Judging by recent euthanasia-versus-adoption rates in San Antonio (61 percent killed, 39 percent adopted), we’re a long way from achieving our goal of “no-kill” status by 2012. There has been improvement, however, thanks to the combined efforts of the volunteer community and the city’s Animal Care Services. We’ve taken a more realistic look at what needs to be done to achieve the no-kill goal, set in 2007 when our euthanasia rate for homeless animals was the highest in the nation. ACS is stepping up efforts with better public outreach and bringing spay-and-neuter clinics to low-income areas, boosting the promotion of animals up for adoption, and trying to better enforce animal care laws by holding irresponsible pet owners more accountable.
Last year, ACS collaborated with Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare and the San Antonio Area Foundation Consortium of Partners to form the Talk About It! campaign. Talk About It!/¡Vamos A Hablarlo! is a bilingual, multi-channel grassroots effort still chasing no-kill status by promoting spay/neuter, adoption, and responsible pet care (talkaboutitsa.org).
Even those “alley cats” need love. San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program (sanantonioferalcats.org) is the purrfect place to start if you want proven solutions.
Oh, and save a life today at www.sapets.com. Go on, look at their little faces, and make sure to take notice of the “claim before” date. No need to explain what that means.
Animal Care Services (ACS)
4710 SH 151, (210) 207-4PET, saacs.net
Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL)
11300 Nacogdoches, (210) 655-1481 x104, adltexas.org
SPAYSA (Gladys Harborth Animal Resource Center)
1615 S. Laredo, (210) 351-7729, animalresource.org
San Antonio Humane Society
4804 Fredericksburg, (210) 226-7461, sahumane.org
Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
6756 Ingram, (210) 673-7722, snapus.org
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