Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare
11:50 am
Fri August 15, 2014

City Providing Low-Cost Microchipping For Pets

Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

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.

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Animal Welfare
9:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

ADL In Dire Need Of New Foster Homes For Sudden Increase In Abandoned Puppies And Kittens

Eileen Pace TPR News

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."

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Animal Welfare
9:19 am
Fri February 7, 2014

ACS Focusing On Areas With Most Bite/Stray Calls For Neighborhood Information Sweeps

City Council District 1 (orange) is the target of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative this weekend.
City of San Antonio

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.

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Animal Welfare
4:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Buddy The Dog Released Pending Appeal Of Euthanasia Order

Photo of buddy from the rally's Facebook page.
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Animal-rights activists say public outcry has given a dog named Buddy another reprieve. But a local group is planning to work to bring about more awareness to state law that they say is too broad.

In a case that’s come to be known as "Buddy the Dog," the Golden Retriever’s owners are seeking a permanent resolution to keep him from being euthanized.

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Animal Welfare
5:24 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

Two killer whales fly out of the water during a show at SeaWorld Orlando's Shamu Stadium in 2010.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 8:11 pm

The documentary 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.

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Animal Welfare
9:06 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000

A black rhino in Namibia's Etosha National Park.
Frans Lanting DPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 10:23 am

The Dallas Safari Club's controversial auction of a permit to hunt one black rhino in Namibia raised $350,000 over the weekend, the club confirms on its Facebook page.

That's at the lower end of the range that club executive Ben Carter had expected. In December, he told NPR that he hoped the auction would raise $225,000 to $1 million.

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Animal Welfare
11:44 am
Wed December 4, 2013

ACS Director Addresses Euthanasia Concerns At Little-Known Brooks Facility

Kelly Plessala took pictures of the animals at Brooks in an effort to help them get adopted. She estimates she saved about 1,000 dogs by including their profiles on Facebook and her website.
Kelly Plessala

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.

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Animal Welfare
2:54 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Texas Club Auctioning Off Chance To Shoot Endangered Black Rhino

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A North Texas club’s auction of a rare permit that will allow the winner to shoot an endangered black rhino is drawing criticism from international conservationists.

The Dallas Safari Club has obtained a rare permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and permission from the African nation of Namibia to shoot one of five endangered black rhinos.

Attorney John J. Jackson III is a member of the club and helped orchestrate the auction that he said will go to protecting the animal.

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Animal Welfare
12:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Newest Pet Adoption Center In San Antonio Sets Ambitious First-Year Goal

Who could resist this face?
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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Animal Welfare
9:41 am
Tue October 15, 2013

ADL Expanding Veterinary Hospital To Accommodate Additional Population

Animals often are suffering from serious illness or injuries that must be treated before they are put up for adoption.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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