San Antonio Animal Care Services' Live Release Rate Falls Below No-kill Standard

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No-kill no more.
After four months of no-kill status, San Antonio Animal Care Services dropped below the nationally accepted standard for no-kill in April.

In order to earn the "no-kill" title, at least 90 percent of the animals which enter a city's shelters must leave alive. It does not mean that no animals are euthanized by a city. ACS announced in January that it had reached the long sought-after goal in December 2015.

The agency maintained at least that rate until April, when it dipped to 88.89.

Although slipping from no-kill status is a setback, ACS has still drastically improved its live release rate over the past few years. As recently as 2010, it euthanized over 75 percent of the animals it took in.

March and April were a particularly busy month for ACS. The agency took in over 2,900 animals in both months, about 400 more than any other since it hit no-kill status.

The drop comes as ACS searches for its next leader. Former Director Kathy Davis announced her retirement in March. Candidates for her replacement will be interviewed next week.