization is going to improve upon and build out our opportunities to reach the community.”
Moore said if anyone wishes to donate food or toys to the shelter, they can do so by calling 281-422-7600.
The primary items needed at the shelter include dry dog food, wet cat food and cat litter. Non-dye dog food is preferred. Seasonal blankets are also a necessity. The shelter could also use both dog and cat toys.
There will be a free adoption promotion from 1 to 4 p.m. this afternoon at the shelter.