The city has initiated a push today to microchip pets.
It is the equivalent of a dog’s wallet or a cat’s purse. The microchip technology identifies each animal with its name, pet owner, address and phone number so it can be returned in case its gets lost in the future.
An increasing number of abandoned newborn kittens have been reported across the city, and the Animal Defense League is putting out a call for fosters to help take care of them.
ADL spokesman Hugo Vital said the younger kittens have strained resources at the no-kill shelter.
"Like in the case of three kittens that were just surrendered to us, they will require feeding every two to three hours,"Vital said. "It's almost like having a newborn baby in your home. They're going to require a lot more attention on a regular basis."
The City of San Antonio's Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative continues this weekend to deliver responsible pet ownership info and resources directly to residents.
City Council District 1 is being targeted for the initiative this weekend.
Records kept by Animal Care Services of the high-risk neighborhoods pinpoint those with the most bite reports and the most stray animal calls. They deploy staff and volunteers to the targeted area to go door-to-door with education, awareness, and enforcement.
Thedocumentary Blackfish made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered last January, and got more attention when it was released in theaters over the summer. But it didn't reach its largest audience until October, when millions watched it on CNN.
It's a powerful documentary that focuses on Tilikum, the male orca who pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau into the water and killed her at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010. In telling the story, Blackfish relies heavily on interviews with former SeaWorld trainers like Samantha Berg.
The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services operates a dog shelter facility on the Southside at Brooks City-Base. In its three year history, it hasn't attracted much attention. It was used for overflow from the main campus located off Hwy 151 near the San Antonio Food Bank.
Several weeks ago the Brooks facility transitioned from an overflow shelter to quarantine. It is now responsible for holding animals for bite or cruelty cases.
The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions is now open at Brackenridge Park and leaders are hoping the fresh design will make an impact on adoptions in a city that has struggled with animal overpopulation.
"We want this to be a destination [and] not just only for adoptions," said Joel Mclellan, the director of operations for the center.
The Animal Defense League breaks ground this week on a future Hospital Recovery Kennel. The new hospital space is needed to accommodate the 3,100 animals the city will start sending ADL late next year.
The Animal Defense League was awarded a contract to take on an additional number of animals picked up by the city, along with funding to build kennels to hold those animals. But the $2.2 million from the city’s bond package pays just for the holding kennels.