We’re extremely excited to be announcing a new arm of Austin Pets Alive! just down the road … San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!).
San Antonio City Council voted unanimously today to approve a city partnership with SAPA! to allow them to work directly with San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) with the goal of saving at least 4,000 lives in San Antonio this year.
Our new branch is looking for local volunteers, fosters, donors and adopters to join their force and ultimately turn San Antonio into the largest no-kill city in the nation. To learn more about how you and your friends in San Antonio can help, visit their website or check out SAPA! on Facebook.
For more information about the partnership and this weekend’s big kick-off adoption event, see below. Please help us in spreading the word about this exciting news for the homeless dogs and cats of San Antonio!
San Antonio Animal Care Services Partners with New Nonprofit San Antonio Pets Alive! to Save an Additional 4,000 Animals This Year
San Antonio Pets Alive! hosting first-ever mega-adoption event this weekend
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 19, 2012) – In an effort to save more dogs and cats at San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) and ultimately reach the city’s no-kill goal, ACS is partnering with new local nonprofit San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!). SAPA! is an offshoot of neighbor Austin Pets Alive!, an organization that has saved over 11,500 pets from euthanasia in Central Texas since 2008 and that has been integral in helping Austin reach a save rate of 91 percent for all city shelter animals in 2011.
San Antonio City Council voted unanimously today to approve the partnership that will save at least 4,000 additional lives this year. SAPA! staff and volunteers will work hand-in-hand with ACS to help increase shelter live outcomes and engage the community to both adopt and volunteer.
“We’re so excited about this partnership with the City of San Antonio that will allow us to save the lives of thousands of homeless pets. While our contract is to save 4,000 dogs and cats, we believe that in partnership with the city, we can actually save all the salvageable pets this year,” said Dr. Ellen Jefferson, executive director of San Antonio Pets Alive! “We’ve proven that no-kill is possible in Austin, and we know the same can happen here, making San Antonio the largest city in the U.S. to achieve no-kill.”
In order to be successful, SAPA! needs people to open their homes to just one more pet through adoption or fostering, as every life is counting on just one person to be a hero for them in the San Antonio community. The organization’s new slogan is “What number hero will you be?” and they firmly believe that if enough heroes come forward to help, San Antonio can reach a no-kill status in 2012.
“We are so thrilled to be working with San Antonio Pets Alive! because they have a proven track record from their work in Austin,” said Animal Care Services Interim Director Joe Angelo. “This is a first for ACS and a first for the community! As we continue to increase our live release rate, we’re sure positive partnerships like this will help us get there even quicker.”
SAPA! is hosting their first-ever adoption event this weekend at San Antonio’s Animal Care Services, located at 4710 Highway 151, San Antonio, Texas.
The hours of the adoption event are:
- Friday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, January 22 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Adoption fees for all pets will be reduced to just $25, which includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and a microchip. This weekend’s SAPA! Kick-Off Adoption Event will be the first of many adoption events hosted by SAPA! in partnership with ACS.
About San Antonio Pets Alive!
San Antonio Pets Alive! (an offshoot of Austin Pets Alive!) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to promoting and providing the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. The organization’s purpose is two-fold: to provide the services needed to save the lives of the thousands of pets killed every year at city shelters and to prevent them from getting there in the first place.